Getting around in France
France has one of the best rail networks in the world, in part because of the TGV, or high-speed train. It is easy to travel from city to city, even over long distances.You'll spend just 5 hours to get from Marseille, at the southern end of France, to Lille in the north, a trip of about a thousand kilometers.
By TGV, Paris is only an hour from Lille and Orléans; 2 hours from Lyon, Nantes, Poitiers, Rennes, and Dijon; and 3 hours from Marseille, Montpellier, and La Rochelle.
If you plan to get around in France quite often during your stay, you can ask for a railcard which will give you reductions on the travels.
You have the 12-27 railcard for 50 euros per year or the Weekend railcard for 75 euros per year. For more information, check out the SCNF website.
Numerous international air carriers serve major French cities, making it easy to reach any destination on the globe.
France's roads and highways are also excellent. By taking secondary roads, you can discover the natural beauty and charm of rural France.
You can use your driver's license from home in France. City speed limits are 30, 40, or 50 km/h in cities; 90 km/h or 110 km/h on national routes; and 130 km/h on the autoroute system. All motor vehicles must be insured.
For some years now, another way to travel had begun more and more popular : the carsharing. This practice enables you to travel from a city to another in a cheaper way.
By public transportation
Most French cities maintain a self-service system of bicycle rentals. The system is easy to use, and rentals are cheap.
Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, and Paris have subway systems. Buses also serve these and other cities.
The extensive Paris metro is the best way to get around the capital. Supplemented by the RER light-rail network, the system serves Paris and its suburbs up to a distance of 30 km from the city.
Taxi fares are strictly regulated in France but are high by international standards, All licensed taxis are equipped with meters. If you don't see a meter, the vehicle is operating illegally. Don't get in!