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Getting to France
FRANCE TRAVEL AND TOURIST INFORMATIONBy Air
France has many airports that serve international and local flights with a network of internal air services from various provincial cities and seaside resorts .International flights to and from Paris are served from the two main airports of Paris Charles De Gaul and Orlyt, about 50 miles from Paris is another airport for budget airlines the Beauvais airport
Channel crossings for passengers and cars held from several UK Ports with ferries from Dover to Calais, Boulogne, Le Havre, Dunkerque, they are mostly all year around services. The port of Marseilles is one of the biggest in the Mediterranean and together with Le Havre in the La Manche are the main ports for import and export with cargo ships, containers and tankers.
French trains are fast, clean, and punctual, and on many long-distance routes they carry cars. Paris international train stations are Gare De Lyon for directions to central, east and south east Europe, like the Balkans and Greece via the former Yugoslavian countries and further to the East Turkey, Gare du Nord serve destinations north west Europe i.e. Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia, from Gare du Nord departs Eurostar to London and Brussels. From Gare de Bercy there are departures to South France and Italy.
There are good long-distance buses, but local bus services outside of Paris and other main cities in France are less frequent than in many countries and this can make local touring difficult if you lack a car. Taxis are a little cheaper than some other European countries like the UK.
Entering France: Visitors from countries outside of the EU need a valid passport and, for a car, a national driving licence, the car's registration certificate, and a green card for insurance. Third-party insurance is compulsory, and, in the absence of the green card, temporary insurance can be taken out at the frontier for periods of two, seven, or twenty-one days. The car will not need a customs document for a stay of under six months. Caravans need a separate document.
As a part of Schengen and the European Union citizens of the EU and Scengen do not need visa to enter France like in all other countries of the European Union . Non EU visitors that have visa from another Schengen country they can use it in France as well.
At the customs, if you come from outside EU, you may bring in up 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars. Export rules are generous, though you will need a special licence to take out an original work of art of any value.
Banks are often open from Monday to Friday from 9 am. to 17.00 pm, there are ATM's and most hotels and many shops and restaurants will cash travellers' cheques or foreign bank-notes. Museums and monuments are closed usually Mondays or Tuesdays, administrative offices close at 17.00, Shops are in general open from Monday to Saturday and close around 19.00 pm.
Traffic and Transport
Traffic in France drives on the right, as in all Continental Europe. Traffic signs are standard European. You can buy a copy of the French highway code (Code de la Route) at most frontier posts. The main point to watch is that, at a road junction, cars coming from the right always have priority unless there is a road sign to the contrary. This is always the rule at cross-roads of equal importance, notably in towns, and it is essential to keep glancing right. If you are coming to a main road where you do not have priority, you will be warned by signs. If you are on a main road where you do have priority over a minor road to your right, a sign will say Passage Protdge.
The speed limit in built-up areas is 37 m.p.h. On the open road, you will sometimes be warned of a speed limit where there is a dangerous curve or road works. The French themselves tend to drive fast, but not recklessly. Their reactions are quicker than an Englishman's, and they use their brakes a great deal.
The French prefer amber headlights. Though foreign cars with white lights are not obliged to change, it is a friendly gesture to put amber discs on your lights. The French sound their hooters often, though they are practically banned in the Paris region and some other towns, except in an emergency. Traffic lights are as in Britain. Zebra crossings give priority to pedestrians. A second type of pedestrian crossing, the passage cloute or double line of studs, is recommended for pedestrian use in towns, but does not give them priority.
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