Tours, France is a popular destination – not only is it a wonderful town in its own right, with an amazing cathedral; it is also a fun place to set up camp while you’re out touring the castles of the Loire Valley. It’s also close enough to Paris to make it a quick day trip, for a change of pace from the City of Light. So, without further ado, here’s how to get from Paris to Tours!
Paris to Tours by Train
OK. This is going to seem confusing, but really it isn’t. You just have to do a bit of research at one of the yellow kiosks in any train station in Paris before booking your train ticket. Here’s why:
- Unlike most routes, trains from Paris to Tours leave from one of two train stations – Montparnasse, or Austerlitz. Make sure you know which one you’re leaving from – and coming back to.
- The trip duration can vary wildly – from just over 1 hour to well over 3 hours. The longer train ride is because of a lengthy layover so near Tours, it’s ridiculous. save yourself the hassle and take the direct route. You’ll be there in no time.
- Trip prices can also vary, but this depends more on the time of day than the trip duration. The good news is that there are a ton of trains per day, so see if one earlier or later than your target time could save you some money.
Trains really are usually the easiest, I swear!
Paris to Tours by Car
As you can see, it’s pretty much a straight shot – take the A3/A6/Périphérique/Porte de Bercy/Charenton to the Autoroute du Soleil/E50 (signs for A10/E5/Palaiseau/Étampes/Bordeaux/Nantes/Antony/Massy/Longjumeau) (yes, it will have ALL those names on the sign) and then stay on the A10 to Tours. It’s going to take you about 3 hours, though, and traffic in and out of Paris can be an enormous pain.
My verdict? Take the train – you can even make it a day trip!
While you’re at it, check out these other fun links to France and the Loire Valley: