Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns.  Gassing up is similar to gassing in the USA and Canada with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
Information for those renting a vehicle in France
Do You need an International Driving Permit to drive in Europe.
In France and Italy you can rent a car and do not need to show an International Permit, only your drivers license    For drivers from the USA, no IDP is needed in France but Italian law requires that See Article
Train Transportation In Paris, Getting Around In Paris by RER Train
Paris TGV Trains: Paris to Avignon in less than three hours from Gare Lyon
Fast Trains:  TGV Trains  
At 180 miles per hour, an alternative to air travel within France and Europe is the TGV Train.
First Class service is available along with second class service.  
The fast trains reach much of Western Europe from stations in Paris.
Book TGV train travel ahead to save.
(TGV, Train a Grande Vitesse)
Paris Best Bargain: Tour Boats along the Left Bank beside the Seine:Two Day Ticket, Get On and Off All day;
Paris tour boats take you along the river under many of the Paris bridges to the Eiffel Tower
Tour buses follow the Seine and make stops at historic places in Paris
  • Boat Tours on the Seine
While the RER and Metro Trains are great systems,  a  boat trip or tour bus will orient you to Paris and its sights and will help you see all there is to see.
The boats make stops at the notable
Museums and can be a comfortable way to see Paris when Spring Rains come.
Combine the tour boat and tour
Bus Service with Walks,  the Metro and the RER trains and you can see many sights in Paris and those in the distant towns..
  • Visitor Orientation
For the first time visitor to Paris the best travel value and orientation tool would be the Batobus tour on the Seine River or the bus tours.. Boat Tours

  • Metro and RER Trains
The Paris Metro and the RER Train system can then become a handy way to see more of Paris.  The metro and RER systems will take some time to learn.  The Metro is the oldest and one of the most extensive subway system of all the worlds cities.     Metro

Use a combination of RER train, Metro, and Taxi to reach all of Paris and beyond.
Paris
taxis are plentiful and work with a set price. See Article
  • RER Train Lines
RER Trains are a Paris rapid transit system with lines that are lettered A through E and color coded.  The trains connect to the Paris Metropolitain/Subway at several Paris stations.
  • RER to Airport CDG
The RER trains are a handy way to reach CDG Airport, The Palace of Versailles, Monet's Garden, or any outlying site.  Line B  for example runs north and south and connects to CDG Airport from the Gare de Nord. (Train Station)
  • RER Palace of Versailles
For the Palace of Versailles, take the RER  Train C-5 Line from the center of Paris at several stations including Gare d'Austerlitz and Notre Dame. Leave the train at the Versailles Rive Gauge Station for a walk to the grounds of the Palace.
  • Train Tickets
The RER and Metro tickets are valid for both systems and you can make connections between the two systems at various stations, the station below the Arc de Triumph for example. (Charles de Gaulle/Etoile Station) where three Metro lines and one RER line converge.
  • RER Color Coded and Lettered
RER lines are color coded on maps like the Metro so you must be careful not to confuse the two systems. RER Trains are lettered A through E
  • RER For Longer Distances
The RER trains are faster than the Metro, making fewer stops, and are a handy way to go longer distances or to sites outside the city.  
Transportation In France from Paris
Information for those renting a vehicle in Paris
Shop for your rental car online well  ahead of your trip and choose diesel (more economical) or gas, luggage space,(important)  standard or automatic,(important)  two door, four door and other options.     See  renting a vehicle in Provence
Use these websites to buy Train tickets in England and France. http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers en.voyages-sncf.com/en/ www.tgv-Europe.com
RER Train Transportation In Paris will offer trips around Paris and RER routes to the suburbs.  RER Trains run alongside the Metro system and give you access to many Paris Sites from below ground and above ground stations in the City of Paris and beyond.
Rer trains serve the TGV Train stations and conventional stations(above) from the underground along with the Metro trains.
Paris RER Train Station sign
Paris RER and Metro Trains
RER Trains serve stations that also serve the Metro. The RER  lines are lettered A through E while the Metro lines are numbered .  
The Metro and RER Train stations serve passengers within Paris .  The RER also serves to outlying suburbs.
  • RER Trains , Airport Transfer
RER Trains serve CDG Airport,  an international hub connecting much of the world.
Shuttle, bus, and taxi service is also available to Paris from the airport.  The problem with using RER for airport transfer could be that those hauling heavy luggage will find few elevators in the paris RER and Metro stations.
Airport Transfer

RER trains connect to TGV Train Stations where high speed trains to much of France and Western Europe.  See TGV Trains  

Rental cars are available at Charles de Gaulle CDG
Paris is well served by train service as this sign shows.  Long distance trains Fast TGV, shorter distance conventional train, RER and Metro,
Long distance trains, the fast, TGV trains,  run from five Paris train stations.
Paris France Trains
RER Train
Transportation
In Paris
Reseau Express Regional
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