Me, my husband & toddler will be in Mainz, Germany for 2 weeks then plan to visit France for a week.
Can you pls advise the best way to get there - by train or plane, to and from what city and how long would it take?
We need to go back after a week to Frankfurt Main (airport) for departure going back home.
I would appreciate your insights. Thanks.
I be glad, that you visit our beautiful country.
And the region of Mainz is very beautiful. Everythings green, a lot of vineyards.
The best way you travel from Frankfurt to Mainz is by railway or with a hired car.
With hired car you don't have to forget, that our motorways are mostly full and there are a lot of traffic jams.
But when you leave the motorway you drive through little dreamy villages.
Where do you wanna go to France?
If you wanna visit France near the border to Germany take a hired car too, cause it's the easiest way to visit France in that region.
If you wanna go near Paris you have to fly, cause it's the quickest way.
I hope you enjoy your trip and our country.
Have a nice journey.
thanks a lot Murazor. we plan to visit the best see places in France - of course, Paris is just one in the list.
can you suggest as to where we can hire a car? would the rental be a daily , weekly, or monthly basis?
how much is the average car rental fee?
if we'll be taking a flight to paris from Germany, what cheap flights are available for that?
The best way to hire a car is on Frankfurt Airport.
There are 3 companies: www.AVIS.com - www.EUROPCAR.com - www.e-SIXT.com
Look at the homepages of them and you will find the fees.
To travel from Germany to Paris take the TGV-train from Mannheim to Paris.
It goes very quick and you see the country from Germany (the train drives near my house) and from France. And you can leave your hired car on the railway-station.
For the fees and the timetables look at www.bahn.de and choose your the english language.
you could also check companies like ryanair or germanwings if you wanna go by plane
The best way to travel in France from Germany is by train. An international ticket from Germany is the best and cheapest way to explore France. See the red text here: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/b883d/ Of course, for such a tour as mentioned above you would need more than one week. In this case I suggest you spent only one week in Mainz, though even with 2 weeks for France you'll be hurried.
If you have only one week to spent in France, I suggest going to Paris (including to EuroDisney for the little one). Best way would be either with TGV train as Murazor wrote or with plane. Check budget airlines as well as the regular ones, as prices for regular flights can (with all costs combined) be lower than Ryanair prices. Read the fine print on budget flight tickets carefully!
www.skyscanner.net is the best search engine for budget flights.
My family and I did a similar thing at the start of the holidays France, Holland, Belgium, back to France and hired a large estate through a car rental broker (usually the best way in case of any "problems" with the big companies as the brokers seem to have a better way to get problems solved than the average Joe Public).
I used a firm called Low Cost Rentals who quoted for all of the top "big" names in Car rental - EuropCar, Avis, Alao etc. I'm sure they handled Germany too.
Check out www.lowcostrentals.co.uk
Enjoy the trip