France Transport Guide

France is a huge country and the largest in Western Europe. Despite its size, there are plenty of ways to get around the country and it all comes down to your budget, your itinerary and how much time you have.

How to get around France

One way to travel around France quickly is by domestic flights with several airports around the country to wind your way around the country. The SNCF rail network in France connects every corner of the country with all the major lines radiating out from Paris. The TGV or high-speed rail service will link you to major cities and towns in every direction. For short distances, or in rural areas with few train lines – Brittany and Normandy for example – buses are widely used. If you’re travelling between cities, trains are your best bet as there are very few intercity bus services. While car hire is an option, be aware that petrol and tolls can be pricey and parking in cities can be difficult. Within the major cities such as Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Toulouse, you’ll also find metros to get you from A to B quickly, and taxis are also available in towns and cities all over France.