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France has the most extensive rail network in Western Europe stretching
31,840km (19,784 mi). There are three high speed trains in commercial use,
the Thalys, the Eurostar and TGV which travel at speeds of 320 km/h (200
mph). Connections can be made with the United Kingdom via the Eurostar or
Eurotunnel Shuttle through the Channel Tunnel. There are rail connections
between all neighbouring countries in Europe, except for Andorra. France has
well developed intra-urban connections with both underground and tramway
services complementing bus services.

There is approximately 893,000 kilometres (555,070 mi) of roadway in France
which handles substantial international traffic, connecting with cities in
neighbouring Belgium, Andorra, Switzerland, Monaco, Germany, Spain and Italy.
There is no annual road tax or registration fee, however, tolls are to be
paid on motorways. The world's tallest road bridge can be found in France, it
is called the Millau Viaduct.

There are approximately 478 airports in France, including landing fields. The
largest and busiest airport in the country is The Charles de Gaulle
International Airport which is located within the vicinity of Paris. It
handles the vast majority of private and commercial air traffic and connects
Paris with virtually all major cities around the world.

France has ten major ports, the largest of which is Marseille, which is also
the largest bordering the Mediterranean Sea. There are 14,932 kilometres
(9,278 mi) of waterways that traverse France.



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