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London to Tours by train
Fastest journey4hr 37m
Trains per day11
Avg. journey time5hr 28m
Travelling from London to Tours by train
Fast trains from London to Tours take around 4 hours and 37 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 463 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Tours.
1. Are there direct trains from London to Tours?
Journeys between London and Tours usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 21 departures on the route from London to Tours every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 19 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from London to Tours?
The London to Tours train travel time is normally about 4 hours and 37 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the London to Tours train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Tours is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 18:31. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 18:31.
What's the London to Tours train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Tours are $114.54.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $168 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $141. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book London to Tours train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Tours by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Tours?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Tours, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Train Express Regional
- Train Inter Regional
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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Eurostar & TGV
It is a very easy journey by train from London to Tours in the Loire Valley region of France. The route with the best choice of departures is via Paris, where a change of stations is required.
The journey from London to Tours starts with a high-speed run on Eurostar from London to Paris. Then you take the Métro to Montparnasse, connecting there onto a French TGV train direct to Tours.
If you don’t like the idea of changing stations in Paris, there are alternative routes from London to Tours via either Lille Europe or Marne la Vallée-Chessy – these options may take a little longer but you avoid the cross-city transfer in Paris.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Montparnasse
Cross Paris by Métro from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse. To do so, head underground and follow the signs from the Eurostar platform to Métro line 4. Take the Métro in the direction of Porte d'Orléans or Mairie de Montrouge, which will get you straight to Montparnasse Bienvenüe in about 25 minutes. You should note that there's a 700m walk, along a moving walkway and up stairs and escalators, between the Métro at Montparnasse and the mainline station. We recommend allowing at least 45mins for the entire transfer.
If you arrive at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Métro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Tours
There are about 15 high-speed TGVs each day from Paris Montparnasse to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, a modern station just 3 kilometres from Tours city centre. About half of these trains then continue from Saint-Pierre-des-Corps to the city-centre station, taking just five minutes for that final short hop.
The fastest trains run non-stop from Paris to Tours Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, taking just one hour for the 221-kilometre journey. Some trains make one or two stops along the way, adding about ten minutes to the journey time. If the train you are on does not run on beyond St-Pierre-des-Corps to the city centre station, don’t worry. There’s a regular local train which shuttles between the two stations.
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