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Blois is a delightful city in the western part of the Loire Valley. The imposing château dominates the town, its ornate interior giving some hint of the rich life of long-dead French nobles. It was also the place for some skulduggery as were many of the castles in France. to get the full flavour, don't miss the sound and light show that flickers across the four buildings around the courtyard every evening in the summer months.
Paris to Blois by Train
Trains to Blois leave from Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris (85 quai Austerlitz, Paris 13th arrondissement) all through the day. Trains go either directly to Blois taking 1 hr 22 minutes, or you can change at Orleans which makes the journey around 1 hr 45 minutes. The cost is from 55 euros round trip.
Transport links to Gare d'Austerlitz
Ligne 10: Austerlitz to Boulogne Pont de St-Cloud
Ligne 5: Bobigny Pablo Picasso to Place d’Italie
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Paris to Blois by car
The distance from Paris to Blois is around 159km (99 miles) and the journey takes around two to two-and-a-half hours depending on your speed.
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There are very few long-distance buses in France between Paris and major cities. The distances are long and the railways are relatively cheap. There is currently no bus service between Paris and Blois.
Driving Directions from Paris to Blois
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 A10/E5 Palaiseau/Étampes/Bordeaux-Nantes/Massy/Longjumeau
Take signs for A71/Toulouse/Clermont-Ferrand/Bordeaux/Orleans
Take A10/E5 to Orleans
Take E5 to Blois
Take exit 17 to Blois Centre
Loire Valley Connections
If you're here in Blois try to get to see more of the area. The compact town makes a great centre for trips up and down the river. If you like gardens you'll be spoilt for choice here; check out the Gardens of the Western Loire Valley guide. From late spring to October the famous Festival of Gardening takes over the grounds of Chamont-sur-Loire chateau; it's well worth a day's visit.
Blois to the Châteaux of Chamord, Cheverny and Beauregard by bus
TLC (Transports Loir-et-Cher) runs a round-trip summer tourist service between the châteaux of Blois, Chambord, Cheverny and Beauregard. If you take this, you also get a reduced entry price into each chateau of between 1 and 2.50 euros depending on the château. Buses run from Blois railway station at 9.25 and 11.28am and from those destinations back to Blois. The last bus from Beauregard (the furthest château) is at 6.23pm.
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).