Destination – Loire Valley

Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK
Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK

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

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.

Nantes

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.

Tours

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:

Calais to Nantes (600km), Angers (513km), and Tours (524km)

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)

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

Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK – Car Rental travel information

Aéroport Angers Loire: Avis, Enterprise, Europcar

Aéroport Nantes Atlantique: Avis Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt

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.

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) from Gare Montparnasse (station) to your destination in the Loire Valley.

Here’s a list of châteaux to visit in the pays de la Loire and Centre Val de Loire

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