Internet in France second home: which Options for Your Holiday Home in France

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Are you after an Internet plan for your holiday home in France? Look no further. Our guide to the Internet for a second home will help you find an Internet plan that is right for your needs.

You have several options for your Internet connection in your holiday home in France. Making the right choice will depend on your needs. Some questions to think about include:

  • How often do you need Internet access? Every day? Once a week?
  • Why do you want Internet access? For sending emails? For streaming videos?
  • For how long do you stay in France every year? Just a few days? For several months?
    • Our Recommendations
    • If you need Internet minimally/occasionally: share your internet data if a data allowance is included for France in your mobile plan, purchase data from your foreign mobile provider, use free wifi hotspots.
    • If you need the Internet at least once a day: consider a mobile data device ("Mifi device") 
    • If you are staying in France long term (2+ months): go for a contract-free Internet plan
    • If you live in an area without fibre or ADSL: consider a satellite Internet plan

Signing up for a contract-free Internet plan for your second home in France

If you are staying in France for a relatively long period of time and spend several months a year at your second home, you can sign up for an Internet plan with a French provider. Many providers offer Internet plans that are sans engagement - contract-free - allowing you to cancel your service at any time. Here are the offers currently available:

internet offers available on 15/07/2024
Offer Included services Price
sosh
Boîte Sosh Fibre
Valid on 27/06/2024
  •  Up to 300 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 300 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Free calls to fixed lines
  •  No contract
€15.99/month for 6 months
Then €30.99/month
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red
RED Box ADSL
Valid on 27/06/2024
  •  Up to 20 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 1 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  No contract
€19.99/month
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sosh
Boîte Sosh ADSL
Valid on 27/06/2024
  •  Up to 20 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 1 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Free calls to fixed lines
  •  No contract
€20.99/month
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red
RED Box Fibre
Valid on 27/06/2024
  •  Up to 500 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 500 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  No contract
€24.99/month
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free
Freebox Révolution Light Fibre
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 1 Gbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 600 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  230 included TV channels
  •  Free calls to fixed lines
  •  No contract
€29.99/month
Subscribe online
free
Freebox Révolution Light ADSL
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 20 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 1 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  230 included TV channels
  •  Free calls to fixed lines
  •  No contract
€29.99/month
Subscribe online
free
Freebox Pop ADSL
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 20 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 1 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  230 included TV channels
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  No contract
€29.99/month for 12 months
Then €39.99/month
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free
Freebox Pop Fibre
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 5 Gbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 700 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  230 included TV channels
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  No contract
€29.99/month for 12 months
Then €39.99/month
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bouygues
Bbox Série limitée Fibre
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 1 Gbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 700 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  180 included TV channels
  •  Free calls to fixed lines
  •  No contract
€29.99/month
📞  +33 9 77 55 72 27 Subscribe online

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free
Freebox Ultra Essentiel
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 8 Gbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 8 Gbit/s in up speed
  •  280 included TV channels
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  No contract
€39.99/month for 12 months
Then €49.99/month
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sfr
Box Fibre Premium
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 8 Gbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 8 Gbit/s in up speed
  •  200 included TV channels
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  No contract
€44.99/month
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sfr
Box ADSL Premium
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 20 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 1 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  200 included TV channels
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  No contract
€44.99/month
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free
Freebox Ultra
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 8 Gbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 8 Gbit/s in up speed
  •  280 included TV channels
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  No contract
€49.99/month for 12 months
Then €59.99/month
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If you're an Orange internet customer, you can also take advantage of a €9/month discount on a second internet plan. Orange does not offer Internet plans without a contract but this is an interesting option for second homes.

Getting Internet in your second home with a Wifi Dongle in France

Another option is to subscribe to a 4G or 5G box, provided there is good 4G or 5G coverage in your area. These devices can be connected to a cellular network (4G or 5G) and provide internet access for over 100 devices with the best deals. This means you can share your connection with family and friends.

Operators are now offering 4G and 5G boxes for sedentary home use. 5G boxes provide a very high-speed internet connection up to 1 Gbit/s. These offers are for people who are not eligible for fibre or ADSL. but may be suitable for a second home. The subscription can be cancelled at any time.

4G et 5G internet offers available on 15/07/2024
Offer Included services Price
free
Box 4G+ Free
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 320 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 50 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Monthly data : 300 Go
  •  No contract
€29.99/month
Subscribe online
sfr
Box 4G+ de SFR
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 300 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 50 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Unlimited data
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  No contract
€36.99/month
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bouygues
4G Box Bouygues
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 220 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 38 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Unlimited data
  •  No contract
€37.99/month
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orange
Box 4G Home
Valid on 12/07/2024
  •  Up to 300 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 50 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Monthly data : 200 Go
  •  No contract
  •  English helpline
€38.99/month
Subscribe online
bouygues
5G Box Bouygues
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 1100 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 58 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Unlimited data
  •  No contract
€40.99/month
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orange
Box 5G Home
Valid on 12/07/2024
  •  Up to 1 Gbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 100 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Monthly data : 200 Go
  •  No contract
  •  English helpline
€42.99/month
Subscribe online
bouygues
5G Box Bouygues + TV
Valid on 05/07/2024
  •  Up to 1100 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 58 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  180 included TV channels
  •  Unlimited data
  •  No contract
€44.99/month
📞  +33 9 77 55 72 27 Subscribe online

