Transport in France

The transport in France includes the railways and many people use it to get across the country quickly and conveniently. The railway network of France is about thirty thousand kilometres and is only second to Germany in its reach in the entire Western Europe. There are many good quality high speed trains used by the system like TGV, Thalys and the Eurostar that also connects France with the UK. SNCF operates the French railway system and connects France to its neighbouring countries, Andorra being an exception.

Apart from trains, roads are also used for transport in France, not only for commute within the country but also for international travel. France is central to its neighbouring countries and hence the roads are used by them too.  France has a very dense road plan and connectivity, especially the Paris area. The area covered by roads in France is roughly 1,027,183 kilometres and is the biggest in the entire Europe. Millau Viaduct and Pont de Normandie are two significant bridges that are a part of the French road network.

France caters to the transport needs of countries like Belgium, Spain, Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Mostly, there is a toll system where commuters have to pay an amount to use a road. There is no road tax system like many other countries. The cars most commonly used in France are local brands like Renault, Peugeot, Citroen etc to name a few. Diesel cars are more popular than petrol cars in France.

The biggest airport in France is the Charles de Gaulle Airport which connects Paris with other cities of the world. France has 475 airports in total and has its own airline as well as many other popular ones. The sea is also a major mode of transport in France. Ten major ports are there on the border of France.