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If you're looking to buy a property in France, there comes a time when you've explored all the French Property websites, learnt all you can about the way the house buying transaction works in France, and began to get a feel for the relative house price values. At this point, there is really nothing for it, but to actually travel to France and begin to view some properties. The information on this page may be of some use to you when you come to plan your trip.

picture of French ferryFRANCE BY FERRY

Since P & O withdrew from the majority of its GB - France routes it has left a situation on some crossings where Brittany Ferries is now in fact in a monopoly or near monopoly situation. This can only be bad news for the direction of prices on those routes and it is to be hoped that in time some competition will be forthcoming. In the meantime, once you have purchased your house in France, Brittany do offer a facility called the Property Owners Travel Club costing around £55 a year which offers some useful discounts on fares. If you are going to travel to France frequently you can save the £55 in a very short space of time.

All the major sea crossings to France from the UK and Ireland are listed In the table below.

FERRY COMPANY
GB & EIRE PORT
FRANCE PORT
WEBSITE
TELEPHONE
Brittany Ferries Cork Roscoff brittany-ferries.co.uk08709076103
Norfolk Line
Dover
Dunkerque
norfolkline.com0870 1020
SpeedFerries Dover Boulogne speedferries.com08712227456
DFDS
P & O Ferries
Seafrance (Now ceased
operating. Routes taken
over by:) MyFerryLink
Dover Caleigh dfds.co.uk
poferries.com


myferrylink.com
08715747235
0871 6645645


0844 2482100
LD Lines
Transmanche Ferries
Newhaven Le Havre ldlines.co.uk
transmancheferries.co.uk
0844 5768836
0800 917 1201
LD Lines
Transmanche Ferries
Newhaven Dieppe
Brittany Ferries Plymouth Roscoff
Brittany Ferries
Condor Ferries
Poole Cherbourg
condorferries.co.uk

08702435140
LD Lines
Transmanche Ferries
from 05.2013: Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth Le Havre
Brittany Ferries Portsmouth Caen (Ouistrieme)
Brittany Ferries
Condor Ferries
Portsmouth Cherbourg
Brittany Ferries
Condor Ferries
Portsmouth St Malo
Irish Ferries
Celtic Link Ferries
Rosslare Cherbourg irishferries.com
celticlinkferries.com
Irish Ferries Rosslare Roscoff
Condor Ferries Weymouth Cherbourg
Condor Ferries Weymouth St Malo

picture of French trainFRANCE BY RAIL

If you're looking to buy in North East France, the alternative to using a ferry to get yourself and your car to France is Eurotunnel:
Eurotunnel.com

If you're looking further afield and are going to hire a car in the region of France that you are interested in, one alternative to flying is to travel by high speed train with Eurostar.com
The high speed network across France has been undergoing a major expansion and it is now possible to book through Eurostar to link up with these new routes to destinations all over France. We took advantage of this service recently to travel to Marseilles and, if memory serves me right, it took about 6-1/2 hrs from London to Marseilles. The UK leg of the journey time has become shorter as they have finally opened the high speed track from London to Folkstone. You can find a map of all the cities you can get to by high speed trains at the English version of the site at: tgv.co.uk

You can rest assured that the high speed trains used on these routes will be a bit more up to date than the train I've pictured on the left.

Picture of French planesFRANCE BY AIR

With the growth of no frills airlines and the opening up of small regional airports in the UK and France to commercial flights, flying conveniently and cheaply to different regions of France has never been easier.

A current list of commercial airport destinations in France are shown immediately below and the details of the main airlines providing flights from the U.K. to France are shown below that.

AIRLINE COMPANY
FRANCE DESTINATIONS
TELEPHONE
Air France Paris, Nice, Strasbourg. 0870 1424343
British Airways
Bordeaux, Marseilles, Paris, Toulouse.
0870 8509850
BMIbaby Bordeaux, Marseilles, Paris, Perpignan. 0871 2240224
Easyjet Biarritz, Bordeaux, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Lyon, Marseilles, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Toulouse. 0905 8210905 (premium rate number)
Flybe Avignon, Bergerac, Brest, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Limoges, Nice, Paris, Perpignon, Rennes. 0871 5226100
Jet2.com Avignon, La Rochelle, Nice, Paris, Toulouse. 0871 2261737
Ryanair Angoulême, Bergerac, Bèziers, Biarritz, Brest, Carcassonne, Dinard, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Limoges, Marseilles, Montpellier, Nantes, Nîmes, Paris, Pau, Perpignan, Poitiers, Rodez, Toulon, Tours. 0871 2460000

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Acknowledgements: images used on the left in the text area are mainly from morguefile.com, my thanks to biberta, missyredboots, rosevita, doctor_bob, cohdra, mconners, kairily, clarita, scott. m. liddel, and anyone else from morguefile whose image appears here. All the images in the right hand column on each page have been taken by me during my various travels in France and are copyright of buyahouseinfrance.info.