Travel

Airports

France has multiple large international airports, including:

A number of airlines operate domestic flights between cities.

Ground transport

In all major cities public transport is good and inexpensive. Often the best link between cities is by train, either high-speed or conventional, which are clean and reliable.

Public transport in Paris is fast, safe and relatively inexpensive. Métro lines are colour-coded, numbered and cover central Paris. The Paris Public Transport website (RATP) has a map of the Paris metro, a route finder and other information on getting around.

Taxis are readily recognisable and can be booked in advance, hailed on the street or picked up from designated taxi ranks. Fares are metered but some taxis do not take credit cards.

Servicing all major centres is an extensive network of freeways. Please note that France drives on the right side of the road and distances are marked in kilometres.

You can hire a car through all major car rental companies either in advance or upon arrival.

Hotels

There is a wide range of accommodation for all budgets.

Dining

There is a wide range of dining options for all budgets. 

Tipping

Tipping is not as widespread in France as in other countries. A 12 to 15 per cent service charge is added to all restaurant and café bills. Waiters do appreciate a small tip in appreciation of their service. As a guide, leave €2 to €3 after a meal or €10 to 20 in expensive restaurants if service has been very good.

Tourist attractions

France is a major tourist destination, for more information, visit the French Tourist Office or the the French tourism board. Each region will also have a website for more detailed information.