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How to get France
 

As France is a member of the European Union, no visa is required for
citizens of other EU member states. This also applies to nations who have
special treaties with France or the EU. Australian, Indonesian or Malaysian
citizens who are visiting France for holiday purposes don't need a visa.
 

By plane

The Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris is the main international
airport in France and is the home of Air France (AF), the national airline.
Airlines within the SkyTeam Alliance (AeroMexico, Alitalia, Dutch KLM,
NorthWest, US Continental, Delta Airlines, Korean Air) operate out of
Terminal 2 while most other foreign operators use Terminal 1. Terminal 3 is
used for charter flights.

There are several smaller airports in France that mostly cater to domestic
travellers. These are: Orly in Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Clermont-Ferrand,
Marseille, Nice, Toulouse and Nantes. Bâle-Mulhouse and Geneva are shared by
France and Switzerland, allowing entry into either country. Beauvais is an
airport about 80km northwest of Paris and is used by low-cost carriers such
as Ryanair and Volare. Buses to Paris are usually provided by these airlines.
 

By train

You can use the regular rail service provided by the French rail company SNCF
(Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français) for direct service from most
European countries.
There are high-speed alternatives like the Eurostar, which links Lille and
Paris with London via the Calais-Dover channel tunnel.
The Thalys service is a Paris to Brussels connection that extends onwards to
the Netherlands and Germany using high-speed TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse)
trains.
 

By bus

Bus travel can be tricky as there is no national bus service and varies from
region to region.
A private bus service called Eurolines covers the whole continent with over
500 destinations.
 
 

 

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