Champagne Ardenne offers a well-developed communication network across its 4 departments.
Thus there are many ways to get to Champagne Ardenne and in recent years it has even become easier. You can either fly there, with many companies now operating to and from Paris, which is connected to the region, drive there or use trains and buses.
|Travelling to Champagne Ardenne by Air|
|Air traffic||In 2007 more than 86.4 million passengers from everywhere in the world travelled through Parisian airports.|
|Largest Airport||Paris Charles de Gaulle is the largest airport in the nearby Paris.|
|Local Airports||Champagne Ardenne only has a small cargo airport called Vatry International. The others are aerodromes dedicated to private leisure, travel and learning activities.|
|International Airports||Unfortunately there is no international airport in Champagne Ardenne, but Parisian airports can be reached in only 45 mn from Reims and 70 mn from Troyes by train.|
|Useful Contacts||Airline bookings and pricings:
Air France - Airline Company,
|Travelling to Champagne Ardenne by Train|
|Passengers||More than 11,5 millions millions train passengers will board trains from and to Paris in 2008.|
|Regional Rail Network||Efficient mainline railways (Corail) and local railways (TER*) operate throughout Champagne Ardenne. The brand new TGV (high-speed trains) line was launched in 2006.|
|National Rail Network||TGV* from Reims or Troyes to Paris, and then from Paris to any station in the country. One can reached Bordeaux (south west) or Marseille (south east, on the Mediterranean) in 3 hours.
Other lines are:
|International Rail||Connection to Eurostar via Paris.
Connection to Eurotunnel via Calais.
|Useful Contacts||Railway bookings and pricings: www.eurostar.com, www.sncf.fr or www.sncf.co.uk, www.eurotunnel.com|
|Travelling to Champagne Ardenne by Road|
|Road network||Champagne Ardenne road network includes 560 kms of motorways, 500 km of roads and +15,000 kms of local département roads.|
|Distances||Driving distance from Paris to Reims: 1h30 mins (144kms)
Driving distance from Paris to Troyes: 1h55 mins (170 kms)
|Useful contacts||Car Rental: www.hertz.fr, www.avis.fr, www.rentacar.fr, www.europcar.com, www.easycar.com
Trafic Information: www.autoroutes-trafic.fr, www.infotrafic.com, www.bison-fute.equipement.gouv.fr
Itineraries: www.viamichelin.fr, www.mappy.com, www.igg.fr
|Travelling to Champagne Ardenne by Canals and Rivers|
|Main Harbours||Champagne Ardenne has no harbour but an extensive network of canals (634 km), allowing to travel in the whole country, at a different pace:
|Canals Network||The canals are used for touristic itineraries and freight transport.|
|Useful Contacts||Canal cruises info and pricings : www.champagne-et-croisiere.com (French website only - English spoken during cruises on request - be careful, book in advance)|
* TGV (Train à grande vitesse = high speed train)
* TER (Train express régional = regional fast train)
* IGG (Itinéraire Grand Gabarit = wide load itinerary)