The fastest way to travel from Paris to Tours is to take a TGV (fast train) :
- Directly at Charles de Gaulle’s airport if you land there.
- From Montparnasse’s train station if you come from somewhere else.
Buy your TGV train ticket at a desk or a machine if you have a credit card. The ticket includes a booking which is compulsory when traveling on a TGV train.
If you can, buy your ticket in your country to be sure to have a seat int the TGV of your choice. Book you ticket a long time ahead, it will cost you less. www.voyages-sncf.com
To validate you ticket, do not forget to punge it before getting on the TGV : you have to insert the ticket inside one of the yellow machine near the docks.
If your TGV stops before Tours ( Tours’ train station is in a dead-end), get off the train at Saint-Pierre-des –Corps. From there, take the shuttle to Tours. It usually is on the same dock. The trip lasts 5 to 10 minutes.
How to go to Montparnasse train station ?
From Charles de Gaulle’s airport (CDG)
Take a direct bus : www.lebusdirect.com
- Terminal 1,stop is at the “arrivées” sign
- Terminals 2B and 2D, gate D14
- Terminals 2A and 2C, gate 10
- Between the terminals 2E and 2Fn gate 8-9
- Bus every 30 minutes from 6am to 10.30 pm
To take a taxi, you will have to pay for 55 € to go to Montparnasse train station.
From another train station in Paris, you can take the subway
Be neither pressed nor charged because you will have to walk a lot in halls of stations and also go up and down many stairs.
Look for the following lines: Porte d’Orléans, Châtillon-Montrouge, Mairie d’Issy or Charles de Gaulle-Etoile.
These 4 lines go through Montparnasse-Bienvenue. The name of a line corresponds to the name of the last station.
A taxi from any train station in Paris to Montparnasse-Bienvenue costs mote or less 10 to 15€. An small extra fee is charged for your luggage and for an arrival in a train station.
From Montparnasse train station to Tours
Buy a TGV ticket to Tours..
A return ticket in a second class costs from 45 to 90 €.
There are approximately 12 TGV trains a day going to Tours from Montparnasse.
Low cost travels
Take a regular train at Austerlitz train station (the journey lasts 2 to 3 hours), a « ouigo » bus or a « flixbus » bus !
Note that : Ryanair offers flights from Londres Stansted to Tours : www.ryanair.com
There is a direct TGV from Bruxelles to Saint-Pierre des Corps (Tours’ suburb)
If you travel by plane: www.aeroport.fr
Information concerning French airports, maps, timetables and airlines.
If you are coming from London: www.ryanair.com
Tours is 1 hour 20 minutes away from London Stansted. There is a daily flight from June to October. From November to March, you can fly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
If you travel by train: www.voyages-sncf.com
To check schedules, prices, to make reservations and to purchase tickets on-line.
To take the underground or subway in Paris: www.ratp.fr
By car: http://fr.mappy.com/
To find the quickest, cheapest or most enjoyable route between your departure point abroad and Tours. You can even find out how much you will need to pay at the toll booths if you take the autoroute! You may also find plans and hotel information for selected towns.
By coach to Tours: www.eurolines.fr
Taxis in Tours: www.taxis-tours.fr
Tours’ airport: www.tours.aeroport.fr/index_en.php
Do you need a visa? http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/france_159/entering-france_2045/index.html