Budget Alert: The cheapest way to get around France

Becca, a fellow traveler during my journey from Toulouse to Nice was all enthusiasm for saving money and making friends.

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

So easy to use! It's set up just like an airline website. My drive to Geneva tomorrow will cost me 12 euros. I can do that...

— 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)


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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