The regional capital of the Limousin region and the Haute Vienne department, Limoges became famous in the 19th century when it became the major city manufacturing high quality porcelain. It's an area for herding cattle; the herdsman's cape was called a limousine. The first limousine was built in 1902 and designed so the driver sat under a covered compartment.
It looked much like the hood the herdsman used to keep dry - and the name was adopted for an automobile.
Limoges is on the pilgrim route from Vezelay to St James of Compostela in Spain.
Paris to Limoges by Train
TGV services leave from Paris Gare Montparnasse, 17 Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris, 14th arrondissement, all through the day. However you have to change onto a TER Intercity train either at Poitiers (taking a total of from 3 hrs 39 mins) or at Angouleme (taking a total from 4hrs 42 mins).
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.
- For buses, see the Paris Bus map
Direct Intercity TER trains, without a change, leave from Gare d’Austerlitz, 55 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris 13 frequently, taking from 3hrs 07 mins.
Transport links to Gare d'Austerlitz
- 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.
Limousin Benedictins Station, Pl Maison Dieu, is just northeast of the center.
Limoges is also on the main international Talgo route from the Spanish cities of Figueras, Gerona and Barcelona to Paris.
Plan your Journey and Book your Train Ticket
- From the US, check prices and book online with Rail Europe
- From the UK, check prices and book online with voyages-sncf (formerly Rail Europe UK)
- TGV Europe Booking (in France)
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Getting to Limoges by air
Limoges International Airport is 10 kilometers (6 miles) northwest of the center.
You will have to take a taxi from the airport to Limoges railway station. The flat fare Monday to Saturday is 23 euros (per taxi, not pr passenger) or 31 euros nightly from 7pm to 8am and on Sundays. Departures are from outside the terminal at the airport and at the train station in central Limoges.
The following airlines operate at Limoges Airport
Ryanair operates from Stansted, Nottingham East-Midlands, Liverpool, Leeds Bradford, and Bristol
Flybe operates from Southampton in summer and all year round from Newcastle
Twinjet operates from Paris-Orly, Nice and Marseille
Air France operates from Lyons Saint-Exupery
Paris to Limoges by car
The distance from Paris to Limoges is 392 km (243 miles) and the journey takes around four hours depending on your speed.
The Paris to Toulouse autoroute (A20) has no tolls.
If you're driving, check out Advice on Roads and Driving in France
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).
QUIBUS also operates between London and Lille and London and Paris. QUIBUS also goes from Lille to Amsterdam and Brussels.