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Getting to and around France

Whether you’re arriving in France by train, ferry, plane or even bus, here we provide useful, practical advice and information, whether you’re travelling with or without your bike!

Getting to and around France by train

French trains are run by the SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français). There are four categories: international overnight/sleeper trains, high-speed trains, intercity trains and local services. To transport your bike on French trains, the best way is to put it in its own bag; in fact, this is compulsory on certain trains.

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Getting to France by Ferry

Ferries are useful for travellers from Britain, Ireland or countries to the south of France, especially if you plan to bring your own bike with you. Most ferry companies charge a special rate if you’re travelling with a bike.

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Getting to France by Bus

Buses may also be of interest if you have more time for your journey and are on a tight budget. However, transporting your own bike by bus can be difficult.

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Getting to France by Plane

Although this option isn’t very ecologically sound (and on this website we encourage green travel), travelling by plane offers countless possibilities for getting to and from France.

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