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Travelling to France 

Your guide to everything French

Uncover what France has to offer 

Rolling countryside and blossoming romance, medieval relics and cosmopolitan cool: there’s no doubt that France is home to so much more than just the Eiffel Tower. 

 

Here’s our handy guide to everything you need to know.

Red Bridge in Lyon

Places to visit in France 

Paris, the City of Love with its splendid architecture, alluring café culture and air of romance is no doubt the start of the show. But don't stop there, the rest of the country has so much more to offer with the riverside sophistication of Lyon and the medieval history of Strasbourg. Down on the southernmost coast, the attraction continues with the glamour of the French Riviera shimmering out against the Mediterranean Sea.

French Alps

French countryside

The lavender fields of Provence sway gently in the breeze, the medieval splendour of Mont St Michael sits mightily to the north with the vineyards of Bordeaux to the west. From the snow-capped peaks of the Alps to the sun-drenched waters of les Gorges du Verdon, the rolling meadows of the Loire Valley to the crumbling châteaux dotted all over the country, France offers something new at every turn.

French Wine

Indulge in delicious food

When it comes to good cuisine, the French have perfected the art. Buttery croissants that melt in your mouth, freshly baked baguettes and pastel colored macaroons. Rich beef bourguignon paired with a glass of velvety red wine. A generous helping of tartiflette oozing with cheese. Chocolate soufflé that lightly melts in your mouth….have we persuaded you yet?

Money 

 

The currency of France is the euro, which is broken down into 100 cents.

Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to spend on your trip to France:

Inexpensive meal for one – €12

Mid-range restaurant meal for one – €24

Bottle of water – €1.50

Cappuccino – €2.60

0.5 litre beer – €5

Local bus ticket – €1.60

For up to date rates, check out the rates section of our homepage.

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Travelling around Europe

 

By train

The French network SNCF is one of the very best in the world and you can travel the length and the breadth of the country with ease. Tickets can be bought online or at the train station – fares will generally be cheaper if you travel off-peak (période bleue) rather than during the peak hours (période blanche).

By car

With sweeping views, driving in France is generally a delight and there are plenty of picturesque routes to explore – the roads are easily navigable and the distances manageable. Just steer clear of the congested cities and you’ll enjoy your trip!

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