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Tours, capital of the Loire castles

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Getting there You can get to Tours from Rennes, La Rochelle and Nantes. Best price and travel duration below.

From Paris 01:08 AU$24
From Lyon 05:40 AU$24
From Dijon 04:50 AU$90
From Rennes 02:58 AU$60
From La Rochelle 03:05 AU$57
From Nantes 01:36 AU$48
From Bourges 01:29 AU$37
From Alencon 01:39 AU$40
From Poitiers 01:02 AU$27
From Vierzon 01:07 AU$31
From Massy 01:13 AU$43
From Decize 02:57 AU$59
From Digoin 03:52 AU$71
From Beaune 04:28 AU$84
From St Germain Des Fosse 03:38 AU$72
From Moulins 03:01 AU$59
From Caen 02:48 AU$24
From Gievres 01:02 AU$23
From Mezidon 02:31 AU$58
From Orleans 01:01 AU$31
From Chenonceaux 00:26 AU$14
From Vendome 00:27 AU$21
From Port Boulet 00:29 AU$15
From Ste Maure Noyant 00:23 AU$14
From Montbazon 00:21 AU$14
From Langeais 00:17 AU$14
From Amboise 00:19 AU$14
From Blere La Croix 00:21 AU$14
From Esvres 00:30 AU$14
From Saumur 00:31 AU$19
From Angers 00:53 AU$29
From Le Mans 00:59 AU$27
From Loches 01:01 AU$15
From Chinon 00:48 AU$15
From St Aignan Noyers 00:46 AU$18
From Chatellerault 00:34 AU$20
From Montrichard 00:34 AU$14
From Blois 00:35 AU$17
From St Pierre Des Corps 00:05 AU$14

Getting around From Tours, you can travel to nearby cities and towns. Best price and travel duration below.

To St Pierre Des Corps 00:05 AU$14
To Langeais 00:23 AU$14
To Amboise 00:24 AU$14
To Montbazon 00:26 AU$14
To Blere La Croix 00:29 AU$14
To Ste Maure Noyant 00:32 AU$14
To Chenonceaux 00:34 AU$14
To Esvres 00:34 AU$14
To Montrichard 00:41 AU$14
To Port Boulet 00:41 AU$15
To St Aignan Noyers 00:55 AU$18
To Loches 01:05 AU$15
To Gievres 01:10 AU$22
To Vendome 01:12 AU$21
To Vierzon 01:33 AU$31
To Blois 02:49 AU$17
To Decize 02:55 AU$59
To Chatellerault 03:00 AU$17
To Chinon 03:01 AU$15
To Poitiers 03:15 AU$22
To Saumur 03:24 AU$15
To Le Mans 03:38 AU$27
To Angers 03:47 AU$23
To Digoin 04:03 AU$71
To Les Aubrais Orleans 04:12 AU$31
To Orleans 04:12 AU$31
To Bourges 04:13 AU$37
To Nantes 04:20 AU$35
To Alencon 04:23 AU$39
To Beaune 04:28 AU$82
To Nevers 04:54 AU$51
To Paris 04:59 AU$24
To La Rochelle 05:02 AU$46
To St Germain Des Fosse 05:08 AU$72
To Mezidon 05:21 AU$37
To Caen 05:45 AU$24
To Rennes 06:15 AU$44
To Lyon 08:25 AU$24
To Dijon 10:22 AU$77

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Tours, capital of the Loire castles

Tours is a French town located in the Loire Valley region in the centre of France. The region is well known for its wine and castles. Tours is home to more than 280,000 inhabitants and is well served by high speed trains. The TGV from Paris takes just 55 minutes to reach Tours. The town of Tours is known a city of art and history and it enjoys an exceptional place at the centre of the Loire Valley castles, in the heart of a region known as the garden of France. The region around Tours has one of Europe’s largest protected area of historic interest. This beautifully preserved mediaeval area contributes largely to the charm of Tours.

