To drive in France you’ll need your driving licence from your home country (or an international driving licence if you live outside the European Union), your vehicle registration certificate (known as a “carte grise” in France) as well as a certificate of insurance.
If your stay is less than 6 months, you can drive freely in France with your car. You can also rent a car in France. Rental companies can be found at all airports and most railway stations around the country. If your stay exceeds 6 months, you will need to change your licence and your vehicle will need to undergo an inspection.
Some rules of the road when driving in France:
NB: Foreign drivers who break French driving regulations are liable for a fine determined by a state prosecutor. Alternatively, their vehicle may be impounded. All associated costs must be paid by the driver.
The extensive and highly centralised French rail network is without doubt the most practical form of transport for travelling around the country, with every major city boasting a comprehensive network of services to its suburban areas. Towns are linked by TER (Trains Express Régionaux) trains with major cities served by high-speed TGV (Trains à Grande Vitesse) services.
A number of towns and cities have an international airport and offer daily flights to Paris. The national airline, Air France, offers several daily services between most major cities and Paris, with an average flight time of 1hr, as well as flights between provincial cities.
The Eurolines network is extremely well developed, with coach services from Paris to every European capital. Eurolines has recently introduced domestic coach routes between major French cities.