Getting to France - A Guide for Cyclists

One of the great things about a cycling holiday in France is that it’s an easy destination to get to from wherever you are in the world. Here's our cyclist's guide to getting to France. By Lynette Eyb.

Folding bikes – pictured here on the Eurostar – fit easily into almost any train baggage area. They're also accepted as hand luggage on nearly all bus services. Photo: roggieLondon

Folding bikes – pictured here on the Eurostar – fit easily into almost any train baggage area. They're also accepted as hand luggage on nearly all bus services. Photo: roggieLondon

Dozens of airlines link cities across France to major international hubs, while affordable and efficient ferry and train networks provide plenty of options for travellers coming from the UK, Ireland and elsewhere in Europe.

Buses can be cheap from across Europe but there are bike carriage restrictions on most networks. For UK-based cyclists, the European Bike Express provides an excellent, cycle-friendly service. For those wanting to mix cycling in France with faster and more flexible travel, there's always car hire.

Cyclists who plan to ride into France as part of a longer tour should see our ‘where to go’ section for help with route planning. See also Cicerone’s Cycle Touring in France, written by Freewheeling France contributor Stephen Fox, and Lonely Planet’s Cycling France guidebook, among other cycling guides.

Here’s more on your public transport options for flights, ferries, trains and buses to France.

 

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