Did you know that Tours was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of France in the 15th and 16th centuries? Today Tours is a modern, lively and dynamic town with a important economic development. Discover the square in front of the train station where lilac trees from India are planted. Take the Rue Bernard Palissy which leads to Place François Sicard, site of the Musée des Beaux Arts, which itself is surrounded by a sumptuous garden. Just a few steps away is the impressive Cathedral where you will find old cafés and 15th century houses.

Tours is well known for its particular art de vivre, which includes eating and appreciating fine wines. In Tours you will find excellent restaurants, making the town a gourmet’s paradise.

Go to the Vieux Tours area (Old Town). This ancient city centre has now numerous shops and is a thriving shopping area.

Office de tourisme de Tours
78-82 rue Bernard Palissy, Tours.
Tel: +33 2 47 70 37 37

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Tours can be found.

Tours railway station(s)

Tours Train Station

Tours Train Station

Address: Place du Général Leclerc 37000 Tours

Opening hours: Monday: 4:15am to 1:15am
Tuesday and Sunday: 4:45am to 1:15am
Public holidays: 4:45am to 1:15am

Trains operating in and from this station:
High speed trains (TGV), Regional trains (TER), Intercity trains
SNCF rail agents, Facilities for disabled persons, Lost and found, Tourist Information Office, Toilets, Luggage storage, Wi-Fi Internet, Currency exchange, ATM and Public Phone cabins.

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Customer reviews

  • "Great train trip"    
    Everything went well. It was really good to have organised the tickets before leaving Australia. We will use RailEurope again in future travels.  
  • "Part of European trip"    
    Probably underutilised Eurail pass but convenience factor was main drawcard. Main issue was lack of luggage space, particularly as train was well patronised.  
  • "East travel"    
    Very efficient way of traveling in Europe. Easy to book and easy to board the train.  
  • "Great way to travel"    
    TGV trains are a clean, comfortable and inexpensive way to travel. Sure beats flying or driving.  
  • "Convenient Rail"    
    This was a quick convenient way to get from Orleans to Amboise.  
  • "Easy and convenient experience"    
    The train trip from Paris to Tours was all we hoped for, easy to book, easy to locate and relaxing on board. Would be great to have just a little bigger area for suite cases.  
  • "Fun"    
    Friendly and efficient staff on a good service  
  • "easy to book"    
    easy, convenient  
  • "Wonderful experience."    
    After landing in Paris in the early hours we took the TGV from the airport to Tours. What an eye-opener this was - superbly comfortable train, very smooth (no clickety clack), and so quiet that passengers spoke in whispers. It was a great experience seeing the countryside whizzing past as we travelled at over 200 kph. A fantastic introduction to the wonders of high speed train travel.  
  • "Fast journey"    
    The TGV station at Tours needs an update, the ladies toilet was appalling. The large window in the foyer area meant it was difficult to see the screens and train platform information. Need more lifts to get people and luggage up to the platform. The staff were very good and helpful. It was a struggle to get our suitcases onto the train, why is there a step down into the train? The seats were comfortable and we were impressed by the speed of the trip. Great way to travel if you only have a small amount of luggage.  
  • "Great trip, value for money"    
    It was a great way to see one of the hidden historical centres of France. The only problem was the infrequent trains along the line and no notice of cancellations. But still a great trip out to this fantastic destination.  
  • "Comfortable and clean"    
    No faults on this trip. Lovely train.  
  • "First Class Travel"    
    We booked and printed tickets from Australia for regional train travel and this was our second train trip in France. This was not the Metro train system. Both were easy. Train stations clearly indicated train numbers and destinations on electronic boards with platform numbers indicated 20 mins before train departure. Tickets indicated wagon numbers and seat numbers to locate our seats. Guards/platform assistants were available if you had any questions. Just make sure you understand where the stations are in Paris as there are several big departure stations in Paris for trains departing in each direction.  
  • "leg room"    
    In first class their was no leg room for you to stretch your legs out I would hate to be on it for mor than 1hr  
  • "Fantastic train trip."    
    On-time, clean, fast, no problems and very good value for money. Will be using it again.  
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