go to content go to search box go to global site navigation

The Loire

Getting there & away

Aéroport Tours-Val de Loire (TUF; 02 47 49 37 00; www.tours-aeroport.com) is linked to London Stansted by Ryanair. A shuttle bus (€5) links Tours’ bus station with all Ryanair flights.

Buses operated by Touraine Fil Vert (02 47 47 17 18; www.touraine-filvert.com, in French) serve destinations including Amboise (€2.10, 45 minutes, seven daily Monday to Saturday). There’s an information desk (02 47 05 30 49; 7am-7pm Mon-Sat) at the bus station on place du Général Leclerc.

The regional train station is linked to St-Pierre-des-Corps, Tours’ TGV train station, by frequent shuttle trains. Trains run 13 to 20 times a day between Tours and Orléans (€15.90, one to 1½ hours), stopping en route at Blois (€8.70, 35 minutes). SNCF lines go to Angers (€14.70, one hour, eight to 14 daily) and Chenonceau (€5.50, 30 minutes, four to six daily) as well as various other local destinations.

TGVs travel to Paris’ Gare Montparnasse (€37.60 or €50.30, 1¼ hours, 13 to 15 daily), Bordeaux (€40.40, 2½ hours) and La Rochelle (€31.30, two to three hours). Slower corail services travel to Gare d’Austerlitz (€28.50, two to 2¾ hours, nine to 14 daily), Poitiers (€16.70 or €13.80, 40 to 60 minutes) and Nantes (€26.70 or €23.80, about two hours).

Car-rental companies include Avis (02 47 20 53 27), inside the train station; Europcar (02 47 64 47 76; 76 blvd Bernard Palissy); and Ecoto (02 47 66 75 00; www.ecoto.fr; 8 rue Marcel Tribut).