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Chartres is in the Eure-et-Loir department (28) in the Loire Valley region. Its most famous sight is the magnificent cathedral which dominates the surrounding countryside. Go inside for some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in France which are explained in a series of panels. Take a pair of binoculars with you; the windows are high up and the stories that the windows tell are well worth seeing.
The city with its mix of medieval cobbled streets, gracious squares and old buildings is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to France and particularly those visiting the Loire Valley. The hotels get booked up particularly in the high season of July and August so book in advance. Summer has its bonuses; the buildings all over the city are lit up in spectacular ways. Don't miss the sound and light show on the west and south sides of the cathedral when the evening skies have grown dark. The little train starts and stops by the cathedral and runs through the town until late at night.
Paris to Chartres by Train
33 TER fast trains to Chartres station leave daily from Paris Gare Montparnasse (17, boulevard Vaugirard, Paris 15) taking around 1 hour.
Transport links to Gare Montparnasse in Paris
- Metro Ligne 4: Porte de Clignancourt to Porte d’Orleans Ligne 6: Charles de Gaulle to Etoile to Nation Ligne 12: Porte de la Chapelle to Mairie d’Issy Ligne 13: Saint-Denis–Universite to Chatillon–Montrouge
- For buses, see the Paris Bus map
- From Charles de Gaulle Airport
Air France coach line 4, every 30 minutes
Other connections to Chartres
Popular direct connections include Tours and Le Mans.
Chartres station is at 8 place Pierre Semard.
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Paris to Chartres by car
The distance from Paris to Chartres is around 90 kms (55 miles), and the journey takes a little over 1 hour depending on your speed. There are tolls on the Autoroutes.
For information on hiring a car under the lease-back scheme which is the most economical way of hiring a car if you’re in France for more than 17 days, try Renault Eurodrive Buy Back Lease.
If you're driving, check out the Road Advice 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).
Eurolines website for French travel
IDBus also operates between London and Lille and London and Paris. IDBus also goes from Lille to Amsterdam and Brussels.