How To Get To France By Rail

How To Get To France By Rail

Rick Steves’ France 2014 Rick Steves’ French Phrase Book & Dictionary

The whole of Europe is covered by fantastic rail networks, making it one of the best, easiest and cheapest ways to travel around. You may not be aware that eight different countries actually have borders with France, that’s a lot of neighbors and they don’t actually get along with all of them too well, but that’s nothing for you to worry about, the French love visitors and you’ll be sure of  warm welcome, anyway, where was I, oh yes, France has borders with:

  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Monaco
  • Italy
  • Andorra
  • Spain

So you can easily travel to and from France and visit all of these wonderful places, and there is also a rail link between France and UK via the Channel Tunnel under the North Sea, so that’s a combination of 9 terrific places with direct rail links to France.

So you can easily travel to and from France and visit all of these wonderful places, and there is also a rail link between France and UK via the Channel Tunnel under the North Sea, so that a combination of 9 terrific places with direct rail links to France. Paris cheap hotels can be booked directly on the rail line for easy travel between the UK. One of my favorite places to visit in France is Saint-André-de-Cubzac

Gaillac Vineyards
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Inter-Rail Pass in France 


Once you get to France there’s certainly no need to get off the train, no sir, the French rail network links many of the major cities, so whether you fancy a spot of wine tasting in the famous vineyards of the Bourdeau, hiking in the French Alps and eating all of the local cuisine at the marvelous places in between, then keep hold of your Inter-Rail Pass and you won’t go far wrong.

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How To Get To France By Ship

How To Get To France By Ship

A transatlantic cruise is not simply a way of getting to where you’re going, it’s an unforgettable experience in itself. This is, after all, one of the most storied and adventurous routes in nautical history and you’ll be sure of some adventures on the high seas yourself, of perhaps a gentler nature than history has taught us.

Cruising in Style

The Queen Mary 2 in St. Thomas
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One of the grandest ways to cruise across the Atlantic must surely be on board one of Cunards finest, the Queen Mary 2. Running regular trips between New York and Europe, you’ll marvel at her elegance combined with true new technologies. You can get interactive TV and email in most of the state rooms and, to be honest, you’ll wish that the 8 day crossing would go on for much longer, you’ll probably have only just found out about all the terrific things there are to do aboard the QM2. Two sports decks, fitness center, golf simulator, five swimming pools, concerts, workshops, plays or listen to a String Quartet while drinking tea, and the food, don’t even get me started on the food. If you can afford the money and the time, it’s the only way to travel.

How To Get To France By Ship

Now then, unfortunately for people who want to visit France, there are a limited number of cruise ships which actually sail there directly, with Southampton in England getting most of the Trans Atlantic cruise traffic, but if you have to sail to Southampton England, then it can’t be all bad can it? You can simply hop on a Ferry to France from nearby Portsmouth, or spend a little time in England first and maybe do the Dover – Calais route, it’s only 21 miles on a ferry, some people have even swum it for goodness sake, admittedly not with their luggage! You won’t be traveling in quite so much style as when you embarked in New York, but you’ll only have to rough it for a few hours, surely you can manage that. If you decide to go hiking, in Paris be sure to take a camera and binoculars.

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Airlines Serving France

Air France 777-328(ER) F-GSQH
Airlines Serving France caribb via Flickr

How to fly to France

Run very fast, flapping your arms like a lunatic and with a tail wind and the grace of God you’ll be there in no time – only joking, you’d better catch a plane.

France is a long way away, in fact, it’s right over the other side of the pond in a place known as “Europe”, so you’re going to need a pretty big airplane to take you there. Let’s take a look at which airlines run a service between France and the USA.

  • AirFrance – The first ones in the photo! Yes, you’ve guessed it, you can fly between France and the USA with AirFrance from loads of different locations.
  • Air Tahiti Nui fly from Los Angeles to Paris
  • American Airlines run a service to France from Dallas, Chicago, Miami and JFK
  • Continental Airlines fly to France from Houston, Newark
  • Delta Airlines have flights from Atlanta, Cincinnati and JFK
  • Northwest Airlines fly to France from Detroit
  • Ocean Airways will fly you over the Atlantic to France too
  • United Airlines will take you to France from Chicago, Washington DC or San Francisco
  • US Airways have a service from Philadelphia

So you see, there are plenty of opportunities to fly over the water to France from the USA, with a good choice of airlines as well as departure locations.