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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘bonjour ’
( bon-zhoor )
Plug combo ce
Best time to go
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Money and costs

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Exchange Rates
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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €18–30
  • Double room in a budget hotel: €90
  • Admission to many attractions first Sunday of month: free
  • Lunch menus (set meals): less than €20
  • Public transport: €1.60–7.50
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: €90–190
  • Lunch menus in gourmet restaurants: €20–40
  • Car hire: €35–80
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: €190–350
  • Top restaurant dinner: menu €65, à la carte €100–150
  • Opera tickets: €15–150


Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days (or at all for EU nationals); some nationalities need a Schengen visa.

Get the latest visa advice for France from our community.

When to go and weather


Getting to France

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around France

Transport in France is comfortable, quick, usually reliable and reasonably priced.

Train Run by the state-owned SNCF, France's rail network is truly first-class, with extensive coverage of the country and frequent departures.

Car Meander away from cities (where parking is challenging) and a car comes into its own. Mooching along peaceful country lanes, past vineyards and fruit orchards, is one of France's greatest joys. Hire wheels at airports and train stations.

Bus Cheaper and slower than trains. Useful for more remote villages that aren’t serviced by trains.

Bicycle Certain regions – the Loire Valley, the Luberon in Provence and Burgundy – beg to be explored by two wheels and have dedicated cycling paths, some along canal towpaths or between orchards and vineyards.

Health and safety

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

Be it the kid-friendly extraordinaire capital or rural hinterland, France spoils families with its rich mix of cultural sights, activities and entertainment – some paid for, some free. To get the most out of travelling en famille, plan ahead.

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Working and volunteering

EU nationals have an automatic right to work in France. Most others will need a hard-to-get work permit, issued at the request of your employer, who will have to show that no one in France – or the entire...

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