Photo credit (banner): Maxime Huriez / SNCF

Our guide to eco-responsible travel

Anyone can make a few steps to lessen their impact on the environment while travelling. Here are a few recommendations in order to travel responsibly.

Published on | Updated on

Reconciling our beliefs and our desire to travel

Traveling without bloating your carbon footprint entails changing your habits. But you just need to make a few adjustments to protect planet Earth at your own level.

Do you, too, want to travel while limiting your ecological impact? Here are a few guidelines.

Prefer close destinations

No need to travel the world in order to clear one’s mind. There are many gorgeous places in France: the Pink Granite Coast in Brittany, the Serre-Ponçon lake in the Hautes-Alpes, the Hérisson falls in the Jura mountains… Why not explore one of these marvellous yet little know regions instead of flying halfway around the world?

Ready to relax on a beach? Here are ten beautiful beaches—all accessible by train.

Check out our suggestions for rail-accessible beaches

Moreover you may get some discounts thanks to our INTERCITÉS offers meant for you to enjoy the cultural richness of France. 

Learn about the INTERCITÉS offers

The greenest transit mode

Did you know, in comparison with taking the car, traveling by train amounts to 25 times fewer greenhouse gas emissions? The train is indeed one of the cleanest modes of transportation. While 10% of the carriage of passengers and goods relies on it, the railway system is accountable for only 1.6 % of the global energy consumption and 0.6% of the global CO2 emissions. 

The “slow train” guide

In keeping with the “slow” movement, journalist Juliette Labaronne has just published a book in celebration of the little known TER and INTERCITÉS lines in France. Her guide is a source of ideas and itineraries for travelers eager to use little known train lines in France. It encourages readers to take their time and discover remote areas.

Learn more

Eat responsibly

Why don’t you prepare a picnic with some leftovers from your fridge ahead of your trip? Use your imagination and some of the food you were about to discard before leaving on holidays to create delicious snacks. You don’t have time to cook? Don’t worry, you can eat aboard the train while respecting planet Earth.

Our menus aboard TGV INOUI and INTERCITÉS include many products made locally and sourced from all parts of France. Some of them are certified organic. And we also serve vegetarian meals.

Choose ecotourism

First introduced by hippies travelling all around the world, ecotourism is becoming a global trend; an increasing number of people opt for this form of tourism and choose to go to areas where the ecosystem is protected. There is thus a growing number of hotels, lodges etc. dedicated to preserving the planet.

Thanks to the existing labels in France, it is now pretty easy to find an ecological accommodation, that is, a place where actions have been implemented to reduce the impact on the environment, be it the use and purchase of renewable energy, water conservation, waste valorization and reduction, etc.

Spending your holidays in the countryside, visiting the numerous regional and national natural parks, travelling by bike or doing a trek, these are also easy and simple ways to practice ecotourism. So what are you waiting for?