How to get from London, the UK and Paris to Angers

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••• Quayside Scene in Angers. © JD BILLAUD

Read more about Paris and Angers in the western Loire Valley.

Angers is the capital of the Maine-et-Loire department in the north west region of the Pays de la Loire. It's a delightful city with a splendid castle surrounded by a curtain wall. One of the main attractions in Angers is the Tapestry of the Apocalypse. This extraordinary, huge tapestry in a dimly lit room frightens even today; to the French who saw it originally it must have had a very powerful effect.

there's plenty more to see in Angers: the mid 20th century tapestry of Jean Lurçat, The Song of the World, good museums and the famous Cointreau distillery. Just outside, Terra Botanica is a quirky, interesting botanical theme park. 

London to Angers by Air

The easiest and most convenient way to get to Angers from London is by air. British Airways now operate a regular schedule from London City Airport to Angers from March to October. The flight is just one hour.

Paris to Angers by Train

TGV trains to Angers leave from Gare Montparnasse in Paris (17 Boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris, 14th arrondissement) all through the day.

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.

    Trains go either directly to Angers Saint Laud taking 1 hr 29 mins to 1 hr 41 mins, or you can change at Saint Pierre des Corps, 4 km outside Tours, which makes the journey 2 hrs 20 mins.
    The Gare Saint Laud, Esplanade de la Gare in Angers is about a ten-minute walk into the center of the town.

    Other connections to Angers by train

    • 45 minutes from Nantes
    • 40 minute from Le Mans (same line as the Paris-Angers route)
    • 55 minutes from Tours

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    Paris to Angers by car

    The distance from Paris to Angers is around 296 km (184 miles) and the journey takes around three hours depending on your speed. There will be toll charges.

    Driving Directions from Paris to Angers
    From the center of Paris make for A3/A6 Peripherique to Porte de Bercy/Charenton
    Follow signs for Aéroport Orly/Lyon/Périphérique Interieur/Quai d'Ivry/Porte d'Italie and merge onto Bd Périphérique
    Take exit onto A6B towards A10/Bordeaux/Nantes/Lyon/Évry/Aéroport Orly-Rungis
    Take signs for A11/E501 Chartres/Le Mans/Angers/Nantes
    The A11/E501 will take you around Le Mans directly to Angers Take exit 14/15 to Angers Centre

    Cities near to Angers

    • Angers is close to Nantes, Le Mans, and Tours, all of which are connected to Angers by motorway
    • Angers is close to Rennes which is connected to Anters by the D94/D775
    • Angers is close to Poitiers which is connected to Angers by the E748/D761/D347.

    Car hire
    If you travel by car, check the Road Advice and Driving in France.

    Bus/Coach
    Eurolines operates from Paris to Angers three days a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The journey takes five and a half hours.
    Eurolines website

    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