I'm a dual US/French citizen. I've only rarely been to France, but I'm looking to change that next month spending a few weeks traveling around the country and the European continent.

Because of freedom of movement, I know I can arrive anywhere in "Europe" without the need for a visa, but in practice are there any countries that will be more difficult to arrive at? More importantly, given I'll be traveling around the continent anyway, so my location of arrival isn't particularly important, what are the cheapest countries/cities to fly to and from the US, that are connected to the rail system?

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    Any research from your side done, regarding your travel ? – DumbCoder Jul 18 '17 at 15:33
  • This question is on the broad side. Difficult in terms of what? Strictness of customs officials? Availability of ATMs? And which rail system? All the major transatlantic gateways in Europe except DUB have rail service, but not all have the train station in the terminal, and options vary across the full range— Metro, commuter rail, intercity service, high-speed, etc. – choster Jul 18 '17 at 15:33
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    If you have a valid French passport and the picture still resembles you, no place in the EU or the Schengen area should give you troubles. You are not asking for the privilege of entering. You are exercising your treaty rights. – o.m. Jul 18 '17 at 15:42
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    You can arrive in any EU country without "citizenship issues," assuming proper documentation, as you are an EU citizen. I don't see how we can answer the "cheapest" question. Airfares vary wildly depending on where you're flying from and the dates in question, and we don't know where on the continent you plan to go. You might want to see our question How can I do a “broad” search for flights?, which has some tips on searching for airfares under broad conditions like this. – Zach Lipton Jul 18 '17 at 18:37
  • @DumbCoder significant research, especially concerning travel by rail and legal rights. But travel in practice rarely goes by the book – TheEnvironmentalist Jul 18 '17 at 21:47

You can arrive in any EU country without 'citizenship issues' (i.e. without visa) on the basis of either US or French passport for a stay of up to a few months. Cost of living varies and you can research it. All countries are connected to France by rail (except Ireland). Cost of getting to France by rail is roughly proportional to distance.

That should let you work out the details.

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  • Some countries may act as a better experience for an overall experience on entry, for example if you fly into a non-Schengen participating country (e.g. the UK or Ireland), you end up having to prove entry eligibility twice - once for entry into that country, and then once more for entry into Schengen. If you flew directly into a Schengen participant, you have the potential for fewer immigration checks... – Moo Jul 19 '17 at 3:50
  • @Moo Presumably you wouldn't go through UK immigration if you booked a flight from the US to France via the UK, so it would be pretty much the same. A flight to the UK, followed by the train to France is a possibility, but almost certainly not the fastest or cheapest or most logical one unless you actually plan to spend time in the UK first, at which point passing through UK immigration is mandatory anyway. – Zach Lipton Jul 19 '17 at 3:53
  • I'm not sure that Greece is readily connected by rail to France unless you want to do a trans-European rail trip involving half dozen long transfers. Scandinavian and Baltic states aren't very well connected by rail with the continental EU. – alamar Jul 19 '17 at 10:51

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