With a 4 ½ hour train ride from the Austerlitz train station in Paris to Souillac , some feel that Dordogne is a faraway place that requires too much valuable vacation time.
Think twice… It would be a shame to overlook this amazing cycling destination! Taking a train from Paris is not the only way to get to Dordogne: with new air service from some European hubs to Brive airport and better service to Toulouse airport, travelers now have more time-saving choices than ever!
Flying to Toulouse is an excellent choice. Toulouse is serviced by all major European airlines from major hubs such as Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, or London. For more information on the airlines servicing Toulouse, make sure to visit the airport’s website at http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/en.
To get to Souillac, starting point of most of our self-guided cycling tours in Dordogne, simply take the “Tisseo” shuttle to Toulouse. This shuttle runs every twenty minutes and will take you to “Matabiau” station in about 40 minutes. The ticket costs 8 euros. You may view more information about this service on the airport’s website or on Tisseo’s website (in French only).
From “Matabiau” train station to Souillac, starting point of most of our bike trips in Dordogne, the train ride will take you less than two hours. You may view train schedules at http://www.voyages-sncf.com. To find out whether you can travel with your bikes on these trains, you may read our post about traveling with a bike on trains in France.
Considering that it takes only 30 minutes to drive to Souillac from Brive, flying to Brive is a highly recommended alternative!
More so now since new service to Amsterdam has been added: during the summer months, weekly service takes place between Brive and Amsterdam every Saturday. This is in addition to the regular service from Paris and London. More information can be viewed on the airport’s website at http://www.aeroport-brive-vallee-dordogne.com/en.
From Brive airport to Souillac, we can arrange your private transfer at the rate of 40 euros (only 20 euros per person if there are two travelers) one-way. This applies only if you book one of our bicycle tours in Dordogne.
Finally, if you’re considering spending some time in the Southwest of France, flying to Bordeaux will allow you to explore its world-renown estates and reputed gastronomy before getting on a train to Sarlat.
Whatever your choice is, the reward is huge… you’ll explore an area that is like no place else: medieval castles, prehistoric caves, and quiet roads will all contribute to making your stay a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Tags: Bike tours, bike trip, biking, cycling, dordogne, europe, flying, france, travel, travel tips