Going to France
It will be easy for you to go to France, most cities have airports, Paris has 4 for itself! Many bus and train stations make traveling to border countries as easy as internal travel.
Tip: remember to book or buy your ticket in advance, especially during important periods like Christmas. The prices are not only very high, but tickets are hard to find.
Many internal flights allow you to travel all around France. For flights from Paris:
- Bordeaux : 1h10
- Lyon : 1h05
- Marseille : 1h20
- Montpellier : 1h15
- Nantes : 1h10
- Nice : 1h30
- Toulouse : 1h15
France is a country with a very developed rail network. Many towns and villages are served by trains, which allows you to travel around France at a lower cost. You can travel by TGV or regional trains that serve more cities on their way. Allow 2 hours between Paris and Lyon, Poitiers, Rennes, Dijon and 3 hours to go to Marseille, Montpellier or La Rochelle.
Roads in France are excellent and the bus is undoubtedly the most economical way to travel long distances. Companies such as OUIBUS or FlixBus offer journeys from 5 € !
You can use ferries if you want to go to Corsica, the islands of Guernsey and Jersey, the red island to Toulon and many other destinations.
It is hard to find a city without public transport !
Bus network in France is very extensive and there are few towns and villages which are not served. It’s a simple and efficient way to get around a city.
The major metropolises of France have fast and efficient trams, it is surely the most efficient means of transport to get around a city without traffic.
Many cities make bicycles available at fair prices (0.50 € -1 € / h) with well-equipped cycle paths that allow you to move freely and safely.
Driving in France
You must be at least 18 to drive in France. For scooters and motorcycles the minimum age depends on the power of the vehicle, for mopeds under 50cc the required age is 14 years old
If you come to France for less than 6 months, you can come with your own vehicle without making any procedures. Beyond that, you will need to register your vehicle.
If you are coming from a country outside the european union or the economic european area and/or your driving licence is not french, you will need to translate or apply for an international driving licence valid for one year, beyond that you must get a french licence. Think about getting from your prefecture, the procedures can be long !
Pour cela, vous devrez présenter : To have it, you will need:
- Two identity photos
- A valid licence as well as a copy
- Address proof
- A copy of ID
This procedure is very easy and free.
The international driving license is valid for 3 years. Please note: always keep your original license with you, otherwise the international license has no value!
Highways are chargeable as well as the entrance to certain tunnels. Driving is on the right. The speed limit on the highway is 130km / h, 90km / h on two-way roads with central separation and 80km / h on two-way roads without central separation.
You must be at least 18 years old to rent a car, although most agencies require that you have at least 1 or even 3 years of license. Some agencies may request a supplement if your age is below the required age. The conditions also depend on the category of car you want to rent.
1 month pass for public transport
1L of gas
Price of car rent/week
Price of an internal flight
Price of a taxi ride by KM from the airport to the city center.
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