France seduces travellers with its globally renowned gastronomy, romantic cities, scenic countryside and chic, sunny south coast. Whichever part of France you’re travelling to, let Luggage Mule ship your luggage to France for you, so you can relax and make the most of the country’s famous art de vivre.
Customs: Due to France’s place within the EU, travel between other EU countries is fairly easy. However, meat products not originating from EU member states are forbidden, as is the transport of pets including dogs, cats and birds. Check the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development for full details.
Price: One way shipping from £27.49!
Shipping times: 3 working days
Flights: Flights to France usually take about one hour. Nearly all international airlines provide a service to France but flights from the Australasia and Pacific region usually involve at least one change. Major gateways include Paris, Nice, and Lyon. France is also well served by ferries to the north coast from the UK with Roscoff, Cherbourg and Calais the major gateways.
Currency: Euro (€)
Power: 230V, 50Hz
Visas: Holders of British Citizen passports or any other EU state citizens are not required to have a visa to travel to France. Other nationalities however may need a Schengen visa. To check the visa requirements of your country visit Schengen Visa Information website.
Time difference: Central European Time, GMT+1.
Packing for France
If you’re travelling to France for the summer months, especially to the likes of St Tropez or Cannes on the beautiful southern coast, pack for very hot weather. Suncream, sunglasses and a hat are essentials, and it’s also wise to pack some long-sleeved shirts to keep those arms under wraps. Don’t forget your swimming gear either, especially if you’re headed to the beach, and check whether your accommodation provides beach towels – you may need to pack your own. For those travelling to The Alps pack for cold weather. We’d recommend thermals, jackets, gloves and boots.
If there’s outdoor adventure on your itinerary, make sure you bring your sports gear: walking boots, swimming kit, and sleeping bag and tent if you’re planning a multi-day hike – with Luggage Mule’s France luggage shipping service has a generous 30kg allowance, so you’ll be able to ship whatever you need straight to your destination and travel without fuss.
Ship your bike to France
It’s no surprise that the home of the Tour de France is an international hotspot for cycling. There is no better way to tour France’s vineyards and ancient châteauxs than on two wheels. Along the Atlantic Coast between the Gulf of Morbihan and the Gironde you’ll find some of France’s best cycle paths, and in the Loire Valley you can explore the Loire à vélo, an easy riverside train that runs for a total 800km. Spare yourself the hassle of hiring an unfamiliar bike, and let Luggage Mule ship your bike to France quickly and securely.
Ship your skis to France
France is one of the world’s most popular destinations for skiers and snowboarders, and it’s a particular favourite among Brits, who are just a short hop away. But it isn’t just proximity that the French Alps have to offer – they’re also home to some of the best ski resorts in the world, including the legendary Val d’Isère, the villagey Chamonix and the family-friendly Les Gets. Beat the ski hire queues by getting Luggage Mule to ship your ski equipment to France ahead of you. So all you’ll have to do is turn up and hit the slopes.
Ship your golf equipment to France
A lot of France’s best golf can be found in the north. Normandy has the scenic Golf d’Etretat and the forest-based Champ de Bataille, while Brittany has Dinard Golf, which dates back to the late 19th century and is one of the oldest courses in Europe. In the south, Spanish great Seve Ballesteros designed the course at Golf de Pont Royal in Provence Cotes d’Azur. As all good golfers know, the answer to the perfect swing is relaxation – so let Luggage Mule ship your golf clubs to France for you and travel stress-free!
What to ship home from France
France produces some of the best wines in the world, boasting the most globally recognised wine regions from Burgundy to Bordeaux to Champagne. If you’re visiting vineyards, don’t restrict yourself to a bottle or two. Luggage Mule’s generous 30kg allowance allows you to ship plenty back from France, so you can buy your favourite French wine by the case and have it delivered to your door. And when it comes to foodie souvenirs, wine is just the tip of the iceberg – France offers everything from wild truffles and artisanal cheeses to Le Creuset’s famous cast-iron cookware.