BY RAIL

The French national rail network SNCF operates direct trains to Limoges from Paris Austerlitz. The journey takes almost exactly three hours and many services are non-stop.

Arriving at Limoges you will be treated to the stunning sight of the 1929 impressive gare des Bénédictins is Limoges main train station (image by Adrian Doni).

If you are using the EUROSTAR to reach Paris from London, you will arrive in the French capital at the Gare du Nord. The Metro (Underground) connection to Austerlitz is easy and you do not have to change lines.  Take Line 5 in the direction of Place d’Italie and it’s seven stops to Austerlitz (Returning, you take direction Bobigny).

Worth knowing:

French trains are very smooth and comfortable and are generally more punctual, yet cheaper, than comparative services in the UK. They are consequently very popular and we advise you to reserve your seat in advance if possible.

Austerlitz is a terminus station so there should be plenty of time for you to find your seat, but on your return – if you have reserved a seat –  check the plan for your particular train at Limoges station, which corresponds to lettered sections of the platform, before your train arrives so that you know whereabouts to stand to be nearest your carriage.

Even if you have not reserved a seat, you will know where to stand to be next to a first or second class carriage.

COMBINING AIR & RAIL (via PARIS)

You can travel to La Croix du Reh quite cheaply using a combination of air and rail, which allows you to stop off in Paris en route. EasyJet offers a number of daily flights to Paris from Luton, arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport Terminal 3, which is a short walk from the RER railway terminal for services to the Gare du Nord. Stop off for a break in Paris or take the Metro to Austerlitz as detailed above. 

Worth knowing:

Terminal 3 at Paris Charles de Gaulle has been adapted for use by the low-cost airlines and has fewer facilities than Terminals 1 or 2. It used to be called Terminal 9 and not all the signs or information details have yet been changed, so don’t be confused. Terminal 9 means Terminal 3.

The Paris Metro is much cheaper than the London Underground, but it is an old system and showing its age. There are usually many steps to negotiate, even though you do not have to change trains, and if you are elderly, infirm or are carrying heavy bags you might be advised to take a taxi between Gare du Nord and Austerlitz.

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Address: La Croix Du Reh Bed and Breakfast (B&B),  23 Av. Amedée Tarrade, 87130, Châteauneuf – la Forêt, France

Tel: (0033) 555 69 75 37 or (0033) 661 73 42 11e-mail: lacroixdureh3@aol.com

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