The Île de France is the compact region immediately surrounding the capital of France, Paris. As such, the region includes the now far-flung suburbs of the Paris metropolis, together with several large surrounding towns that form part of the larger conurbanation. All is not urban sprawl, however: the region is also known for its natural beauties, in the form of parks, forests and river lands.
There are many cycle lanes on routes into Paris, but be careful as you also share the road with motorbikes and cars which can be inconsiderate.
There are several free Autoroutes and 4 lane roads for getting round Île-de-France, however on weekdays there is a lot of congestion between the hours 8 - 9:30 AM and 17:30 - 19:30 PM, and it is really not advisable to travel then. This congestion becomes a lot less worse the further away from Paris you are.
The speed limit is 110 km/h.
Le boulevard périphérique: a road ring which marks the limit of "Paris will intra muros". This is essentially a motorway as there are no roundabouts or intersections, however it is famous for its obstructions. Be careful though, as the cars entering onto the road from the right have priority.
A86 : Very useful road that nearly completely circles Paris. The final missing segment is currently under construction near to Versailles and when completed will connect the circle.
A14 : Toll road, fairly expensive.
N104 : La Francilienne. A half circular road around the eastern side of Paris. As it is further out than the A86, there is considerably less congestion.
N118 : Connect western Paris to A10 and N104.
Map of central part of RER network
A network of regional trains (RER) takes you in and out of Paris. The RER has 256 stops in and around Paris, and runs on over 587 km (365 miles) of track. There are 5 lines, (A, B, C, D and E) that cross Paris, connecting suburbs on opposite sides. The stations are marked with blue signs with a white RER.
It is usually cheaper to purchase a daily ticket than a return ticket for most journeys, but check when purchasing!
Trains run from 4.45 AM to 1.30 AM, and smoking is not allowed whilst in stations or on the trains.
The Best Western Montcalm Hotel is located in the residential area of the 15th district of Paris, 10 minutes walk from the Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles, the villa-style hotel , houses a beautiful winter garden and lounge where you can relax for a snack or a moment of reading.
Whether you come to Paris for business or for leisure, the hotel is ideally situated. The metro line (8), Boucicaut station across the street from the hotel, will take you directly and in a few minutes to the main interests of Paris.
Best Western Au Trocaderois ideally located at the prospect Trocadero, Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, the Best Western Hotel au Trocadero Paris welcomes you in the heart of one of the most elegant district of Paris, the 16th district.
Completely renovated in 2006, the Best Western hotel au Trocadero offers 27 standard rooms tastefully decorated, soundproofed, air-conditioned and equipped with the most modern equipment. We have Free Wifi access. Two of our rooms are designed for at best for people with reduced mobility.
Located less than an hour from Paris, facing the forest of Fontainebleau, the hotel Best Western Apollonia is the ideal place to discover some of the finest historic and cultural sites in paris and its borders: Chateau de Fontainebleau Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte, the town of Barbizon painters.
For your seminars and private receptions, the hotel Best Western Apollonia offers several rooms with the capacity of accommodating up to 200 person. The hotel is fully equipped with wireless Internet access.
Whether you come to Fontainebleau for business or for leisure, the hotel isidealy situated. you are few minutes away from the main interests of Fontainebleau.