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Paris is the capital of France.

Hitching Out

Like nearly every big city, it's difficult to hitchhike out of it. Paris is even more difficult, since the city, situated within the ring highway (periférique) is relatively small, but surrounded by endless suburbs.

A1 Northeast towards Lille, Belgium

Take RER B to Stade de France and after walking a while you'll find a final traffic light where you can ask for the first gas-station on the motorway (around 2km away and NOT accessible from outside of the motorway)

A4 East, towards Metz, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Germany

The first gas station is close to RER A station Bussy St. Georges. From there you walk south for about 1 km (you can ask at the counter) along a bigger road, which will lead you to a roundabout. You can try from there, but the gas station is just a bit more than 2 km from there. You can walk on the grass field next to the highway. The gas station is called "La Ferrière". An alternate route to reach the gas station is to walk through the industrial zone of Bussy, right south of the railway, then reach the bridge over the highway and then follow on the grass until the gas station that is quite near. This avoids walking in the grass (annoying especially in winter and when raining) and instead most of the walk will be on a road, and you will save some time. You can follow this route on Google Maps - the gas station can be seen right of the bridge on the south side of the map.

The péage is not far from there, though it might be further than the closest highway exit.

Another Option: Take the RER Line A (Red) in direction Boissy St Legere until the station Nogent Sur Marne (~ 2€). There, leave the station in direction Rue "Joinville" and follow the sign to the A4. Its about 30 minutes by foot. If someone stops ask if they can take you at least to the next gas station, there is no toll (péage) to get there so it's likely you will get at least to there.

A6 South, to Lyon, Marseille, Barcelona, Italy

Porte d'Orleans, at the périferique seems okay, Metro Porte d'Orleans. There's a gas station, and a good spot at the traffic junction to the "périferique extérieur". Don't go with cars going into the suburbs. The next tollway or gas station takes about 50 km!

Another solution is to catch a train in direction "Melun via Corbeil-Essonnes" to Villabé (1-2 trains per hour, departing from "Châtelet" or "Gare de Lyon" RER station, about 6€; at non-peak hours you might have to change trains at "Juvisy" (lines C and D). From there walk about 20 min along rue de la Gare and then to the right along rue des Lisses, cross the autoroute, you'll see the gas station from the bridge. --Daniel 19:31, 13 January 2007 (CET)

A10 South to Orleans, Bordeaux, Spain

This road follows the route of the A6(see above) from Paris, then splits from it near Antony/Rungis. There's no gas station between Porte d'Orleans and the A6xA10 junction.

Getting to this highway is not easy and will involve a train ride and some walking. The first gas station is situated near a village called Briis-sous-Forges. To get there you need to take either RER B to Massy-Palaiseau or RER C to Dourdan (around 7€) and from there to take the bus 91.03 to Briis-sous-Forges. It runs about 3 times an hour on weekdays, once an hour on Saturdays and does not on Sundays. The gas station is situated a couple of kms north of the village, to reach it you need to find Route d'Invilliers, a small local road parallel to the highway. Once there, when asking your ride make sure your driver takes the right road, as the A11 splits from it near. Another solution is to start hitching at Dourdan, take rue d'Etampes, and start at the roundabout. In Les-granges-du-roi take the D838 that will lead you to an entrance on the A10. Note, that it's a bit far for walking - around 10 km and the traffic is weak. Hitch there before the Péage with a sign "Orleans".

Another, a bit more expensive but possibly faster, is to take a train directly to Orleans from Paris-Austerlitz station. The ticket will cost you about 18 €. North of the center passes an expressway which joins the A10 and has a Péage just before the junction. You'll need a sign saying "Tours" (if you go direction Tours>Bordeaux or "Vierzon" if you need to take the A20 towards Toulouse).

A11 South-west to Le Mans, Nantes, Rennes and all parts of Brittany

This highway splits from the A10 near Dourdan. There are several possibilities go get on this road:

  1. The gas station at Briis-sous-Forges. Look at A10 section
  2. Take a train to Rambouillet from Paris-Montparnasse (about 7€) and start hitching on the N10 south, until the A11 entrance
  3. Take the train from Paris-Montparnasse to Chartres (12€) and start hitching from there.

External links

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