How to travel around france cheaply

Public transport france


About 45 airports connect the different cities of France. From Paris Orly or Paris Charles de Gaulle, the Parisian airports, you can reach Nice, Toulouse, Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg or Bordeaux in little more than an hour.

Visiting the hinterland of the Toulouse region or touring the Breton heathlands is even easier by car. If you hold a driving license obtained in Europe or an international license if you are not European, you can drive in France.

Do you have your own car? You have the right to bring it to France and drive it. However, after six months of stay, you will have to apply for an international license and your vehicle will have to pass a technical inspection.

Train in France

London is the starting point chosen by many travelers for their European vacations. A short and comfortable train ride connects the British capital with Paris, France’s city of love. We show you how you can travel from London to Paris by train.

This train is really fast. An average trip takes 2 hours and 28 minutes, and going at the fastest speed, 2 hours and 16 minutes. You must be at the train station 30 minutes before boarding.

These reservations allow you to enjoy the facilities of one of the most advanced trains in Europe and travel between the hearts of two emblematic cities. We recommend you to reserve your seat 2 to 3 months in advance.

Transportation in France

That’s why I decided to make a different post that I think will help many of you, this time we leave you a couple of tips, tricks or “tips” travelers so you can make a route through France as we did in a more economical way. If you want to know how, keep reading.

As you may have already read we did the route through France by car, this involves some expenses that could be easily avoided – such as gasoline, parking or tolls – if we chose another type of transport.

As we were saying, some cities of our route have no stop: In the north of France places like the beaches of Normandy, Fougeres and Mont Saint Michel (although you can go to Rennes, sure there are excursions from there); and in the Loire area cities like Amboise, or the castles of Chambord, Chenonceau, Villandy, Azay le Rideau, Usse or Fontevraud (but being the Loire area there are many ways to tour it, even by bike).

My recommendation to make a route as similar to ours would be the following (I will leave links for you to click on the names of the cities that will take you to the entries of the detailed routes of each one):

Travel to france requirements

If you want to visit the most important places to see in Paris, 4 full days or 5 days is enough. Of course, the more time you have the better to go more calmly or to be able to spend more time in each place.

Although the budget to travel to Paris depends a lot on each person, it also influences the time of the year in which you travel. The most expensive months to travel to Paris are Christmas and summer. Within your budget to travel to Paris, the most important expense will be the hotel.

Hotels in Paris are usually quite expensive and will be the most expensive part of your Paris travel budget. Therefore, if you have a clear date of travel I recommend you to book your hotel in advance to find more variety and better prices.

We booked the flight about 3 weeks in advance and it cost us 79 € per person (round trip). You can find cheaper flights if you look further in advance or if you don’t care what time they leave.

The best thing about traveling by train to Paris is that the station is in the center of the city. This saves you having to go from the airport to the city and also the travel time. Although by train it takes 6 hours and by plane about 2 hours, you have to take into account the waiting time at the airport and then get to the city center.

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