France has one of the most efficient rail networks in the world. With the high speed trains (TGV), it is easy to travel in comfort from one city to another, even over long distances. Paris is only an hour from Lille or Orléans, two hours from Lyon, Nantes, Poitiers, Rennes and Dijon, and three hours from Marseille, Montpellier and La Rochelle.
France’s geographical location means it is also a country to pass through. Numerous international or domestic airlines fly from all major French cities to the other side of the country or the other side of the world.
If you hire a car, France’s road and motorway infrastructure is excellent quality, with a network of minor roads that will take you to explore the delightful French countryside. The speed limit is 50 kph in towns and built-up areas, 90 kph on main roads and 130 kph on the motorways. All motor vehicles must be insured.
Car sharing is an economical and eco-friendly way of getting around that is increasingly popular in France. Why travel alone?
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Coach or bus
For unbeatable prices (€15 for Lyon to Paris, for example) you can explore France with its ever-increasing network of coaches. The air-conditioned coaches have reclining seats and free wifi - everything is designed with your comfort in mind.
Urban public transport
In most French cities you can move around by bus or tram. Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse and Paris also have a subway system. The one in Paris is very well developed. And with the Regional Express Network (RER) it serves Paris and its suburbs up to 30 km all around. The public transport networks generally offer special conditions for students, with reductions on season tickets or special lines. Most cities also have a system of self-service bikes and cars.