Budget Travel Ideas in France

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From rolling hills to big cities, France offers breaks to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend in beautiful Paris, a family holiday in Brittany or a beach break in Nice, it's possible to enjoy the best that France has to offer without blowing the travel budget sky high.

Budget Flights

There are increasing numbers of 'no frills' air travel companies offering low-cost flights to destinations across France. Ryanair, Easyjet and BMI Baby are among those offering budget flights to and from France from major European destinations such as the UK, Spain and Italy. In addition, major airlines such as British Airways and Air France offer some good deals, particularly on off-season breaks. Travelers who can afford to be flexible with their dates and destination can find some great-value breaks to France, and it pays to shop around to find the best value deals.

Rail Travel

Before the advent of budget flights, many travelers chose to travel across France and wider Europe by train. The InterRail pass is still a great value way to travel the country. It´s possible to enjoy unlimited rail travel across France for a given number of days with a Single Country Pass, or include your travel in France as part of a wider tour of Europe. InterRail passes over extra cost benefits for students and youths, making it a very budget-friendly way for families and young people to travel. In addition, the EuroStar rail link that connects the SouthEast of England with France is a convenient and competitively-priced way to arrive in France from the UK.

Camping and Hostels

From Paris to Lille, Lyon to Normandy, there are no end of campsites and backpacker hostels dotted across France. Camping sites are generally modern and very well-equipped, and needn't mean roughing it. Backpacker hostels are no longer the sole preserve of younger travelers, being increasingly popular with a wider age range of travelers looking for good value accommodations in France.

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