Travel to France

Flying to France

The national airline is Air France (www.airfrance.com). Flights to France are cheaper during off-peak periods - namely spring and autumn - while summer and ski season tend to see higher prices.

Major airports are: Bastia Poretta Airport, Bordeaux Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport, Lille Airport, Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, Marseille Provence Airport, Nantes Atlantique Airport, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris-Orly Airport, Strasbourg International Airport and Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.

Flight times:

From London to Paris - 1 hour 15 minutes; New York to Paris - 7 hours 20 minutes.

Air passes:

Various air passes are available which incorporate France, such as the OneWorld Visit Europe Pass (www.oneworld.com) and the SkyTeam Go Europe Pass (www.skyteam.com).

Departure tax:

None.

Airport guides

Airport Code: BOD. Location: Bordeaux Airport is situated 12km (7.5 miles) west of central Bordeaux, in the Aquitaine region of... Money: ATMs are available at various points throughout the airport. Currency exchange services are... Read more

Airport Code: LYS. Location: Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is situated 20km (13 miles) east of Lyon's city centre. Money: A bureau de change kiosk is located in the central hall (known as The Square) between Terminals 1... Read more

Airport Code: MRS. Location: Marseille Provence Airport is situated 25km (16 miles) northwest of Marseille. Money: ATMs and a bureau de change can be found in the terminals. Read more

Airport Code: NCE. Location: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is located 7km (4 miles) west of Nice. Money: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport has banks and ATMs in both terminals. A bureau de change service is also... Read more

Airport Code: ORY. Location: Paris-Orly Airport is located 14km (9 miles) south of Paris. Money: There is a HSBC Bank branch in Orly West terminal. Both terminals have ATMs. Bureaux de change... Read more

Airport Code: CDG. Location: Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport is located 23km (14 miles) northeast of Paris. Money: There are bureaux de change and at least one ATM in each of the three terminals. A bank branch is... Read more

Airport Code: SXB. Location: Strasbourg International Airport is situated 10km (6 miles) southwest of Strasbourg. Money: There is one ATM available in the Arrivals area of the airport. Read more

Airport Code: TLS. Location: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is situated 8km (5 miles) northwest of Toulouse. Money: There is a bank in the arrivals hall (Hall B) that is open every day except Sundays. There are also... Read more

Airport Code: GNB. Location: Grenoble-Isère Airport is located just outside Saint Étienne de Saint Geoirs, about 45km (28 miles... Money: There is no bank or bureau d change at the airport, but there are ATMs in the terminal building. Read more

Airport Code: LIL. Location: Lille Airport is situated 7km (4 miles) southeast of Lille. Money: Several ATMs are available in the terminal. Read more

Airport Code: NTE. Location: Nantes Atlantique Airport is situated in Bouguenais, 8km (5 miles) southwest of Nantes. Money: There are self-service banking and bureau de change facilities in Halls 2 and 3 of the airport, as... Read more

Airport Code: BIA. Location: The airport is located around 21km (13 miles) south of Bastia. Money: There is an ATM in the departure area of the terminal. Read more

Other airports in France

Cannes Mandelieu Airport

Airport Code: CEQ. Location: Cannes-Mandelieu is situated 8km (5 miles) from Cannes' centre and is one of France's leading... Website: http://www.cannes.aeroport.fr/EN/index.html. Public transport description: Allo Taxi (tel: 0890 712 227) are available at the airport. A trip into the city centre takes about 10 minutes and must be paid for in cash.

Avignon-Caumont Airport

Airport Code: AVN. Location: Avignon-Caumon Airport, operated by the Vaucluse Chamber of Commerce, is located just 8km (5 miles... Website: http://www.avignon.aeroport.fr/en. Public transport description: Taxis to Avignon city centre are provided by Taxi Radio Avignonnais (tel: (04) 9082 2020) and cost about €15 (journey time - 10 minutes), with additional charges for baggage and extra passengers. There are no other transport options currently available from Avignon-Caumont Airport.

Travel by rail

International trains run from the channel ports and Paris to destinations throughout Europe. For up-to-date routes and timetables, contact SNCF (www.sncf.com).

Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) is a service provided by the railways of Belgium, France, and the UK that operates direct high-speed trains from London (St Pancras International) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and to Brussels (Midi/Zuid). It takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes from London to Paris. Eurostar also runs a direct service from London to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille, as well as a ski train to the Alps in winter.

Rail passes:

InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 31 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for three days in a month, five days in a month, seven days in a month, 10 days in two months, 15 days in two months, one month and two months across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lithuania, North Macedonia and Montenegro. Reductions are available for travellers under 27 and over 60. Children under 12 are free when travelling with an adult using an Adult Pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on some ferry routes. Interrail passes are available for European residents only.

Eurailpass: offers unlimited train travel in up to 31 European countries. Tickets are valid for three days in a month, five days in a month, seven days in a month, 10 days in two months, 15 days in two months, one month and two months across all participating countries. Reductions are available for travellers under 27 and over 60. Available from Eurail (www.eurail.com).

Driving to France

Travellers on the continent can drive to France by major roads from almost any direction you care to choose.

From the UK, Eurotunnel runs shuttle trains for cars, bicycles, motorcycles, coaches, minibuses, caravans and campervans between Folkestone in Kent (UK) and Calais in France. The journey takes about 35 minutes from platform to platform. For further information, contact Eurotunnel (www.eurotunnel.com).

Getting to France by boat

France is easily reached from the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel, and the Mediterranean, meaning it has many seaports. Cross-channel ferry services from the UK frequent such ports as Calais (www.calais-port.com) and Le Havre (www.havre-port.net). Marseille (www.marseille-port.fr) is the largest and busiest port in the south.

Cruise ships:

Cruise ships stop regularly along the French coast, with the Mediterranean coastline being particularly popular. On the French Riviera, Villefranche-sur-Mer (www.riviera-ports.com) is often used for shore excursions to the surrounding area.

Ferry operators:

P&O Ferries (www.poferries.com) runs ferries between Dover and Calais.

Brittany Ferries (www.brittany-ferries.co.uk) operates ferries from Portsmouth to Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre and St Malo; from Poole to Cherbourg; and from Plymouth to Roscoff.

In the Mediterranean, Corsica Ferries/Sardinia Ferries (www.corsicaferries.com) connects Sardinia and Corsica with Nice and Toulon.

River routes:

On France's eastern border, you can reach Strasbourg along the River Rhine from Germany. Pleasure cruises stopover here regularly.




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