Nouvelle Aquitaine

Traveling to the Dordogne from the UK

This page was updated on: Thursday, January 9, 2020 at: 10:13 am

Destination - Dordogne

Traveling to the Dordogne from the UK is quite straight forward, as this superb region is located in southwest France.

The Dordogne and Vézère flow through the region.

The countless archaeological finds show that their banks have been inhabited since about 150,000BP.

The UNESCO listed the Vézère Valley as a World Heritage Site.

Known as Vallée de l’Homme, this stunning valley boasts 147 prehistoric sites and 25 painted or engraved caves dating from the Paleolithic.

Later in time, Dordogne was at the heart of the territorial conflict that opposed French and English during the Hundred Years War.

This untamed region has never really stopped attracting British holidaymakers!

Traveling to the Dordogne from the UK - Air travel information

Bergerac

The Aéroport Bergerac Dordogne Périgord is located 6km south of the city center.

Flybe operates to Bergerac from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Manchester and Southampton, Ryanair from Bristol, Liverpool, East Midlands and London Stansted, and Jet2 from Leeds.

Brive-la-Gaillarde

The Aéroport Brive Vallée de la Dordogne is located 22km south of the city center.

Ryanair operates to Brive from London Stansted

Bordeaux

The Aéroport Bordeaux-Mérignac is a less than a two-hour drive from the Dordogne, and is an excellent alternative as it is an international airport.

Traveling to the Dordogne from the UK - Ferry travel information

There is no ferry crossing to Bordeaux and you'll have to take one of the following crossings then drive down.

Brittany Ferries operates from:
- Portsmouth to Caen-Ouistreham, Cherbourg, Le Havre and St Malo
- Poole to Cherbourg
- Plymouth to Roscoff
- Cork to Roscoff

Condor Ferries operates a weekly ferry service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, from late May to early September, and Catamaran services from Poole and Weymouth to Saint Malo via the Channel Islands.

P&O operates regular crossings from Dover to Calais.

LD Lines - DFDS Seaways operates services from Newhaven to Dieppe and Dover to Calais or Dunkirk.

Traveling to the Dordogne from the UK - Car travel information

Here are the distances using motorways (with tolls) and/or dual-carriage ways from:

- Calais to Bergerac (873km), Brive (765km), Bordeaux (868km)

- Caen-Ouistreham to Bergerac (592km), Brive (587km), Bordeaux (617km)

- Cherbourg to Bergerac (698km), Brive (693km), Bordeaux (694km)

- Roscoff to Bergerac (741km), Brive (709km), Bordeaux (670km)

- Saint-Malo to Bergerac (603km), Brive (571km), Bordeaux (532km)

N.B. The speed limit on two-way roads changed on 1st JULY 2018.

Traveling to the Dordogne from the UK - Car Rental travel information

Aéroport Bergerac Dordogne Périgord: Avis, Buggs, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt

Aéroport Brive Vallée de la Dordogne: Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt

Aéroport Bordeaux Mérignac: Avis, Budget, Alamo Rent-A-Car, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt

Traveling to the Dordogne from the UK - Rail travel information

Eurotunnel links Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes.

Eurostar links London St Pancras to Paris - Gare du Nord in 2h20 or 2h30, with an average of 15 trains per weekday; gates close 40mn prior to departure.

You'll then have to connect on a TGV (SNCF) to your destination in the Dordogne.

Here's a list of sites to discover in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region

Troglodyte dwellings by the Castle of Commarque

October 18 2019

Commarque, an emblematic castle of Périgord

The ruins of Commarque, an emblematic castle that belonged to the barons of Beynac and lords of Commarque, are slowly restored after 3 centuries of oblivion
Marais de la Seudre in Mornac

September 23 2018

Mornac-sur-Seudre – France’s most beautiful villages

Mornac-sur-Seudre, former fishing and trading port in the vast estuary of the river Seudre, is today ranked among the most beautiful villages of France
Poitevin Marsh waterway

May 30 2018

Poitevin Marsh, the Green Venice

Poitevin Marsh, the second largest wetland in France, is known as Green Venice, a lush green marsh you discover by punts that gently glide on man-made waterways nestled under the tree canopies
Castel Merle prehistoric site valley

April 13 2018

Castel Merle prehistoric site in Sergeac – Dordogne

Castel Merle prehistoric site in Dordogne has been continuously inhabited for 83,000 years and boasts the highest concentration of prehistoric habitats in Europe

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