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Overview

Tours, capital of the Loire castles

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.

About France


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.

Train Station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Tours can be found.

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    Quick trip, clean wagon |
    "Comfortable enough for 2-nd class, clean, quiet. Nice personnel "

  • TGV Train trip  |
    "Travelled on the TGV from Montparnasse to Tours last month and the whole experience was great. I would recommend travelling and using TGV in France as the trip was comfortable. Trains on time and the whole eperience excellent. I needed to get to and from airports in Paris and the trains were on time. The cost of the ticket was not prohibitive either. All in all it was an excellent experience "

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    Comletely satisfied. |
    "Good price. Convinient. On-time "

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    Pleasant to say the least |
    "Punctual and clean "

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    france by train amazing |
    "My wife and i travelled to tours by train from Paris. We went for a few days to the loire valley near vouvraz. It was really amazing to travel by the tgv on our way out and the intercity ou our way in. It was comfortable, stress free and enjoyable. Only a mobile cart of food and drink can be incorporated for us tourists for wine and beer. Three cheers for rail europe. Mahesh Gidwani "

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    The TGV to Tours |
    "As a foreigner I was expecting difficulty making my reservations. I found the website was available in English and very easy to use. When I go to the station everything was very clearly identified and we had no difficulty In finding our coach and our seats. I wish we had trains like this in the USA, but the distances are much larger here and we are too far behind in building a rail system. "

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    Paris to Tours |
    "We enjoyed a pleasant, hassle free trip where all went according to schedule! "

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    Train to Lausanne  |
    "Fast trip because the two cities are near each other. We moved to Lausanne because we had to take another train very early next morning. If not we would stay at Montreux. "

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    Comfortable Journey |
    "Very comfortable journey but the waiting time of trains at the station is less. So, people with lot of luggage should very plan and take into consideration the same. "

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    Tours to Paris |
    "Train was very comfortable, on-time, clean. Very quick train ride from Tours to Paris. Maybe an hour? It was my error: But I mistakingly printed out my email confirmation (instead of the actual ticket) and this caused confusion and a bit of caos at the Tours Train Station. So: don't make the same mistake! Print your tickets before you leave from your home base. It pretty much can not be done at the train station. "

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