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Going to Tours

Travelling by air


There are two airports in Paris: Charles de Gaulle and Orly. After landing, you’ll have to take a train to Tours (see ‘Travelling by train’). In order to do this, you may first have to go to gare Montparnasse train station which is located in downtown Paris

Arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG)


There are few direct trains between the airport and the TGV station of Tours (see ‘Travelling by train’). Otherwise, you must go to Montparnasse train station (around one hour):

  • by Air France bus line 4 (tickets may be purchased on board)
  • by RER and Metro: take RER B, change at Denfert-Rochereau station for Metro Line 4 (direction Porte de Clignancourt) or 6 (direction Charles de Gaulle Etoile), and exit at Montparnasse Bienvenue station.

Taking the bus is probably easier.
(for further info go to http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport)

Arriving at Orly airport


There are no direct trains between the airport and the TGV station of Tours (see ‘Travelling by train’). You must go to Montparnasse train station (around one hour):

  • by Air France bus line 1 (tickets may be purchased on board)
  • by OrlyBus to Denfert-Rochereau and then by Metro from Denfert-Rochereau station to Montparnasse Bienvenue station, either via Metro Line 4 (direction Porte de Clignancourt) or 6 (direction Charles de Gaulle Etoile)
  • by OrlyVal until Antony RER B station, then take RER B until Denfert-Rochereau station, change for Metro Line 4 (direction Porte de Clignancourt) or 6 (direction Charles de Gaulle Etoile), and exit at Montparnasse Bienvenue station.

Again taking the bus is probably easier.
(for further info go to http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-orly/public-transport)

For information on RER and Metro lines, go to: http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_21879/visiting-paris/


Travelling by train


Please note that there are 2 train stations in Tours: St-Pierre-Des-Corps (the TGV station, 2 km away from Tours) and Tours station (for all trains, including some TGVs). Not all trains stopping at St-Pierre-Des-Corps also stop in Tours; please check prior to booking your ticket. There’s a train shuttle service between the two train stations.

Train tickets may be booked at http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/


  • Direct trains between Charles de Gaulle Airport and St-Pierre-Des-Corps: only a few per day (duration: 1h30).

Departure: Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport
Arrival: St Pierre des Corps (37) or Tours (37)

  • Direct trains between Paris (Montparnasse train station) and St-Pierre-Des-Corps or Tours by TGV (duration: one hour).

Departure: Paris (FR)
Arrival: St Pierre des Corps (37) or Tours (37)

 
Note that the SNCF booking page may offer lower rates but with longer travelling time (over 2 hours); in this case, trains leave from Austerlitz train station and not from Montparnasse.

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