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Loire Valley

by Train


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Loire Valley

from Montparnasse Paris



From Montparnasse you can get the high-speed TGV train to a destination in the Loire Valley (ie Tours or Angers for under 50 euros) either as your final destination or to pick up your hire car for further exploration. You can also catch a standard train over to Chartres. Your ticket can be purchased along with your Eurostar ticket or separately - it should be less expensive (as little as 20 euros) the earlier you purchase it.

When you enter the station from street level you'll find escalators and stairs leading up to the main stations plus access to the metro, lines 4, 6, 12 and 13. 



Journey times from Paris Montparnasse (TGV) station.


Tours: (**Saint-Pierre-des-Corps):1hour 15 mins. on the high-speed TGV train

           There are some trains that will take you into the main Tours' station - check on the SNCF site for these. 


Angers:                1 hour 40 minutes

Blois:                   1 hour 35 minutes

Bourges:              1 hour 50 minutes

Chateauroux:        2 hours 10 minutes

Chinon:                2hr / 2hr 30min

Orléans:               1 hour

Chartres:              1 hour 15 minutes by TER train


Chatellerault:         1 hour 30 minutes

Poitiers:                1 hour 40 minutes




Please Note:


 **Saint Pierre des Corps is just outside the city of Tours.(3.8km - not 15km as per the Eurostar website!) If you are heading into Tours itself you will find a non TGV train waiting (or arriving shortly) to take you there on your arrival. You can also pick up a hire car from here for onward journey to you destination. There are also trains that do go direct to Tours central station - when enquiring or booking on the SNCF site enter Tours as your destination. You will see some trains require a change at Saint Pierre des Corps and others terminate at Tours.


Although Chatellerault and Poitiers are not in the Loire Valley they provide good links into the Southern Touraine area of the Centre-Val de Loire region.


 You can pick up a standard commuter train from any of the above stations to other destinations within the Loire Valley, for example to Loches you would transfer to another train at Tours.




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"Author: Jim Craig"








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