Buy the 10 ticket booklet for getting around Paris. You can save some money and you can use the same ticket for bus and metro. For going out of Paris buy separate ticket, and for that you will not have to use the regular ticket.
Update: Here's another reason to take a map along. One very cloudy week in a rather remote area, our GPS could not locate a satellite. We fortunately had a GPS on the car and it was fine but we kept our own on just to see how long it would take to find the satellite. The last day of a 7-day stay in the country it finally found a satellite and came to life . . . in exactly the same place we'd been trying it all week. It was a nice clear day!
The GPS is fine but take a decent map. It's not just losing the signal (which happens everyplace including in our home driveway); it is the GPS being programmed incorrectly. I think of the peoples' driveway we ended up in three times last spring in France, and being sent to the wrong address in our own town this past week. There are programming mistakes because all of this is input by humans and humans make typos.
There is the famous case of a couple last winter lost in a blizzard because their GPS was programmed incorrectly and they survived by eating some energy bars they had taken along. The local joke is, "don't forget the energy bars" when someone says they are using their GPS.
We are never sorry to have our map long. It is particularly important when you don't speak the language because way out in the boonies, people may have a second language but it may not be English . . . or Spanish . . . or Italian . . . or German . . . or whatever it is that you speak. With a map, you can all just point and find the right road.
Just a thought.
both the local train and TGV has car rentals at the gare or stations so all you do is walk over, very easy,no problems.
you can have booked before arrival at
brokers who deal with many car rental companies.
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glorious magnifique, superb, easy, the best way to travel
Some like the GPS, never use since drving in France since 1990 , use a paper map of scale 1 to 200 000 or less plus compare with route planners like Michelin, mappy, google,and then get my bearings.
Never lost, always on time, and still after all this time wont change a thing, the best, the road warrior
Got my first license to drive in the metro area of NJ and NYC in USA, and my first driving trip was to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NYC; as they said if you can do it in NYC you can do it anywhere. Well for me it has been.
The automobile club de France base at place de la concorde in Paris
my fav to defend the rights of drivers
if lost anywhere give me a hollow, I often in the forums
no, there is left luggage at many French railroad stations and their use change according to the govt vigipirate anti terrorists organism.
GARE D'AUSTERLITZ : it is by the cour museum, porte 27 open 7H00 to 23H30 everyday
GARE DE L'EST : manual storage at level or niveau - 1 in the central hall facing the toilettes, open from 6H00 to 23H45 every day
GARE DE LYON : manual luggage and automatic machines for storage available at level of quai L, open from 6H15 to 22H00 every day
GARE MONTPARNASSE : automatic and manual storages at level or niveau + 1 open from 7H00to 23H00 every day
GARE DU NORD :automatic and manual storage at level or niveau - 1 next to the car rental counters and exit to taxis open from 6H15to 23H15.
STATION RER CHESSY MARNE LA VALLEE PARCS DISNEYLAND : automatic luggage keepers open from 7H00 to 22H00 every day
PARC DISNEYLAND, to the entrance on the right of the ticket counter to Visitors relations or Relations Visiteurs over the overhand to DHL to the right. open from 8H00 to 45 mn after the closing of the park
PARC WALT DISNEY STUDIOS, to the right of the 13ème ticket counter or guichet.Open from 10H00 to 17H00,open the days of heavy visitors attendance.
These are the areas I know, but they are many others in France, just verify with the SNCF. Carcassonne just happenned not to have one.
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I am french, living near Paris. No you can't use your Credit card at an electronic kiosk. (A visa, mastercard with chip & pin is necessary).
To book your ticket from US you should purchase with Rail Europe or to call 0033 8 92 35 35 35 from 7 AM to 10 PM or to connect to http://www.europeantravelshop.com.au/enau/train-passes. I'am afraid there is no other option except to ask your french friends to purchase the tickets for you and to sent it to you.
Oradour sur glane ,nice historical town , you got the links for buses. Enjoy the trip
this is Bus 12 they suggest, schedule in pdf file
and more on the same site
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a very overlook town, great memories buying toys for my kids just over the river there in CsS.
you can get the train from Chalon to lyon part dieu train station then the bus Rhoneexpress to lyon airport
or take a taxi all the way
you have all taxi companies in Chalon and some have webpage, i drive my car but they are all ok by law
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There is a long tradition of outdoor walking in France. In French - randonnée pédestre.
