Tours Tips

Tours – Tips


Getting there

By Car
By Train
CalaisA16, A285 hoursvia Paris (station change), then change at St Pierre Des Corps
4:12 hours
ParisA102:20 hoursTGV direct
1 hour
DieppeA151, A283:30 hoursvia Rouen, Paris (station change)
5:13 hours
Le HavreA283 hoursvia Paris (station change), then change at St Pierre Des Corps
5:09 hours
CherbourgN13, A88, A283:30 hours via Caen
4:30 hours
MarseillesA7, A47, A72, A89, A71, A857 hours via Paris (station change)
5:30 hours

Air: Tours has a smallish international airport (Tours Val de Loire Airport). Its route network is not enormous, but it allows you to fly to an airport that connects to more destinations.

Click here to access the airport’s website.

Ferry: Sorry, Tours is inland, so no ferries

Bus: There are several long distance bus operators going to Tours from different cities in France (and Europe). Click on one of the links below to see which departure cities are covered.

Flixbus Logo


Ouibus logo

Ouibus (also known now as BlaBlaBus)

Within Tours

Tours is a rather spread out city, however, the more interesting parts are contained in the “old city”. Many of the streets in the old city are pedestrian, or very narrow. There is an outer ring alongside the old city that is a pedestrian walk (covered by trees).

There is also a tram service, and several buses. There is even an electric shuttle bus.

Tours' tram
Tours’ tram

The network of busses and trams is rather extensive, and it will also bring you outside of the city. The electric buses and mostly used in difficult to reach parts of the city, and to bring people to park & ride areas.

Tours' electric bus
Tours’ electric bus

The network of buses and trams in the city is called FilBlue. You can reach their website to see more about the routes and prices by clicking here (in English).


There are some 430 restaurants available in Tours. Many of them are located in the old city, and are quite touristy.

There are no Michelin-starred restaurants, despite Tours being in a quite culinary rich area.


There are about 90 hotels and b&b’s in Tours. They range from hostels to 4-star Spa/hotels.

One hotel we stayed in, which we enjoyed is a 30 minutes walk to the old city. The hotel is called Hotel Chateau Belmont and is in a small chateau which used to be a Michelin-starred restaurant. Today the restaurant does not have a star, but is recommended by the Michelin guide.

Hotel Chateau Beaumont
Hotel Chateau Beaumont

The hotel’s interesting feature, apart from the spa, is that on its grounds you will be a senior citizen housing. The seniors mix with the hotel guest; on the grounds, in restaurants and in the pool. It’s actually a great idea.

Click here to access the hotel’s website.

Things To See/To Do

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