Travelling around France can be a challenge. This section gives you useful advice on getting about using public transport, driving by car as well as explaining how to buy, sell, rent or import a car.
A weekend travel guide
“We'll always have Paris.” Or at least, 36 hours in Paris! Known as ‘The City of Light’ due to it being the first city to adopt gas street lighting, Paris is a popular travel destination. From the romantic Eiffel Tower, to chic streets and many cafes, museums and restaurants, this city has a lot to offer. As Audrey Hepburn stated, Paris is indeed always a good idea.
All you need to know about cycling in France
While France may not be the first European country you would describe as “cycle friendly”, the Tour de France has helped to make bicycles a popular choice of transportation. Bike renting is becoming more accessible, with rental shops found in most cities around France.
Speed, alcohol limits and other rules in France
Read a few of the most important rules and tips we have written for you in this guide. Each country is a bit different, and better to learn about these differences before you experience them yourself on the road.
How to get a driver's licence in France
Having a car in France can be very practical, whether it's for holidays in remote areas, or as a daily means of transportation.
The public transport system in France
P ublic transport ( transport public) services in France vary considerably according to where you live. They’re generally excellent in cities, most of which have efficient local bus and rail services, many supplemented by underground railway and tram networks.
How to bring your car in France
A new or used vehicle (including boats and planes) on which VAT ( TVA) has been paid in another EU country can be imported free of French VAT by a French resident. If you buy a new car abroad on which VAT hasn’t been paid (VAT should already have been paid on a second-hand car), VAT is due immediately on its arrival in France.
Traffic, motorways and regulations
France has an extensive motorway network of over 9,500km supplemented by a comprehensive network of trunk roads, which vary from almost motorway standard dual-carriageways to narrow two-lane roads passing through a succession of villages where the speed limit is 50kph.