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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 ₹ 1,211
From Lyon 05:40 ₹ 1,211
From Dijon 04:50 ₹ 4,520
From Rennes 02:58 ₹ 2,986
From La Rochelle 03:05 ₹ 2,825
From Nantes 01:36 ₹ 2,340
From Bourges 01:29 ₹ 1,856
From Alencon 01:39 ₹ 2,018
From Poitiers 01:02 ₹ 1,291
From Vierzon 01:07 ₹ 1,533
From Massy 01:13 ₹ 2,179
From Decize 02:57 ₹ 2,986
From Digoin 03:52 ₹ 3,551
From Beaune 04:28 ₹ 4,197
From St Germain Des Fosse 03:38 ₹ 3,632
From Moulins 03:01 ₹ 2,986
From Caen 02:48 ₹ 1,211
From Gievres 01:02 ₹ 1,130
From Mezidon 02:31 ₹ 2,905
From Orleans 01:01 ₹ 1,533
From Chenonceaux 00:26 ₹ 726
From Vendome 00:27 ₹ 1,049
From Port Boulet 00:29 ₹ 726
From Ste Maure Noyant 00:23 ₹ 726
From Montbazon 00:21 ₹ 726
From Langeais 00:17 ₹ 726
From Amboise 00:19 ₹ 726
From Blere La Croix 00:21 ₹ 726
From Esvres 00:30 ₹ 726
From Saumur 00:31 ₹ 968
From Angers 00:53 ₹ 1,453
From Le Mans 00:59 ₹ 1,372
From Loches 01:01 ₹ 726
From Chinon 00:48 ₹ 726
From St Aignan Noyers 00:46 ₹ 888
From Chatellerault 00:34 ₹ 968
From Montrichard 00:34 ₹ 726
From Blois 00:35 ₹ 807
From St Pierre Des Corps 00:05 ₹ 726

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 ₹ 726
To Langeais 00:23 ₹ 726
To Amboise 00:24 ₹ 726
To Montbazon 00:26 ₹ 726
To Blere La Croix 00:29 ₹ 726
To Ste Maure Noyant 00:32 ₹ 726
To Chenonceaux 00:34 ₹ 726
To Esvres 00:34 ₹ 726
To Montrichard 00:41 ₹ 726
To Port Boulet 00:41 ₹ 726
To St Aignan Noyers 00:55 ₹ 888
To Loches 01:05 ₹ 726
To Gievres 01:10 ₹ 1,130
To Vendome 01:12 ₹ 1,049
To Vierzon 01:33 ₹ 1,533
To Blois 02:49 ₹ 807
To Decize 02:55 ₹ 2,986
To Chatellerault 03:00 ₹ 807
To Chinon 03:01 ₹ 726
To Poitiers 03:15 ₹ 1,049
To Saumur 03:24 ₹ 726
To Le Mans 03:38 ₹ 1,291
To Angers 03:47 ₹ 1,130
To Digoin 04:03 ₹ 3,551
To Les Aubrais Orleans 04:12 ₹ 1,533
To Orleans 04:12 ₹ 1,533
To Bourges 04:13 ₹ 1,856
To Nantes 04:20 ₹ 1,695
To Alencon 04:23 ₹ 1,937
To Beaune 04:28 ₹ 4,116
To Nevers 04:54 ₹ 2,502
To Paris 04:59 ₹ 1,211
To La Rochelle 05:02 ₹ 2,260
To St Germain Des Fosse 05:08 ₹ 3,632
To Mezidon 05:21 ₹ 1,856
To Caen 05:45 ₹ 1,211
To Rennes 06:15 ₹ 2,179
To Lyon 08:25 ₹ 1,211
To Dijon 10:22 ₹ 3,874

Tours city guide

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.

Tours station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Tours.

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

  • "Paris-Tours"    
    excelelnt experience in the first class cabinet, comfortable, ontime, friendly staff...but it was mentioned that food and drinks can be sold at train and we couldn't find any.  
  • "Comfortable"    
    Soon and comfortable.  
  • "Wonderful experitnce"    
    We went to Marseille from Paris by TGV train. We enjoyed the experience on the train.  
  • "Very nice trip but expesive"    
    First the travel it self was very nice and fast but few things I can mention: 1) It is expensive, I pay 200 euro for four persons 2) For non french resident it will be nice add to details of the train station and how to get there. 3) the cabin (not the seat) is not well mark from the outside. Regards Tsemach  
  • "BAD LUCK"    
    Engine had a power problem and we ended up arriving later than next TGV. Cannot complain of handling of incident however.  
  • "Dreyers - June 2013"    
    I found the trains much more convenient than any aeroplane. Not as time consuming and certainly more comfortable.  
  • "very good"    
    St Pierre de cors is a small station but difficult when carrying luggage. It was not clear at which pier I should stand.  
  • "Getting to Bordeaux"    
    The convenience of the train was the clear and made the journey easier. It is now a far better journey than 15 years ago. Some stations can do with some to point out where to stand before the trains arrive and easier access to get bags up and down from platforms, but these are usually relatively minor matters.  
  • "Delayed but good trip"    
    They announced just before the departure that the train would be delayed by up to 45 minutes due to an accident/ person on the track outside of Lille. I would have prefered that they announced a new departure time so that people could get back off the train and then get back on when they thought it might depart. Apart from the delay everything else was fine.  
  • "Round trip Paris Tours"    
    Reservations a must. First class bookings very reasonably priced. Our trains were clean, comfortable and on schedule.  
  • "It’s got the Lot !"    
    I am a bit of a train lover [ reverts back to boyhood] without a lot of International exposure as my partner tends to want to get from A to B with max speed. The occasions I've used train travel in Europe I can only commend it to the highest level - fast, efficient, inexpensive, comfortable- it's all there. Congratulations on achieving what is as close to "excellence" as even the most discerning could expect.  
  • "Excellent Service"    
    Our train experience was excellent - highly comfortable and convenient (family of three, including a 7 year old child). The value for money is high, although a second class ticket sometimes represents even better value for money, given the price differential (the quality can fluctuate though).  
  • "Unnecessary Inconvenience "    
    SCNF trains had comfortable seats and were reasonably priced. Interestingly many coaches had seats facing opposite directions some forward some backward. We travelled light and found plenty of room for baggage. The train staff were helpful. We learnt from experience to get advice prior to leaving Tours because the SCNF train booking from Bordeaux to Tours had a change at St Pierre. The Tours and St Pierre Gare are only one stop and a few minutes apart. By the time you have sat down you are there. For us it was an unnecessary change because the train we were already on from Bordeaux went directly to Tours anyway. There was no need for us to change trains. When we left Tours for Paris the Accueil office advised us to get on the later Tours to Paris train and ignore the earlier booking for a change at St Pierre. This change for us would have been unnecessary as the Tours to Paris train stopped at St Pierre anyway. Taking the earlier train booking to St Pierre would have had us waiting at the platform for the later train that went directly from Tours to Paris.