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Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK
Destination - Loire Valley
Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK is easy by means of air, sea and land!
The Loire Valley is a magnificent French region, renowned for its mild climate and soft light.
It is also known as the Vallée Royale - Royal Valley for the splendid châteaux built by the kings during the French Renaissance.
Its proximity to the UK makes it a prime destination for British holidaymakers, either for weekends, short breaks or summer holidays.
Here are the links to the various official sites you'll need:
Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK - Air travel information
Angers Loire Aéroport is located 25km north-east of Angers.
British Airways operates to Angers from London City.
A regular bus service operated by Anjou Bus (Line 2) links the airport to the city center.
The Aéroport Nantes Atlantique is located 11km south of the city.
Aer Lingus operates to Nantes from Dublin, Flybe from Southampton and Manchester, Ryanair from Dublin, Easy Jet from London Gatwick and Liverpool, City Jet from London City, BMI Regional from Bristol, and Air France from London Gatwick.
The shuttle 'Navette aéroport' links the airport to the city center and train station every 20 minutes.
The Aéroport Tours Val de Loire is located 4km north of Tours.
Ryanair operates to Tours from London Stansted and Dublin.
A 'navette' shuttle bus service, scheduled with the Ryanair flights, links the airport to the city center (6.50€ one way per person).
Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK - Ferry travel information
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.
You can compare ferries prices on aferry.co.uk
Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK - Car travel information
Here are the distances using motorways (with tolls) and/or dual-carriage ways from:
- Caen-Ouistreham to Nantes (305km), Angers (261km), and Tours (272km)
- Cherbourg to Nantes (339km), Angers (372km), and Tours (382km)
- Roscoff to Nantes (316km), Angers (335km), and Tours (465km)
- Saint-Malo to Nantes (179km), Angers (198km), and Tours (322km)
Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK - Car Rental travel information
Aéroport Angers Loire: Avis, Enterprise, Europcar
Aéroport Tours Val de Loire: Avis, Citer, Europcar, Hertz
Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK - Rail travel information
Eurotunnel links Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes.