France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Transportation in France
On your trip to France you'll benefit from one of Europe's best public transport systems: train, plane, bus, ferryboat and car.

Priority sign, France
Do you know what this
sign means? If you plan
to drive a car in France,
you must.





France's SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, French National Railways Company) operates a superb route system of Paris-region Transilien trains, TER regional trains, Intercités cross-country trains, Ouigo low-fare trains, idTGV and TGV inOui national high-speed trains.

Here are all the different types of French trains.

Eurostar trains connect London, England with Calais, Lilleand Paris in France, and Brussels in Belgium via the Channel Tunnel beneath the English Channel (La Manche), and other rail systems speed you to the rest of Western and Central Europe. More...

You will probably go by train several times on your trip to France. It's important to learn about the huge system in advance. More...


Major French cities are also connected by various airlines, of which Air France is the most prominent, but certainly not the only one. EasyJet and other European and regional airlines provide air transport as well. More...


Car hire/rental is an attractive option. Highways are good, though tolls can be high, and you need to know how to pay them.

Parking may be easy or complicated. Here's what you need to know.

Every airport, train station and major seaport in France has one or more car hire/rental agencies close by. The one place we don't recommend renting a car is Paris or its airports. More...

Ship & Ferry

Frequent English Channel ferries connect ports in southern England and Ireland with French ports in Normandy and Brittany. More...


City, local, regional, national and international bus systems provide useful transport within cities and basic transport to smaller towns and some villages in France. In many cities and towns, the train station (gare) is also, or adjoining, the main bus station (gare routière).

Eurolines, Flixbus, Isi and regional bus companies operate bus routes throughout France and to neighboring countries. More...

Paris Transport

Here's information about transport in Paris.

Car Hire/Rental in France

Driving in France

How to Pay Highway Tolls

French Driving Habits

Where to Go in France

Paris Transport

Finding Your Way in Paris

Paris Hotels


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TGV Train, Paris, France

Above, TGV locomotive in Paris.


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