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The most famous cities in France

The largest and most interesting cities in France. What cities should visit tourists? Brief description, basic information and transport.


Eiffel Tower  in Paris Paris is the most famous city in France and one of the most visited by tourist’s city in the world. The population of Paris is about 2.4 million people. There live more than 12 million people in Paris and suburbs. A large number of attractions are situated in Paris. There are held many interesting events too. Number of tourists in Paris is so great that to book hotels and plan visits to museums and tourist attractions recommended in advance.

How to get to Paris? The fastest and convenient mode of transport is airplane. The railway connects Paris with many European cities.

A lot of useful information for tourists about Paris you can find on our website.


Marseille is the second largest by number of inhabitants city in France. The population of Marseille is about 850,000 people (about 1.5 million along with suburbs). Marseille is located in the southeastern part of France, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Close to the city on the seashore, there are many beaches and resort villages.
Many museums and art galleries are situated in the city. Most of the attractions of Marseille (as well as shopping centers) are located in districts 1, 2, 6 and 7.
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How to get to Marseille? Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles is the main railway station of the city. Tourists can get to Marseille from Paris by high-speed TGV train. (Travel time is approximately 4 hours and a distance about 750 km.) The train departs from Paris Gare de Lyon station.
Marseille Provence Airport (Aéroport de Marseille Provence) is located 27 kilometers north-west of Marseille.

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Lille is the fourth largest by number of inhabitants city in France. Lille is situated in northern France, near the Belgium border. Lille is the center of the textile industry of France. The city's population is approximately 227,000 people (with the suburbs more than 1 million people).
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Lille is an important transportation hub of European high-speed rail network. The trip by rail to London takes about 1.5 hours, to Paris 1 hour, 35 minutes to Brussels.
The International airport of Lille (Lille-Lesquin Airport) is located approximately 10 kilometers from the city.

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Bordeaux is situated in the south-west of France near the Atlantic coast, on the banks of the river Garonne. Bordeaux is sometimes named as "City of Art and History". The city is home to 362 monuments with some buildings dating back to Roman times. The historical part of town is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble of the 18th century."
Bordeaux is an important world center for the wine industry. One of the most famous wine exhibition Vinexpo is held here.
Saint-Jean is the main railway station of Bordeaux (Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean). It is located near the city center and serves 4 million passengers per year. You can get to Bordeaux from Paris by the TGV train in just four hour.
Bordeaux Airport (Aéroport de Bordeaux) is located 8 kilometers from the city center in a Mérignac suburb.


Lyon (also known as Lyons ) is the third largest by number of inhabitants city in France. The city's population is of about 506,000 people. The city is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are some historical sites in the city (a Roman amphitheater and monuments of medieval architecture). The city is also famous for the fact that the cinema was invented in Lyon by Lumiere brothers.
Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon (Fine Arts Museum) is main museum of the city and one of the largest art galleries in France.
Distance from Lyon is: about 470 kilometers to Paris, 320 kilometers to Marseilles and 160 kilometers to Geneva.
Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport is located 13 miles (20 km) southeast of Lyon's city centre.
Lyon has two major railway stations: Lyon Part-Dieu (TGV) and Lyon Perrache (provides mostly regional service).


Strasbourg is special city. The city may be considered as the center of Europe parliamentary. There are, for example, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights located in Strasbourg. The city is located near the border between France and Germany.
There are many medieval architectural landmarks in the city. The central part of Strasbourg included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage. Strasbourg Cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic art and one of the architectural landmark of the city.
Gare de Strasbourg train station is located in the city centre. There is also intermational airport near Strasbourg.


Nice is one of the most famous cities on the French Riviera. It is the second most popular tourist destination city in France. Distance from Nice to the Italian border is about 30 kilometers, to Paris - 960 kilometers and to to Genoa (Italy) - 200 kilometers. The city's population is about 344,000 people.
The city was founded in the middle of the 4th century BC. Currently, it is one of the most popular resorts on the Mediterranean coast of France.
The Promenade des Anglais (La Prom) is a promenade along the Mediterranean at Nice. It can be considered as the main street of Nice (especially for tourists).

The Nice Carnival is one of the world's major carnival events ( alongside the Brazilian Carnival and Venice Carnival). It is held annually in February. Flower Parades (battle of flowers) Carnival Parade of Lights (On Saturdays and Tuesdays) are are the most colorful carnival events.

“Nice Côte d'Azur» airport is the third busiest airport in France (after Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport).
The main railway station is Nice-Ville, served by high speed TGV trains connecting Paris and Nice. Travel time by train to Paris is about 6 hours. Railways connect Nice with other coastal cities too, as well as the Principality of Monaco.

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Tickets Railway tickets can be purchased on the internet. You can at least find out the train schedule and train travel prices online and buy a ticket later at the station.


Cannes is one of the popular cities of the French Riviera. The history of the city has more than two thousand years. The city became famous in the late 19th century, when aristocrats from the UK began to build their homes here. Rich and famous people from other European countries started arriving here later. The city population is about 73.6 thousand people. The Promenade de la Croisette is the waterfront avenue with palm trees and the most famous street in Cannes.

Some world-famous events are held in Cannes:

The nearest major airport «Nice Côte d'Azur Airport» is located at a distance of 24 kilometers from the city. Rail link connects Cannes to the major cities of France and Europe.

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