Business Travel in France
- Passport and Visa Service
Consult the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Diplomatic Representations
Consult the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- Almost all French cities have a public transport network which is safe, and quality is high (in regards to frequency, comfort, safety/security, limited risk of accidents, etc.) Where there are only buses in the smallest towns, the biggest cities have trams, metro, buses and self-service bicycles. Using taxis is also very practical. However, they are very difficult to find in rush hours except for people who have a season ticket. The Paris metro is one of the most extensive in the world. In the ranking of the world's 10 best metro systems, it is in 2nd position.
- Maps of Urban Networks
The Paris RATP network (Paris city transport authority)
The Ile de France Transilien train network
The Lyon transport network (in French)
The Marseille transport network
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Paris - Charles de Gaulle/Roissy (CDG)||24km / 15 miles||EUR 50-60 / 45 min||EUR 14 - EUR 6.15 / 35-60 min||EUR 8.10 / 50 min||Available|
|Paris - Orly (ORY)||14km / 9 miles||EUR 35-55 / 20-35 min||EUR 9 / 20-30 min||EUR 7.20, EUR 9.30 + RER ticket / 40-50 min||Available|
|Marseille - Provence (MRS)||21 km / 13 miles of Marseille or Aix-en-Provence||EUR 40-50 / 30 min||EUR 8.5-7.5 / 25-30 min||-||Available|
|Lyon - St Exupéry (LYS)||19 km / 12 miles||EUR 40-50 / 30-40 min||EUR 8.40 / 45 min||-||Available|
|Lille - Lesquin (LIL)||8 km / 5 miles||EUR 15 / 12-20 min||EUR 4.6 / 20 min||-||Available|
|Nice - Côte d'Azur (NCE)||4 km / 7 miles||EUR 20-30 / 15 min||-||-||Available|
|Toulouse - Blagnac (TLS)||8 km / 5 miles||EUR 20-25 / 10-20 min||EUR 4 / 20 min||-||Available|
|Bordeaux - Merignac (BOD)||9 km / 6 miles||EUR 45 / 20-25 min||EUR 6.5 / 30-45 min||-||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- To travel from city to city the best means of transport is the train. From Paris you should expect between 2 and 4 hours to reach other big cities; fares are affordable, the trains are comfortable and you arrive directly in the city center.
By plane it is about 1 hour 30 minutes' travel time to go from one end of the country to another.
As soon as you leave the city center, you really need a car to get around.
- Rail Companies
The SNCF (French national rail company) and its on-line reservation service
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
|Easy jet||low cost||Yes||Yes|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
- Traveling by your own means in France poses few problems; it is easy to rent a vehicle, the road network is very good and the
road sign system is very clear (in French).
The French authorities have set up a large number of speed cameras on the roads to encourage drivers to keep to speed limits. For further information, consult regulations and penalties enforced (in French).
There is a high risk of traffic jams in and around the big cities.
- Road Maps
Map of the motorway network
Motorways and national (main) roads
- Find an Itinerary
Different Forms of Tourism
- 40,000 monuments to visit among which 10,000 châteaux, abbeys and manor houses, the landing beaches.....
- 6,000 museums, 1,000 festivals.
Sculptures, paintings, theater, concerts, cinema, literature, etc.
- Many protected natural parks. See also the French Unesco World Heritage Sites.
- Lourdes, Chartres, Lisieux, Mont Saint-Michel
- Consult the balneology in France website
- The Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel. 5,500 km of coastline in all.
- Winter Sports
- The Alps have some of the most pleasant (and most expensive) ski resorts in Europe, such as Chamonix. You can ski less expensively in the Pyrenees or the Massif Central.
- Outdoor Activities
- Rambling, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, rafting
- France is well-known for being the greatest destination in the world for shopping with regards to fashion ( the website of the French Federation of Haute Couture), culinary specialties or wine ( The guide to French wines), in small specialized boutiques or in the large department stores ( Galeries Lafayette, Printemps), etc.
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
- No vaccination is required.
- International Hospitals
The American hospital in Paris
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Information pages of the Ministry of Health
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
The Current Travel Warnings of the US State Department
The advice of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
|SAMU (emergency medical services)||15|
|Telephone assistance in all European languages||112|
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
- It is %T:%M %A In Paris (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
- Summer time from March to October.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
- In France, the climate varies according to the region: temperate, oceanic, with mild winters and summers in the West and North West; continental in the East; Mediterranean, with hot, very dry summers, and mild, wet winters, sometimes very windy in the South East.
- For Further Information
The Météo France website
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
- France is one of the countries where the cuisine has a lot of variety. With dishes such as: tournedos; rib steak with béarnaise sauce served with green kidney beans or pommes dauphines; meat on skewers; blanquette of veal; etc. Near the sea, fish and sea food such as mussels, cockles and shrimp are offered. Alsace and Lorraine are the regions where you find sauerkraut, kugelhof, quiche Lorraine and tarte flambée. Lyon, the biggest city in the Rhône valley, is the heart of French cuisine. One of the region's specialties is pike quenelles. There are 365 sorts of cheeses; for example, Camembert, Brie, Roquefort, Reblochon and the blues of Auvergne and Bresse.
- In France, wine is the alcoholic drink people drink most: Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Côtes de Provence, Côtes du Rhône and wines of the Loire region, etc. Many aperitifs and liqueurs are also drinken: Pastis, Pineau, Muscat, Chartreuse, fruit liqueurs, brandies, etc.
- Dietary Restrictions
- There are no dietary restrictions in the country
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
- The most practical way is to withdraw money directly from ATMs. There are many of them and they are easily accessible in airports, city centers, and all over the country.
- Possible Means of Payment
- Places where you can pay with foreign currency are rare.
In stores, restaurants, hotels, cafés payment is made in cash or by credit card, according to the sum. American Express cards are not accepted very often.
- Official Language
- Other Languages Spoken
- The regional languages (Breton, Corsican, Catalan, etc.) are only spoken locally and by a minority of French people.
- Business Language
- According to the type of company contacted, its geographical location and sector of activity, it may be difficult to find someone who speaks English.
- Getting Some Knowledge
- Use the travlang website. You can also use the ContexTrans website for translation services.
- Free Translation Tools
Voilà : Translator of words, text and web pages
Educnet : Portal for free translation tools
Foreignword : Translator of words and text
Google : Translator of words, text and web pages
- To Find an Accommodation
The Union of Hotel Professions and Industries
The National Federation of Logis de France
The National Federation of Gîtes de France
Relais & Châteaux
Villas du monde
- To Find an Apartment
Individual to individual
For sale or to rent
To buy-to rent
- To Find a Job
Portal for on-line recruitment
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