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France by Plane, Train, Car or Ferry

Avions, Trains et Automobiles (et les Ferry-boat)

We can book and organise all your travel arrangements for you: Not just flights, but however you wish to get to your destination. From car hire cars to arranging assistance at airports, ports and stations - anywhere in the UK or overseas. To book or to find out more, please call us on 0161 804 9898 or submit an enquiry.

Accessible France

By plane

There are plenty of flights from the UK to over 30 airports throughout France. The longest flight - from Aberdeen to Nice - takes four hours, with journeys inbetween other UK or French airports taking considerably less: London to Paris, for example, takes just over an hour. If you’re not a fan of flying, however, there are a number of other ways you can get to travel around our cloest continental neighbour.

By ferry

Ferries to France sail from the following UK ports in the south: Plymouth, Weymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Newhaven, Folkestone, Dover and Ramsgate. Elsewhere in the UK, it’s possible to travel to France by ferry from Cork in Northern Ireland to Roscoff, from Dublin in Eire to Cherbourg, from Hull to Zeebrugge (in Belgium) and from Newcastle to Ijmunden (in North Holland). Travel times vary, ranging from the leisurely - the crossing from Portsmouth to St Malo for example takes 11 hours, to the relatively fast - Dover to Calais takes 1 hour 30 minutes, Dover to Dunkirk takes a further half hour.

Travelling by ferry is a great option if you want to take your own car or holiday as a foot passenger. If you wish to travel to France by ferry, contact us and we can speak to the relevant ferry company and make all the necessary arrangements for you. For example, disabled travellers in their car usually receive priority boarding, enabling them to park closest to the access lifts. Talk to us about your needs and the level of support you require beforehand and we can ensure your ferry crossing is as comfortable as possible. The other advantage of travelling to France in your car is that there are no weight limitations with regard to your luggage and equipment, so you can take as much as you need.

By car

Eurotunnel

Another means of travelling to France by car is via the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais.The Eurotunnel trains carry both freight and vehicles to Calais in just over 35 minutes. Simply drive to Folkestone and onto the train, remain in your vehicle for the duration of the short journey and drive off at the other end. Please note however, there are no disabled toilet facilities on board, so make use of the facilities in the Passenger Terminal prior to travel. Further, if you are planning on using your vehicle in France, make sure you check and comply with all the legal requirements to drive - such as having a high visibility jacket in case of vehicle breakdown.

By train

Eurostar

Eurostar has up to 20 services a day from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord with the journey from London to Paris taking just over 2 hours. But the Eurostar doesn’t just stop at Paris. It also continues on to Lille, enabling you to connect with trains to take you throughout France and elsewhere. The Eurostar service from London to Brussels makes it easy for exploring Belgium, Germany or the Netherlands.

Eurostar operates a limited service direct to Disneyland Paris in high season and has recently launched a service straight down to the south of France, making it possible to get to from Marseilles from London in under 7 hours. For passengers with disabilities, Eurostar also provides assistance including Meet and Greet at check-in, wheelchairs (if required) from check-in to the train, assistance with check-in, security and immigration and help with boarding and disembarkation. Top tip: As a wheelchair user you’ll also receive a first class seat for a standard class price in the designated wheelchair seat plus one companion.

France has an excellent interconnected rail network too. SNCF trains are modern, frequent and efficient, with many towns and cities throughout France connected by high speed TGV trains. SNCF trains are accessible, with staff and guards used to assisting passengers with disabilities. There's also the option of taking the Auto Train to the South of France: Drive to Paris Bercy station, your vehicle goes by Auto Train, while you travel separately on a TGV and collect your vehicle at your chosen destination: Nice, Geneva, Avignon, Biarritz, Marseille, Tarbes, Narbonne, St Raphael, Toulon or Toulouse. A single ticket for your vehicle then enables you to drive back through France, or a return ticket means you can use your vehicle for pottering around your holiday destination in Southern France.

Remember that all you need to do is discuss your holiday plans with us, then, in addition to finding you great accessible accommodation in your chosen destination, we can also arrange your travel itinerary too. From booking ferries or trains, to sending you all your travel details, we can guarantee your holiday will be as relaxing and as stress free as possible.