Fuel shortage: where to go for a weekend without a car in France?

Facilitating journeys without a car this weekend to alleviate the fuel shortage currently affecting all of France, such is the stated aim of the measure adopted on Friday, October 14 by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

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In order to “make life easier for residents”, the region has actually voted for free public transport: TER trains and regional intercity buses will thus be freely accessible throughout the weekend.

All year round there are alternatives for weekend driving! Here are some ideas for escaping to France a few hours from home, without having to drive.

A car-free city break in French cities

If you live near a station – served by TGV, TER or even Intercités – it’s easy to escape for a weekend to another city served from your starting point! From Paris you can reach other major French cities such as Bordeaux, Lyon, Lille, Marseille or even Nice, Rennes and Nantes.

Once there, you can take the TER or Intercités to reach other destinations such as La Rochelle, Arcachon, Nîmes or Cannes. Nothing is easier!

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Escape to a car-free French island

If you have a little more time than a two-day weekend, why not isolate yourself on an island? In France, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to discovering a car-free island! From Porquerolles to the island of Bréhat via Belle-Ile-en-Mer, the Chausey islands, but also the island of Aix or the Frioul archipelago, these islands do not tolerate motors and prefer walking and cycling tours. Ideal for disconnection.

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French tourist sites accessible without a car

“You don’t need a car to discover the great places in France!”, we can read on the website launched by the network, “Nature escape without a car” – the mentioned places are thus discovered “on foot, by bike, by boat and even by steam train”.

From Aurillac station, set off by bike to attack the Grand Site of Puy Mary, the oldest of the giants of Auvergne, located in the heart of the Cantal massif. By combining train, bicycle and even steam train journeys, it is also possible to explore the Baie de Somme, the largest estuary in northern France, with almost 7,200 hectares. So many ideas for walks tested and approved, and very well documented, with an interactive map and places not to be missed.

Find accommodation less than 10 kilometers from a train station on GreenGo

Agreeing on a destination to reach without a car is good. Finding eco-responsible accommodation there is even better! That is why GreenGo, the French platform for booking environmentally responsible accommodation, has created a dedicated search filter: it indicates, among the 600 accommodation offered, which are easily accessible by train – at least within a radius of less than 10 kilometers from a train station.

The “railway station nearby” filter is now #1 in the search for visitors to the site, and we want to develop this symbiosis between accommodation and transport” – Guillaume Jouffre, co-founder of GreenGo

For the All Saints holiday, for example, book a charming room in a guest house in Chartres (an hour by TER from Paris Montparnasse), or even for a cottage “close to the station” in Colmar, Alsace.

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