 Free Callback

Make sure to check which operator provides the best coverage in your area before purchasing a mobile Wifi hotspot

There are also Wi-Fi dongles with a prepaid plan:

ProviderOfferPrices

Forfait clé 4G Bouygues pour Hotspot 4G

  • Internet and calls in mainland France
  • TV with the B.tv app.
  • Parental control on demand
  • Prices of plans: 20GB at €16.99/month, 40GB at €26.99/month, 60GB at €42.99/month.
  • Price of the 4G key: €9.90/month with a 12-month contract or €59.90.

Forfait Internet Partout

  • Unlimited Internet in mainland France
  • 2GB/day in Europe and DOM (French overseas territories)
  • 130 TV channels with SFR TV app. 
  • Prices of plans: €3/day used or €24.99/month (50 GB of monthly data in 5G)
  • Price of the 4G key: €39

Coffret Prêt-à-surfer 4G

  • Internet in France, Europe, French overseas departments, Switzerland and Andorra
  • 4G AirBox 2 included
  • 10GB rechargeable included, valid for 1 month
  • No contract
  • Price of the plan: €59.90/month.
  • Top-up prices: 5GB valid for 14 days at €10, 15GB valid for 31 days at €25, 35GB valid for 31 days at €40.

Forfait Let’s Go (Orange Airbox S 4G+)

  • Internet in France, Europe, French overseas departments and territories, Switzerland and Andorra
  • 70 Orange TV channels
     
Prices of plans: 10GB at €14.99/month, 40GB at €24.99/month, 80GB at €45.99/month.
Airbox price: From €7.90/month.

What are temporary Wifi options in France?

Free Wifi Hotspots

There are free wifi hotspots in France. Here is a list of the best-equipped towns

Ranking of French cities with the highest number of free wifi hotspots
CityNumber of Free Wi-Fi terminalsNumber of inhabitants
Tours250294 000
Nice166952 000
Toulouse941 019 000
Grenoble54157 000
Marseille451 618 000
Poitiers4190 000
La Rochelle2477 000
Clermont-Ferrand14147 000
Nantes

8

671 000
Antibes

6

74 000

If your Internet needs are minimal and your holiday home is in or near a town, you may also be able to get by with public wifi. Restaurants, hotels, cafes, museums, and tourism offices are often good spots to find free Wifi access.

Some providers offer special pay as you go Internet plans for your smartphone, which may be an option if you have a French prepaid phone. Keep in mind that these Wifi hotspots are open to all of your provider's customers (and therefore less secure than a personal connection), and Internet speed may be slow.

Find more ideas for where to find free Wifi in France

Sharing a mobile connection by hotspot for your second home in France

If you have a mobile plan, you can also share your Internet data with another device (tablet, computer, etc). However, be careful about your data consumption. The authorised amount is indicated in your contract. If you use a foreign plan, the amount is generally lower than in the country where you have subscribed.

How to get Internet by Satellite for a countryside house in France?

satellite dish

If your holiday home in France is in a remote location where broadband is limited and you require a high-speed connection, it may be worthwhile to look into Internet by satellite, offered by Nordnet for instance. Nordnet is a subsidiary of Orange, which sells a satellite offer as well. There is another major player in this market: Starlink, a SpaceX subsidiary, offering high-speed Internet access for €40/month, with no contract.

Satellite services are used in the countryside, in the mountains or in areas where there is no access to fibre or ADSL. Some satellite providers offer satellite plans without a contract, which allows you to avoid paying for Internet access when you don't use it. 

However, be prepared for a fairly considerable up-front investment for the appropriate equipment: a satellite kit - which includes at a minimum a satellite plate, a receiver, a modem, and a means of attachment to a wall - can cost anywhere from €100 to €400. Subsidies from the French government are available subject to certain conditions. Find out more about satellite Internet in France in our guide.

Satellite internet offers available on 15/07/2024
Offer Included services Price
nordnet
Offre satellite Neosat Vital
Valid on 27/06/2024
  •  Up to 100 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 5 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Limited calls
  •  No contract
€34.9/month for 6 months
Then €39.9/month
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nordnet
Offre satellite Neosat Idéal
Valid on 27/06/2024
  •  Up to 150 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 5 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  12-month contract
€44.9/month for 6 months
Then €54.9/month
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orange
Offre Satellite Orange
Valid on 12/07/2024
  •  Up to 200 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 15 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  12-month contract
  •  English helpline
€49.99/month
Subscribe online
nordnet
Offre satellite Neosat Ultra
Valid on 27/06/2024
  •  Up to 200 Mbit/s in down speed
  •  Up to 5 Mbit/s in up speed
  •  Free calls to fixed + mobile lines
  •  12-month contract
€64.9/month for 6 months
Then €79.9/month
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