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Transport and Driving in France

There are many ways to get around France: by train, coach, or by driving yourself. Both the country’s public transportation system and its road network are well-developed. However, before you hit the road, there are some rules and regulations you should keep in mind.

Travelling from one end of France to the other is relatively easy due to its well-developed public transportation system which is also great for international travel. Even those who like to drive their own car will feel right at home in France. Still, driving requires some knowledge! Aside from the red tape surrounding vehicle registrations and driving license, you should know France’s road rules before you get behind the wheel.

Getting around France

Do you prefer luxury or are you an expat on a budget? Luckily, France’s rail network has something for everyone. The TGV and Eurostar offer luxurious travel and connections to European cities outside of France. The Ouigo, on the other hand, is the right choice if you want to save some money, and has fares as low as 10 EUR. Towns that are not connected to the rail service can often be reached by coach which has become a rather popular mode of transportation. The international airports in Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille and Toulouse, among others, are a great starting point for a vacation or a quick weekend get-away. However, if you like to explore your new surroundings, buses, trams, and the famous métro offer convenient ways to get around your city.

Road Rules and Red Tape — Driving in France

As in every country, you should know some of the rules of navigating French roads before you get behind the wheel. This is important since fines can be high and the French police can even confiscate your vehicle on the spot. Moreover, some cities require cars to be equipped with clean air stickers in order to be allowed on their roads. No matter where you go, you have to have warning triangles, safety jackets, and breathalyzers in your car at all times. You also need to make sure that your driving license is valid in France. Under certain circumstances, you are required to exchange your driving license or even apply for a new one. Whether you are going to buy a car in France or plan to bring your own from abroad, you should know all about the famous carte grise, the car registration in France. Read these guides to find out more.
Maggy Roswick
"When a friend invited me to InterNations my first thought was: This is exactly what I as an expat woman was searching for."
Frederik Sørensen
"As I mainly use InterNations for business, it was just overwhelming to get so many international contacts working in Taipei as well."

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