........... How to get to Corsica

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Can't wait to go? Luckily there are a number of ways to get to this island paradise... from passenger and car ferries from Italy and France, to air travel from cities all over Europe. And with Corsica's increasing popularity new flights are announced each year.Below are some travel suggestions for how to get there... and once there, how to get around on the island.

Travel Suggestions:

Air Travel - Air France (www.airfrance.us) and it's partner CCM provides inexpensive roundtrip airfare from Paris, Marseille and Nice to Corsica. (Check other cariers for direct flights to Corsica from Germany, England and Italy).

When booking flights into Paris at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport, you'll be able to arrange either a direct or connecting flight from there to the island. Another alternative is to transfer to the smaller Orly Airport (ORY) in South Paris we suggest using the Air France autobus allowing at least 3 hours to make the transfer and check in at Orly. From Orly, it's only 1 ½ hour flight to Calvi airport (CLY)), or try fly from CDG-to-Nice-to-Calvi, and save yourself the hassle of carting your luggage on the bus!

For flights into Calvi, click on the British flag symbol next to the airport of your choice (Calvi, or Bastia) at this link: http://www.calvi.aeroport.fr/accueil.php


Ferry Travel - On this english-translated webpage for SNCM, http://www.sncm.fr/index.php?lang=2&PHPSESSID=a580b58d8aa80b083ec3196ec6d28e88, you can review ferry schedules between France (Marseilles or Nice) and Corsica (Calvi, Bastia or Ile Rousse), just remember that dates format is mm/dd/yyyy.

Or, check out http://uk.geocities.com/my_ferries/corsica.html, a UK website which offers a ferry search engine for travel, maps out ferry traffic to Corsica (including Italy) and includes lots of good tips.


Railway Travel - If you're traveling between cities in Corsica, why not see if the island train is a viable option? it affords some unforgettable views of beautifully wild landscapes, while immersing you with the locals, and the trains themselves are rather unique. Here's a link ot the Corsican railway time tables (select your begining/end destination from the ' ' window on the right, then click the blue 'Choisir' box): http://www.ter-sncf.com/corse/carte_horaires/index.asp#

Train buffs might enjoy reading this english language webpage http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/CFC.html on the history (and pictures) of the Corsican Railways,


Car Rental - If you're interested in renting a car (the French drive on the right side of the road), it's much easier and cheaper to arrange car rental before you go. While most agencies will have an office at the airport, often there's another agency in town--helpful if you're only renting for part of your vacation. Ask your travel agent or compare prices yourself, between www.europcar.com and www.auto-europe.co.uk.


Travel Agents- If the idea of putting together your travel intermarry leaves you a little bewildered, you can always do what we've often done—have our travel agent set up the entire trip! We've used Sara for our Corsican vacations (airfare & car rentals) or many years. She has very competitive prices! She can be reached at: (206) 623-2157, sara@scaneastwest.com


Trip Insurance - Last, but NOT LEAST... For any trip, it pays to be over insured! When we travel, we've used Travelguard and TravelInsured International for trip, medical, health and accident insurance. Ask your travel agent or check out: www.travelguard.com or www.travelinsured.com.

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