Note that it is required by French law to get insurance for your apartment, even if you rent.
While some landlords will include electricity and/or gas in their rent, other will ask you to subscribe directly with the provider.
Alternatively, you may inquire about other electricity and natural gas providers on this website.
Most Internet providers will charge a monthly flat rate typically ranging between 30 and 40 Euros approximately, including unlimited Internet access, unlimited phone calls to a large number of countries (generally including the US), and access to a broad range of television networks.
The main Internet and telephone providers in France are:
While mobile phone plans are separate from fixed phone/Internet plans, you may subscribe for both with all main providers. Most providers will offer a discount for a coupled plan.
The Paris metro is very convenient to travel within the Paris metropolitan area, while the RER is convenient for the Paris suburbs.
Unless you plan to use the metro/RER only occasionally, we recommend buying a monthly or yearly pass, named "Navigo", giving you unlimited travel within Paris, as well as to the suburbs on weekends. If you are under 26 years old, you are eligible for a discounted rate yearly pass named "Carte Imagine'R".
The rate will depend on the area of travel covered (Paris only vs. Paris+suburbs.)
All information is to be found on the RATP website.
Velib' is the largest public bike-sharing system in the world. It includes 1,800 bike stations located throughout the city 300 meters apart from each other for easy and quick access from anywhere.
Unlimited use monthly subscriptions go from 30 to 40 Euros approximately depending on your age. Daily subscriptions are under 2 Euros, weekly subscriptions are 10 Euros.
The Autolib' car-sharing system is convenient and relatively inexpensive for travelling within Paris. More information here.
The railway is very convenient and rather inexpensive alternative to airplanes for travelling across France and to some nearby European capitals (London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, Rome, Madrid, etc.).
All information is to be found, and reservations are to be made, on the website of the national train company SNCF.
Make sure to inquire about the various special rate cards available depending on your age ("Carte 12-25", "Carte 25-30", "Carte Jeune", "Carte Escapade", etc.)
France car rental price-comparator website: www.locationdevoiture.fr
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