Welcome To France Travel Guide

When considering traveling to France, the most common destination that comes to mind is Paris. The city has a rich history, amazing architecture, romance, and some of the most incredible cuisine. So even if you only have a few days or a week, Paris should be on your travel list to explore.

France is one of the largest countries in Europe and one of the world’s top six economies. It is bordered by six countries: Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain.

France has so many other interesting cities to explore, such as the French countryside in Bordeaux, the islands of Corsica, Alsace near the Switzerland border, and the French Riviera. In France, you will find stunning coastlines, valleys, wine countries, forests, and beaches.

In addition to its beautiful landscape, France is also well-known for its cuisine and wines. French people love to cook and enjoy their time socializing. Typical French tradition is offering cheese before dessert and all meals accompanied by freshly baked bread and wine. A popular French dish is a chicken in a red wine sauce, known as Coq au Vin, and Sea Scallops cooked in butter called Coquilles Saint-Jacques.

There is so much to like about France. If you’re a lover of nature or a foodie, I highly recommend you plan a visit to France. The best time to visit is during its shoulder seasons, April to June and September to November.

Things to See and Do in France

See Alsace Vineyards
Meander the Annecy Canal
Cruise the Rhine River
Wander through Parc de la Villette
Watch the Sunset in St. Malo
Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – Hostel accommodations that are dorm-style range from $18- $50 per night, depending on location in France. Budget hotels begin around $75 per night for a double room with Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Staying on the outskirts of any major city will reduce your cost of accommodations, but you must consider public transportation. When wanting to remain inside cities like Paris, consider booking Airbnb, which starts at $60 per night with a shared bathroom. Expect to pay on average for a three-star hotel $170 per night.

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Food – Shopping at a local grocery store for breakfast or lunch is the cheapest and best way to save while traveling in France. You most likely will find local food markets selling fresh bread, cheese, and meats that can be packed in your backpack for lunch. The cost for a pre-made sandwich is about $6 – $9 per sandwich. It is best to purchase wine at the supermarket than on a vineyard or wine tour. Eating at a restaurant will cost you an average of $24 – $45 per person. The best grocery stores to shop at are Aldi and Lidl.

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Transportation – The transportation system is reliable and the least expensive way to travel. Most cities and towns have an extensive train, bus, and tram systems. Expect to pay $1.50 – $4.00 per trip. Transportation to and from the airport will cost about $12 in Paris. Taxis will be much more expensive!

If you plan to travel by air, several major airlines are offering budget-friendly airline tickets. For example, to fly from Paris to Nice, the average cost is about $60 one way. You will need to book in advance to receive the best deals.

France has several bus operators (Euroline, Flixbus, Isilines, and Ouibus). I recommend Flixibus, with which a bus trip from Paris to Marseille will cost about $40 one way. Although the bus is a great way to see France, I highly recommend using the train.

France is a big country, so most of us don’t want to spend our time riding buses or trains, but if you are on a budget and need to travel across France, the train is the best way. France offers a high-speed TVGV or the SNCF, which is the national railway system. You can buy tickets on the website. For example, a ticket purchased in advance from Paris to Nice will cost about $30 in 2nd class. If you plan to spend a long time in France or traveling to many cities, consider getting a EuRail Pass, which allows travelers to explore Europe by providing a set number of stops in a specific time period.

Activities – France offers so many activities that can quickly become costly if you are not prepared. A wine tour will cost about $110 per day. Most attractions and museum entrance fees cost about $12- $25 per person. Please do your homework and check all the entrance fees to the attractions you want to visit while in France by visiting their website.

Suggested daily budget – Average daily budget should be approximately $165 per person, including hotel, transportation, meals, and sightseeing. A week’s vacation for two people costs roughly $3,500 staying at mid-range hotels.

Money Saving Tips

If you like to drink coffee, you will want to take advantage of ordering cheaper coffee at the counter in a French café or restaurant. Being served a cup of coffee at your table will cost you more!
Stop at a local bakery, cheese store, and butcher and create a picnic. Then, head to a park nearby and enjoy a delicious snack or lunch while enjoying the outdoors for less than $15.
Use the slow train when getting around in France as it is less expensive and still gets you to your destination. But, of course, the best savings are the EuRail Pass!
Wine is cheaper than water! Although you should always drink lots of water when traveling, know that when purchasing a bottle of water, it may cost you more than a glass of wine.
Beware of the French schedule as most shops and businesses close for two hours for lunch. Therefore, keep the schedule in mind when planning your itinerary.
Visiting bars can be expensive in France. So drink wine before you go out and save on drinks at the bar. Clubs in France charge an entrance fee of up to $28, and drinks will cost $15 or more.
Tipping isn't necessary in France because a service charge is already included in your bill. However, at small cafes and bars, you may want to consider a small tip (10% of the bill), and for cab drivers, it is best to round up within a dollar or two.

What can I expect from France?

  • Language: The official language is French. In most tourist cities, English is spoken.
  • Currency: The currency is Euro 1 USD = 0.86 EUR
  • Plugs: The plugs are Type C and E. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter and using a converter for hair tools.
  • Safety: France is generally a safe country to travel. However, pickpockets and tourist scams are common, especially in major cities. Always trust your gut instinct. Make copies of your passport and ID. Always let someone know where you are.
  • Vaccinations Needed: If your country is on the orange list, you will be required to quarantine for seven days. Vaccinated arrivals are exempt. If your country is on the red list, you will be required to quarantine for ten days. When arriving in France, you will need to show a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or your vaccination document. A green pass is required to use public transportation. Some restaurants will require you to show the green pass. Wearing a face mask is required in enclosed public areas and outdoor social events. Please keep up to date with Tripsguard or visit the government

Day Trip to Mulhouse, France

Within the Alsace region of France, Mulhouse is a small community packed with 13th-century sites dating interesting museums and is known as the “city of art.”


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