How to get from London, UK and Paris to Tours by Train, Bus and Car

Travel to Tours in the Loire Valley by train, bus and car

Tours Cathedral
••• The Cathedral of Tours. Getty/Julian Elliott / robertharding

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At the junction of the Loire and Cher rivers, Tours is known for its food and wine. It’s a good base for touring the region, particularly nearby châteaux to the east in lovely towns and cities like Blois, the house and garden of Clos Luce where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years, Chaumont-sur-Loire which hosts a major international garden festival each year from spring to the fall, plus the glorious gardens in this western part of the Loire Valley.

 

This being one of France's most popular areas, there's plenty of choice of accommodation. Book in advance for the best hotel rates and possibilities.

For different possibilities of accommodation in the area, check out the article on Bed and Breakfasts in the Loire Valley

Or try the Chateau d'Esclimont for a memorable stay.

Tours is well placed for trips to the western Loire valley floral town of Angers and the glorious city of Nantes. It's also a good starting point giving you access to the Atlantic west coast of France where a series of wonderful beaches as well as delightful islands stretch out. Don't miss the coastal resorts of La Rochelle, and Rochefort, the home town of the replica frigate, L'Hermione which was originally built for General Lafayette He sailed the small ship across the Atlantic to help the Americans fight the British in the War of Independence.  

Tours Tourist Office
Corner of rue Bernard-Palissy and bd Heurteloup
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 47 70 37 37
Website 

Paris to Tours by Train

TGV express trains to Tours leave from Paris Gare Montparnasse Paris (17 Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris, 14th arrondissement) all through the day. The journey takes from 1 hr 12 mins.

There are also TGV trains from Montparnasse that stop at Saint Pierre des Corps, 4 kms east of the town.

A shuttle bus goes regularly between the town center and Saint Pierre des Corps.

Metro lines to and from Gare Montparnasse

  • Ligne 4 – Porte de Clignancourt to Porte d’Orleans
  • Ligne 6 - Charles de Gaulle Etoile to Nation
  • Ligne 12 - Porte de la Chapelle to Mairie d’Issey
  • Ligne 13 - Saint Denis/Universite et Gabriel Peri-Asnieres Gennevillers to Chatillon-Montrouge.

TGV trains also go from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Saint Pierre des Corps, taking 1 hr 56 mins.

TGV Route Map and Destinations in France

For more information on travelling in France by train, check out the Train Travel in France General Guide

Intercity (TER) trains leave from Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris (85 quai Austerlitz, Paris 13th arrondissement) all through the day. Trains take around 2 hrs 50 mins.

Transport links to Gare d'Austerlitz

Metro

  • Ligne 10: Austerlitz to Boulogne Pont de St-Cloud
  • Ligne 5: Bobigny Pablo Picasso to Place d’Italie

For buses, see the Paris Bus map.

Tours Station, place du Gen. Leclerc, is south east of the cathedral district opposite the Centre de Congres Vinci.

Tours Tourist Office
78-82 rue Bernard-Palissy
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 47 70 37 37
Tourist Office Website

Book your Train Ticket

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Paris to Tours by car

The distance from Paris to Tours is 240 kms (159 miles), and the journey takes around 2hrs 30 mins depending on your speed. There are tolls on the Autoroutes.

Getting from London to Paris

  • By train (Eurostar)
    Eurostar between London, Paris and Lille
  • By bus/coach Eurolines offers a cheap service from London, Gillingham, Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gallieni. Six coaches a day; 2 overnight; journey time is 7 hours. The Eurolines stop is at the Paris Gallieni Coach Station, 28 ave du General de Gaulle, just by the Gallieni metro station near the Porte de Bagnolet (Metro line 3, final stop).
    Eurolines website

  • IDBus also operates between London and Lille and London and Paris. IDBus also goes from Lille to Amsterdam and Brussels.
    IDBus website