Where To Stay
The France Discovery Guide offers tips for travelers and special offers. The tourist office also provides complete Paris and regional hotel listings with prices and guides covering all types of accommodations from small family-run operations to luxury inns and fabulous châteaux. Call the tourist office for a copy.
Arriving & Departing: Charles de Gaulle is the main airport for Paris; Orly airport also receives trans-Atlantic flights, as do the airports in Lyon and Nice. Trains connect de Gaulle and Orly to Paris.
New stations at de Gaulle and Lyon-Satolas are served by the 180-mph Trains
Eurostar trains run from London to Paris in just three hours via the Channel Tunnel. Automobile shuttle trains also use the tunnel between Folkestone and Calais.
Getting Around: The TGV system continues to expand, with high-speed trains running north to Lille and Brussels, south to Tours (as well as Lyon and Marseille), west to Brittany and east to Switzerland - all connected by the Réseau bypass around Paris.
For information on France Railpasses, see by rail.
The limited-access highway system expedites travel between regions. The north-south routes, for example, link the Belgian frontier with the Mediterranean - crossing Burgundy, the Rhône valley and Provence.
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Banks are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. The French franc is divided into 100 centimes. $1 = 5.28 FRF as of Dec. 2, 1996.