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France Travel Guide

France – home to the Eiffel tower, froggie-legged treats, French berets, and of course French-speaking folks. Delve in further and you'll find hidden treasures like the chic boulevards of Paris, a quirky underground music scene, the sparkling ski slopes of the Alps, sunlit vineyards and sun-baked beaches, the glamorous jet-set lifestyle of the Mediterranean and coffee with croissants in an undiscovered village.
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The official language spoken in France is French.
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Top destinations in France

The Eiffel Tower lit up at night

Paris

Paris is said to be one of the most romantic cities in the world and is arguably one of the most beautiful.  There is so much to see and do here but your visit wouldn’t be complete without admiring the views from the Eiffel Tower, checking out the Mona Lisa and other famous artworks at the Louvre, beholding the French gothic architecture of the Notre Dame or visiting the Sacre Coeur.
A bridge over the river in Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is one of France’s key wine regions, and therefore a hot destination for wine lovers (the region is especially famous for its red wine), but there is plenty more on offer if you’re not into it. Beautiful mountains in the Pyrenees, great beaches such as Biarritz and many medieval towns and castles, to name just a few highlights. The ever-popular Dordogne valley is also only a stones throw away.
Boats sailing past the coast in Marseille

Marseille

Cosmopolitan Marseille lies on the Mediterranean coast and has a reputation for great weather all year round, awesome shopping, and yummy restaurants. It has a rich history dating back over 2,500 years so there are plenty of buildings and museums to lose yourself in. Get along to cours Julien (known as the ‘cours Ju’), the city’s most youthful area and home to a bunch of fashion boutiques, bookshops, cafes and music venues.

France tours & experiences

Gorge yourself on macarons in Paris, cycle along rolling vineyards in Loire Valley, explore the castle of Palais des Papes in Avignon and shop in the colourful arcades in Nice. Visit France this summer with one of our fantastic adventure tours. View all France tours.
Notre Dame in Paris

Highlights of France

Check out the highlights of Paris, like the Louvre, Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and the Eiffel Tower. Then visit the famed wine region of Burgundy, where medieval villages and rolling countryside show a different side of French living. Head to Provence to relax seaside on the French Riviera. Live like the French, and enjoy every minute of it.
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A person on a bike cycling through the countryside in France

Loire Valley Cycling

Each summer, the Tour de France races across the country, giving a select group of very talented cyclists a chance to see the country from a blurry perspective. Hop on a bike and experience ornate châteaux, rustic markets, vineyards, and rural Gallic charm. Think of this as the perfect combination of slow food, fine wines, and remote country tracks – ideal for seeing the inspiring scenery.
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Plan your trip to France

Busy street in Paris

Cheap flights to France

There are frequent flights which make the one hour journey from London to Paris easy, or you can take the high speed Eurostar and be in Paris in about 2 hours 15 minutes. There is also the option to go via water on one of the cross channel services connecting England with France.
A speedboat going along the river near the Eiffel Tower

Europe Bus Passes

Visit Paris, Tours, Bordeaux, Avignon, Nice and more with Busabout. Choose a Flexible Travel Pass to hop on and off their coaches where you want to and spend as long as you want in each destination.

Frequently asked questions about travelling to France

When's the best time to visit France?

The weather in France is the nicest during the spring months of May and June or at the beginning of autumn in September and October (there are also less people during this time). The hoards of tourists pour in for summer vacation during July and August, so if you're looking for a quieter getaway, or just lower prices, it might be best to avoid this time of year.

What is the weather like in France?

France's climate varies from region to region. Northern coastal regions experience a temperate climate much like England. The winters are mild with temperatures averaging around 5‎°C, while the warm summer temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. Southwest France also experiences mild winters but the summers are much warmer. There is less rainfall in this region than in the northern part of France, however thunderstorms are common in the summer.

Central and inland France have more extreme weather and a greater variation between the seasons. The winter is harsher with snow and frost likely, whereas the summers are warmer. Rain fall is low but tends to fall in summer when the region can often experience thunderstorms.

The Mediterranean coast and Corsica have a typical Mediterranean climate of hot summer days and short mild winters. This region of France has the most sunshine hours each year. Periods of cold windy weather can occur in late spring, brought about by the famous northerly ‘mistral’ wind.

Mountain regions especially the Alps, but also the Massif Central and the Pyrenees at high altitudes experience long and cold winters with substantial snowfall.

What are the main airports in France?

Paris airport - Charles de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris is located 23 km northeast of the city. A taxi is probably the most convenient way to get to the city but also the most expensive – you might pay about €60. You can jump on the metro; the ride is about 35 minutes to Gard du Nord station and costs about €8.10.

Paris airport - Orly
Orly airport, 14 km south of the city, primarily serves domestic flights and international destinations in Southern Europe and around the Mediterranean. Buses and coaches leave regularly and take only 25 minutes to get to the city. Taxis are also available and will cost €35-45, or you could hop on the metro for a cheap ride (around €10 depending on destination).

Lyon airport
Lyon airport is 25 km east of the city. You can jump in a taxi at a cost of €50 to the city centre or the bus will cost €8.40.

Marseille airport
Marseille airport is 30 km northwest of the city. A taxi will cost about €45 to the city centre or take a bus to Provence at a cost of €7, or Cavaillon/Avignonand for €12.

Do I need a visa to enter France?

If you hold a valid British passport then you don’t need a holiday or tourist visa to enter France for the first three months of stay. If you really want to live like a local and soak up the culture, then head out and work there - UK nationals don't need a working holiday visa either.

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