If you walk south from Kilometre Zero* of the French national highways system, located in central Paris on the square facing the main entrance of Notre Dame cathedral on the Île de la Cité, you will join the Rue Saint Jacques. This was the starting point for medieval (5th to 15th century) pilgrims leaving Paris to make their way along the chemin de St-Jacques that led eventually to to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried.
There are many other long established routes taken by pilgrims from other towns and countries on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Many of these ways have been maintained as walking paths and now a new tradition has emerged: hikers using the routes for enjoyment and for a challenge – to tread the lands through which their forefathers did centuries ago and maybe get to Spain (even if it’s done a bit at a time) . Four main pilgrim routes through France
As well as these long beaten paths, there are literally hundreds of thousands of kilometers of well maintained designated hiking trails throughout France.
Google “randonnée pédestre” and you will find links to over 3000 French hiking clubs and a wealth of information.
For example - Check an overview of the Long distance Footpaths (Les Sentiers de Grande Randonnée) before checking specific trails.
This is a site with Google Maps of the Long Distance Footpaths - click on the one that interests you
The best maps for walking are provided by The Institut Géographic National (IGN), France's national survey agency.
Each summer, villages and towns organize short, themed walks for all of the family (to check the budding of the grape vines for example). The local tourist office will list such events.
Keen to walk in France?
You might like to seek guidance from the Lonely Planet Guide – “Walking in France” which as well as general info on France and planning walks describes a multitude of specific walks in nearly a dozen French areas including Corsica. Many are mountainous areas. Mont Blanc – anyone? click for review
By the way, the best way to see Paris is by walking: perhaps with a bus or metro trip thrown in to get back to base camp at the end of the day.
Some books that I have read which may inspire you to go walking in France:
“Walking in France" (a Lonely Planet guide-ISBN:1 74059 243 3)
“From the Camargue to the Alps: a walk across France in Hannibal's footsteps” by Levin, Bernard : (2009, ISBN 1840247428)
“The man who broke out of the bank and went for a walk in France” - Moreland, Myles .
"Walking in Provence" - (1996, ISBN:0 7028 3132 8) - 30 walks of 3 to 13 kms length, graded easy, moderate or strenuous....detailed navigation descriptions.
Personally I am not a keen walker but I have seen much of rural France at or just above walking pace from the deck of a canal cruiser. I can recommend the tow paths of the French canal system (over 5,000 kms) for both cyclists and walkers. Originally, boats using canals were towed by men or horses so there is a well graded path (chemin de halage) on at least one side of each canal. It’s used in modern times by lock keepers and canal maintenance workers plus recreational fisher-folk. Because water remains level, the tow paths do likewise. Flat footpaths usually only rise or fall at the locks. Of course there may be many locks in hilly regions. More importantly for walkers, there is little motorized traffic. Most have villages a day's walk apart.
So check out the canal system in France before you plan a walking holiday....has interactive linking to individual canals listed lower down the page.
photo 1: typical canal tow path - flat until the lock. In this case, the next stretch of path will be about 3 metres higher.
photo 2: tow path here passes through memorial gardens
## Location Kilometre Zero* marker: 48.8534°N 2.3488°E on the Isle de la City
Me and my wife bought 1st class rail passes for traveling around France for up to 9 travel dates. What we didn't know is that France rail system is REALLY BAD and that most long routes are covered by private companys. Well, I bet you can't see the problem yet... So here it is: private companys (all tgvs) reserve less than a handfull places for railpass holders! To get one of those few places you have to make reservations ages before your trip!!! Of course if somebody didn't do it before you! Also you will find yourself always having to go in those trains cause most routes you may have to go through are not covered by the regular ones!
So after paying a considerable price for our 1st class rail pass (Rail Europe) we found ourselves having to buy ultra expensive last time 2nd class tickets to go where we wanted (and had hotel reservations) to. And since all that wasn't enough... we had to watch the guy and his fellow girl at Annecy railway desk laughing really loud about us having to pay all that money to buy new tickets. He was really unpolite and sarcastic.
Such a lovely land with such a bad surprise...
