France Travel Guide: When to Visit
The best time to visit France is during the spring season, from April
to June, when the weather is perfect and the tourist attractions are
less crowded. The summer season, from late June to August, are the peak
months for tourists. Prices for accommodation during these times are
usually high and Eat and Drinks and museums are fully booked.
France Travel Guide: How to Get There
By Plane: Tourists outside Europe can reach France via plane through Paris – Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Most international airlines fly here. For those who are coming from a European destinations you may look at flying into Paris-Beauvais, which is located north of Paris but has lots of budget carriers or Paris Orly.
By Train: France is easily accessible via train
coming from other European countries. The main station is called Gare du
Nord and tickets can be purchased online here. There are also direct train services from London (St. Pancras Station) to Paris (Gare du Nord).
By Ferry: Traveling by boat is also possible and
there are ferries that operates from cities in the UK to France. The
Dover – Calais Ferry and the Dover to Dunkirk routes are popular.
France Travel Guide: Getting Around
The best way to get around France is via train. There are lots of
French cities that are connected by rail that can be reached in about 45
minutes to an hour. Although, some longer journeys could take 5-6 hours
by train. With so many budget carriers available it might be worht it
to fly. The train system in France however is one of the best in the
Another option is to rent a car and hit the open road! Luckily, they
drive on the right side of the road so American drivers will feel mostly
at home while driving. There’s so many cool little towns to explore as
France Travel Guide: Travel Tips
Do learn some simple French phrases. A simple phrase
like “Bonjour” would break the ice and would lighten the mood when
talking to the French. They take pride in their language and it would
make them really happy to know that you are at least trying to blend in.
Do bring extra cash when traveling. Most shops or vendors located along the streets accepts only cash. It’s better to be prepared.
Do get out of Paris and enjoy other cities. France
is a beautiful country with many beautiful sights. The medieval towns
outside the city, the castles, and the port cities are awe-inspiring.
Don’t expect ice in drinks. French people don’t really put ice in their drinks so if you need some ice, you should ask for it.
Don’t be afraid to walk around parks. Visiting parks is underrated. They are free and offer magnificent sights.
Don’t be afraid to go on a culinary tour. Explore
cafes and Eat and Drinks on streets and don’t be afraid to enter French
bars to explore. The food and the wine are great and just to be able to
get a glimpse of local French culture is really a fascinating
experience. France is also home to some the the most amazing Michelin
star Eat and Drinks and chefs in the world.
France Travel Guide: Typical Costs
Price Range for Hotels
France is a fairly expensive country but there are some value hotels
that can be found. Price of accommodation in Paris of course is going to
be higher that in other cities. During peak season, prices of hostel
dorms start at around €15. In Paris, its very difficult to find a budget
hostel for less than €30. Mid-range hotels in most of France cost about
€100-175. Luxury hotels will be over €300 easy. Booking online a good
amount of time before your trip to get the best price. Most sites have
generous cancellation policies. Renting apartment can also be cheaper
than booking hotels especially if you have a group of people or it’s
during peak season.
Cost of Meal
Meals in most tourist areas in all of France is going to be generally
more expensive like most places. Getting off the beaten path is the
best bet to find good prices of food and honestly better quality. A
breakfast composed of croissant and coffee is cost about €3. A budget
lunch however can range around €6 to €20. A dinner with beer or wine, a
meal for one person usually costs about €20 in Paris and around €17 up
in other cities. If you want to dine in a Michelin or fine dining expect
to pay closed to €150-200 a person.