How to get to the Loire Valley

Travelling to the Loire Valley, France

Flights to Loire Valley airports, travelling to the Loire by car and how to get to the Loire Valley by train.

Taking Paris as your starting point, the Loire Valley starts around 130kms south-west of Paris and heads due west for a further 400kms all the way to the Atlantic coast.   Our Loire Cycle Tours are based at the midway point, near the beautiful town of Saumur and in the heart of Chateaux and wine country.

Remember, if you book either our Loire Valley Discovery Cycle Tour or our Loire cycling break we provide a pickup service from Saumur railway station to our cycling base at Le Gué de Ray.

The Loire Valley is easy to travel to by air, rail or car!

Flights to the Loire Valley

Getting to the Loire from overseas

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is normally your arrival point in France.

TOP TIP! – It is possible to travel directly to the Loire Valley from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport without going into Paris.

Catch a high speed train “Train de Grande Vitesse” (TGV) from Terminal 2 of the airport to Tours Saint Pierre des Corps and in 1.5 hours you will be in the heart of the Loire Valley.

If you are joining us on our Loire Valley Discovery Cycle Tour or short cycling break then at Tours Saint Pierre des Corps take a local train to Saumur station.

Flying to the Loire from Europe

In addition to Paris Charles de Gaulle, there are three Loire Valley airports which have services to destinations in the rest of Europe.

Airports in the Loire Valley

 

Tours Loire Valley Airport

The closest airport to Loire Life Cycling.  There are Ryanair services with London Stansted and Dublin airports.

Travel to Saumur can be completed by catching a taxi to Tours Centre train station and taking the train to Saumur.

Alternatively there are car hire desks and the airport is 1 hour from Loire Life Cycling.

Nantes Airport

The largest in the Loire Valley and has many services to the UK and continental Europe.

Travel to Saumur can be completed with a taxi/airport bus to Nantes station and taking the train to Saumur.

Again there are car hire desks at the airport with a journey time of 2 hours by road to Loire Life Cycling.

Poitiers Airport

A small airport 1.5 hours south of Loire Life Cycling.

Poitiers Airport has Ryanair services to London and Dublin.

There is no easy train transfer to Loire Life Cycling so you would need to hire a car at the airport.

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Each day started with a very tasty breakfast and ended with a gourmet meal prepared by Alison that in my opinion topped all dinners we had in France.

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How to get to the Loire Valley by Rail

Trains de Grande Vitesse (TGV) trains are the quickest way of travelling within France and to neighbouring countries.

Travelling by train to the Loire Valley you should aim for the nearest TGV stations, Tours St Pierre des Corps (TGV) or Angers St Laud (TGV).  

TOP TIP!  There are two stations in the city of ToursTours St Pierre des Corps and Tours Centre.

 

Transfer to Loire Life Cycling Holidays

From both of these stations you make a connection to a local train service to Saumur station, which takes 25 minutes.  We provide a minibus pickup service from Saumur station to our location at Le Gué de Ray.

 

Travelling to the Loire from Paris by train

The high speed trains to Angers St Laud and Tours Saint Pierre des Corps leave from Paris Montparnasse.  You can also take slower and cheaper trains to Angers and Tours from Gare Austerlitz Paris.

 

Travelling to the Loire from London by train

Travelling to the Loire from London involves taking the Eurostar from London St Pancras to either Paris Gare du Nord or Lille International.

Arriving in Paris Gare du Nord you cross Paris to Paris Montparnasse station and catch a train to either Tours St Pierre des Corps or Angers St Laudsee above.

Arriving in Lille International you walk across to the domestic railway station and catch a train to Tours St Pierre des Corps.

Check out the train timetables here.

Transfer to Loire Life Cycling Holidays from Saumur Station

For our Loire Discovery Cycling Holiday  we provide a pickup at 4pm.  At the end of your cycling holiday we drop off at Saumur station at 8am, enabling you to catch the first batch of morning train services from Saumur to Tours St. Pierre des Corps and Angers St Laud.

If our transfer service is not convenient for your travel arrangements, we can arrange a private taxi transfer.

 

Travelling to the Loire Valley by road

Travelling to the Loire Valley by road is easy, but you do need to use the Autoroutes.  You will pay a toll on the Autoroutes, but you would take all day trying to cover France on the old main roads!

 

Travelling to the Loire by road from Paris

By car, Loire Life Cycling is 3.5 hours from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and 3 hours from central Paris.

 

Travelling to the Loire by road from the UK and EIRE

All of the routes from the ports to Loire Life Cycling are on dual carriageway or Autoroute.

Eurotunnel

If you cross the channel via the tunnel we are 5 hours from the Eurotunnel terminal.

Car-Ferry

Crossing the channel or Irish sea by ferry we are:

  • 2.5 hours from Caen (Brittany Ferries – Portsmouth)
  • 3 hours from Le Havre (Brittany Ferries – Portsmouth)
  • 4 hours from Cherbourg (Brittany Ferries – Portsmouth/Irish Ferries – Dublin)
  • 4 hours Saint Malo (Brittany Ferries – Portsmouth)
  • 4.5 hours from Roscoff (Brittany Ferries – Plymouth)
  • 5.5 hours from Calais (P&O – Dover)

Travelling to the Loire – Advice and Assistance

We are not a Tour Operator so don’t provide packages that include travel tickets, but we are more than willing to provide advice on how to get to us at Loire Life Cycling Holidays in the most effective way.

Contact us

info@loirelifecycling.com

+33 6 25 81 98 51