The online France Train Booking Site is France Rail : http://voyages-sncf.com
The site is in French.
If you choose the English option (by clicking the British Flag) it invariably transfers you to another site which charges higher prices and does not offer every train schedule option.(tvg dot com ; RailEurope or some-such)
For advice on how to use the sncf site (which is in French) : http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187147-c3019/Paris:France:Booking.On.Sncf.html
There is a "Quick Guide" and a more detailed "Step by Step" how-to!
I last used voyages-sncf.com and the advice offered by the trip advisor site to book a return rail journey from Strasbourg in France to Stuttgart in Germany in May/June 2010. I used the option to pick up my tickets at the station in Strasbourg before departure. In fact, I did a reconnaissance of the station a couple of days in advance so we would know the layout of the station on departure day & picked up the tickets then.
By making the booking on-line well in advance, we received cheaper fares than buying on the day of departure.
See my other tip on rail tickets paid for by credit card (above).
Another site which is very useful is the national German Railway site. It is great to check out schedules for both German internal rail and other European countries including France. Fares and facility to make payments may not be available but the schedules are. The site is much more user-friendly for speakers of English (than some other national web sites).
German Rail : http://www.bahn.de/international/view/en/index.shtml
for all options on train, or plane. I send my kids there flying again near there next month; there is bus connection see also
its in English
hope it helps
good responses so far to your question,I add my five cents and give you the official river fluvial information on the area you will see Moret-sur-loing to the right column in page 4
as for further contact the webmestre at their site and will guide you to harbor ::)
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If your bicycle can be partially dismantled and placed into a bike bag 120 x 90 centimeters (47.2 x 35.4 inches), then it can be taken on board any SNCF train without additional charge as "hand luggage". (Although the luggage section at the ends of TGV cars can be quite full.)
Otherwise, you will have to first determine if your desired train can accommodate bicycles.
Currently, the official SNCF website (in French only) has TWO buttons -- one for reservations and one for timetables. Clicking reservations will show you prices. However, it may NOT show what services are available. So you will have to start by clicking TIMETABLE. For trains with a bicycle compartment, there will be a blue BICYCLE symbol. (The schedule will only show trains within the roughly the next 3 months only. So for planning purposes, pick a closer date for a given Day of the Week.)
In general, it is the TGV that will cause problems for bikes whereas the other trains can be very bike-friendly with bicycle hooks (and you can sometimes simply roll your bike on board without lifting). Look for the compartment with the bike symbol near the doors. (See the hanging bikes from a poor photo from my phone.)
Taking a fully-assembled bike on board a TGV will require a reservation for both the passenger AND for the bike (in the baggage car). Both require a fee -- even if you're traveling on a rail pass. The fee for the bike is 10€ according to the official statement from the SNCF website:
"Non démonté, entreposez-le dans l'espace vélo de certains trains Grandes Lignes ou dans le fourgon à bagages mis à votre disposition: espace spécialement aménagé sur certains TGV pouvant accueillir 4 vélos. Le tarif de la réservation est de 10 €."
I've already suggested asking the Tourism Office for route information and for special buses for ascending Tour de France mountain tops....
But SOME of the tourism websites will actually post detailed information about the Tour's route as it enters the region -- including road closure times, parking and camping restrictions. (Surprisingly, sometimes you'll find that information the town's website -- since the town has to pass and post a new bylaw for traffic control.)
As a place to start searching, the Official TDF website (letour.fr) will list the departure and arrival towns along with their municipal and tourism websites.
Searching for a town's name along with the keyword "tourisme" (with the "e" at the end) will usually show you the region's tourism office's website.
However, sometimes the websites are difficult to navigate or the relevant pages are not displayed if you choose the English option (if one exists). So what I've done in the past is to use a "site-specific" search. Here's an example:
1. Search for alpe d'huez tourisme
2. The top result yields "Station de Ski - Alpe d'Huez - Vacances Ski" at www.alpedhuez.com
3. Now perform a search of the pages solely from www.alpedhuez.com by adding "site:" in front of the website address (e.g. site:www.alpedhuez.com "tour de france"). Note the COLON after the SITE keyword.
4. You MAY be lucky and very easily be shown a "tour de france guide" (which would have been hidden under an EVENTS page.)
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