Trains in France are convenient but “tres cher”. I wanted to see six different cities during my stay here, so I needed a way to cut down on transportation costs. My Toulouse couch surfing host told me she always travels by Coivoiturage, a car-sharing site that links drivers and riders on roadtrips. I used it for my next three trips around France and saved a total of $102 euro on train fare. I also met a wide variety of wonderful French people during the rides and got recommendations for places to see in my destination city. Each time the ride was quick (no traffic at all!) and fun. So much better than sitting silently on a train for six hours by myself.
Using the Site
— Go to www.covoiturage.fr/
— Enter your travel information exactly like you would for a flight: Departure City, Arrival City, Day of Departure
— See a list of people making that trip on the day requested and the time they are leaving.
— Call the person and ask for a ride (warning: this can be tough if you don’t speak French!). They will pick you up and drop you off at your location. Door to door service!
Cost: Set by the driver.
Toulouse to Nice (294 miles) — 40 euro (train = 75 euro).
Nice to Lyon (293 miles) — 28 euro (train = 82 euro)
Lyon to Geneva (70 miles) — 12 euro (train = 25 euro)