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Tips for Motorcycle Trips in France

What do you have to take into consideration when traveling to France? Which documents do you have to take with you? Louis provides you with answers to the most important questions. No liability is accepted for errors – Louis does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of information.

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[ICON - The driving license & co.]Documents you must have with you

  • Driving licence and vehicle registration certificate
  • ID card or passport (since 26.6.12 it has also been obligatory for children travelling within the EU to have their own identity document.)

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[ICON - The first aid kit.]First-aid kit / Hi-vis vest

Since 2016 all bikers are obliged to carry with them a high visibility jacket. It is mandatory to wear the jackets whenever getting of the bike at the side of the road (e.g. due to an emergency stop).
Bikers are not required to carry first-aid kits.

[ICON - The helmet.]Mandatory helmet and gloves

It is mandatory to wear a helmet! Only helmets which conform to the ECE 22-04 or 22-05 standard are approved.

Note: Bikers and passengers are obliged to wear CE-approved gloves.

According to the current law (decree No. 2006-46 of 13 January 2006 Art.4, Article R431-1 “Code de la Route”), it is mandatory to wear a homologated helmet when driving a two-wheeled vehicle in France. Article R431-1 states that a helmet in France is considered approved/homologlated if 1. it bears an ECE label conforming to the French (NF) or European (E) standard and 2. it has reflective stickers on all sides (this is a result of a European directive (Regulation no. 22, Amendment 04). However, these stickers are only obligatory in France by law)

icon mit ausrufezeichenIf there are no reflective stickers on the helmet, it is not approved and substantial fines may be imposed or the vehicle may even be temporarily taken out of use.

[ICON - The headlights.]Lights

Motorcycles must have their headlight on even during the daytime.

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[ICON - The speedometer.]Speed limits

  • Within built-up areas: 50 km/h
  • Outside built-up areas: 80 km/h
  • Dual carriageways (expressways): 90 km/h
  • Motorway (freeway): 130 km/h. In wet weather 50/80/80/110
  • Beginners (less than 2 years' experience): 50/80/100/110

[ICON - The motorway tolls.]Road tolls

Almost all motorways (freeways) in France, various tunnel sections and the Viaduc de Millau are toll roads.


[ICON - The emergency call.]Emergency numbers

112 and 15

[ICON - The alcohol.]Legal alcohol limit

0.05% (50 mg/100 ml blood)

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Further information

  • Riders under the age of 21 may only ride motorcycles up to 34 bhp (25 kW).
  • Since 01.07.2016 (for vehicles from abroad from 01.04.2017) the vignettes Crit’Air (environmental bagde) are mandatory in several French cities.

Motorcycle trips across the France borders

Here you will find country tips for motorcycle trips in France neighbouring countries.

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  1. Belgium *
  2. Luxembourg *
  3. Germany
  4. Switzerland
  5. Italy
  6. Spain
  7. Andorra *

* To provide you with even better support when you plan your next tour, we will shortly be adding still more countries.

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