±JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
±Compare Expat Providers
±Expat Focus Partners
±Latest Financial Articles
· Expat Focus Financial Update September 2017
· 10 Things To Think About Before You Move Abroad In Your Middle Age
· Expat Focus Financial Update August 2017
· What Could Higher Interest Rates Mean For Your Overseas Property Purchase?
· Expat Focus Financial Update July 2017
· The Lifestyles And Cultures Of Great Expat Locations
· Understanding Exchange Rates for Your Overseas Property Purchase
· Interview With Duncan Khoury, Head of Marketing, World First Australia
· Expat Focus Financial Update June 2017
Getting There By RoadBack to top Back to main Skip to menu
France - Getting There By Road
If you are travelling from the UK you will be likely to find yourself on the A1 heading into the capital. The A1 is the main road between Paris and Lille and is also the road you would be travelling on if you were to be entering France from Belgium.
The A4 leads between Paris and the eastern areas including Strasbourg, Nancy and Metz. If you were travelling into France from Germany there are many smaller roads from across the border into Strasburg, where you can then join the A4 to continue on to Paris. This is also the road to take for those who are heading towards Disneyland Paris. If you are heading towards Metz, you can also continue on cross the border into Luxembourg.
The A6 is the route you would take between Italy and France and is the most direct route for those heading towards the French Alps and to Lyon. This stretch of road is well known for traffic jams around Lyon as many holiday makers head towards the French Riviera, so much so it was actually considered to be the worst road for heavy traffic in the whole of the country.
The A10 heads in a south-westerly direction towards Spain, the Pyrenees and Bordeaux. The road is 549 Km long and is largely a toll road. There is only one stretch of the A10 that is free to motorists and that is between exits 20 and 22.
The A13 is the route you would take to Normandy and the Northwest areas of France. It was opened in 1946 and as such is Frances oldest motorway. It is mainly a toll road, but the section located in the Ile-de-France region can be travelled on free of charge. The A41 can be taken if coming into France via Switzerland. It passes through the French Alps and is a very popular road with holiday makers heading to the mountains for snow sport based holidays.
From countries other than the UK and the UK itself, there are buses that can take you to Paris. During the 1990s the French Government devised a scheme that restricted long haul buses from entering the city centre. If you have chosen to travel by bus, which is one of the most popular ways to get into the capital then you will have to disembark at a bus station that is around 35 minutes away from Paris on the Metro. The long haul buses have toileting facilities and have regular stops for refreshments. The largest bus operator is Eurolines France and the arrival and departure point is the line 3 terminus in the suburb of Bagnolet, to the east of Paris.
Border controls are in force when heading in or out of France. EU citizens may need to show official photo identification when passing through, this can include a driving licence, an ID card or a passport. For those from countries who are a part of the Schengen Agreement this may not be necessary. The Schengen Agreement permits free movement between all the countries who have signed the agreement. The UK and Ireland declined to join and so a passport will always be necessary for those traveling between these two countries and the rest of the EU. For non EU citizens a passport is necessary at all times. This should be carried safely with you and produced whenever it is required. As a general rule, always have valid identification on hand so it can be produced to the authorities when asked for no matter which country you are traveling to or from.
Read more about this country
Expat Health Insurance Partners
Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.
At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.
Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.