The 5 tourist destinations less than 2 hours from Paris


France is full of wonders accessible in a short time from Paris. Whether for a weekend getaway or a short break during a business trip, the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne introduce you to five French towns easily accessible in less than two hours by train from the capital.

 Lyon (1h50 by TGV)

Lyon, located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, is an emblematic city of French gastronomy and history. In less than two hours from Paris thanks to the TGV, you can find yourself in the heart of this city renowned for its dynamic student life. Stroll the cobbled streets of “Vieux Lyon” (Old Lyon), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the tourist streets of the Lyon Peninsula or relax in a brasserie in Croix-Rousse. Don’t miss out on tasting Lyon’s culinary specialties in one of the city’s many traditional corks. Thanks to its numerous museums, parks and warm atmosphere, Lyon offers a perfect getaway just two hours from the capital. Also discover the beauty of the Tête d’Or park, a true jewel of greenery in the heart of the city, ideal for a relaxing stroll or a family picnic.

 Nantes (1h57 by TGV)

Nestled on the banks of the Loire, Nantes is a city full of charm and history, just two hours from Paris by TGV. International students who wish to discover French civilization can visit the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, which houses a museum tracing the history of the city, or walk along the banks of the Erdre, known to be one of the most beautiful rivers in France. Nantes is also renowned for its contributions to contemporary art: it is home to astonishing works scattered throughout the city, including the giant mechanical elephant of the Machines de l’île. Whether you are passionate about French history, art and culture, or simply looking for a peaceful getaway, Nantes will definitely seduce you. Also consider visiting the Trentemoult district, an old fishing village with colorful facades, offering a picturesque atmosphere and an ideal setting for an unusual stroll.

 Rennes (1h25 by TGV)

Capital of Brittany, Rennes is a dynamic and cultural city, accessible in just an hour and a half by TGV from Paris. Discover the picturesque charm of the historic center of Rennes, its colorful half-timbered houses and cobbled streets, and get acquainted with another iconic French city. Don’t miss Saint-Pierre Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, or Thabor Park, a haven of peace in the heart of the city. Rennes is also renowned for its thriving arts scene, and hosts numerous festivals throughout the year; a musical and cultural emulation which makes it a destination of choice for students, particularly international students. Also explore the charming markets of Rennes, where you can taste regional specialties and discover local crafts. Whether you are a history, nature or culture lover, Rennes is definitely one of the enriching getaways near Paris.

 Reims (45 minutes by TGV)

Just 45 minutes from Paris by TGV, Reims is an unmissable destination for lovers of champagne and history. Visit the majestic Notre-Dame Cathedral – obviously not to be confused with Notre-Dame de Paris! – where the kings of France were traditionally crowned, then explore the world-famous champagne cellars for an unforgettable tasting. Reims is also full of charming squares and pretty shopping streets, perfect for a relaxed stroll punctuated by a shopping break. Whether you are passionate about wine, architecture or a gourmet, Reims will seduce you and also offers the immense advantage of being located less than an hour’s journey from Paris. A symbol of French heritage and civilization, Reims gives you the opportunity to visit the Palais du Tau, former residence of the kings of France, which offers a fascinating insight into the history of the region.

 Lille (1h02 by TGV)

Located in Hauts-de-France, less than two hours from Paris by TGV, Lille is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, perfect for an urban getaway. Stroll through Old Lille, with its picturesque cobbled streets and charming boutiques, or visit the Palais des Beaux-Arts, one of the largest museums in France after the Louvre. Lille is also renowned for its gastronomy, with its delicious culinary specialties such as “moules-frites” (mussels and fries) and welsh. For international students who love french history, art or cuisine, Lille is a destination to consider, just a few hours from Paris. Don’t forget to explore the lively Wazemmes district, known for its colorful market and bohemian atmosphere, ideal for discovering local life and tasting international dishes in the region’s many restaurants. As a large metropolis, Lille hosts numerous events and festivals capable of attracting international students wishing to enjoy their language stay in France




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