France Travel Guide
Champs-Elysées, Paris
NEED TO KNOW

CAPITAL   Paris
POPULATION   64,057,792
AREA   551,500 sq km
LANGUAGE   French
CURRENCY   Euro (EUR)

WHEN TO TRAVEL

Not a good time to travel   January
Not a good time to travel   February
Not a good time to travel   March
Good time to travel   April
Good time to travel   May
Best time to travel   June
Best time to travel   July
Best time to travel   August
Best time to travel   September
Good time to travel   October
Not a good time to travel   November
Not a good time to travel   December

CLIMATE
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TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

For current information on government travel advice, please refer to the U.S. Passports & International travel, the Canadian Travel Advice and Advisories, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or the Australian Department of Foreign Affaires website.

For current information regarding health, recommended vaccines and the location of trustworthy doctors and medical clinics, please refer to the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers website.

AVERAGE ACCOMMODATION COST ($US)
  • 3 star hotel: $150
  • 4 star hotel: $250
  • 5 star hotel: $500
 Average in the good period to travel. Rates change throughout the year depending on high or low tourist seasons.
AVERAGE MEAL COST ($US)
  • Inexpensive restaurant: $16.22
  • Meal for 2, mid-range restaurant, 3 courses: $60.83
ELECTRICITY
Type E

230V / 50Hz

ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL

France is not well equipped for travelers with disabilities: cobblestone streets are a nightmare to navigate with a wheelchair, kerb ramps are often lacking, older public facilities and budget hotels frequently lack lifts, and the Paris metro (built decades ago) is hopeless.

But travelers with disabilities who would like to visit France can overcome these difficulties. You can find accommodations suitable for wheelchair users by checking the ‘Facilities for disabled guests‘ option in your Booking.com search criteria.

Tourisme et Handicaps (in French) lists tourist sites, restaurants and hotels that comply with strict accessibility and usability standards.

Details on rail access for people with disabilities appear in the SNCF’s booklet (Guide des Voyageurs Handicapés et à Mobilité Réduite – in French), available at train stations. You can also contact the Centre du Service Accès Plus (in French) to check station accessibility or to arrange for a wheelchair or to receive help getting on or off a train.

REASONS TO VISIT
  • Beach
  • Outdoor and Adventure
  • Food and Drinks
  • Romantic and Honeymoon
  • Family
  • Culture and Arts
  • Architecture and History
  • Road trip
QUICK FACTS
  • Some of France’s most famous names were born in Algeria, including Edith Piaf, Albert Camus, Yves Saint-Laurent and Zinedine Zidane
  • Guadeloupe is an overseas department of France, which means it has representation in the French parliament and is technically part of the EU
  • The Pope’s previous pad was in Avignon, southern France; they moved to the Vatican City in 1377
  • French fries are originally from France… or Belgium, since both countries are claiming ownership
  • Women were not allowed to vote in France until 1944
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