About getting to Dordogne by Train
Travelling by train is perfect for those who want to sit back, relax and see a bit more of the countryside and the region that surrounds Dordogne.
The main stations of the Dordogne are in Perigueux, Bergerac, Sarlat-la-Caneda and Brive-la-Gaillarde. These are accessible from France's other major cities such as Bordeaux, Paris, Lyon and Toulouse.
Accessing the Dordogne area from Paris by train will find you travelling through central France to Brive, Bergerac, or Perigueux, all located in the Dordogne Valley. Once you reach the Dordogne, however, onward travel throughout the region by train can be fairly difficult. The train line that runs the length of the Dordogne valley does not stop at each town and you will find the trains infrequent.
More information on getting around Dordogne by train in our Local & Tourist Train Services Guide.
The Train a Grand Vitesse (TGV) is the high-speed rail network of France. Reaching speeds of up to 200mph, it's a great way to whip through the French countryside to your destination. The SNCF website has information for TGV and national rail service timetables. TGV train tickets must be bought in advance and there are a whole host of special offers available for families, seniors, and groups throughout the year. Tickets can be purchased online or at any train station in France.
Brive-la-Gaillarde, as well as the nearby city of Bordeaux, are both served by the Auto Train service where you deposit your car on the train and take alternative transport to your destination. Perfect for long journeys and when you want to have your own car when you arrive at your destination. Operated by the SNCF, time and days of travel vary throughout the year so it is best to check the website for an up-to-date timetable. Normally you will find that travel to Bordeaux is available daily throughout the summer months of late June to early September, and perhaps once of twice a week outside of this peak time.
Whether you're travelling with a single carry-on bag or several large suitcases, your luggage is a part of your journey. There is no restriction on the weight or amount of luggage you bring on board, however, if you are travelling with a bicycle then it should be no larger than 90cm x 120cm. If it is larger than this then you'll need to remove the wheels and pack them in a carrying bag along with the frame. Either way, your bike will travel for free.
A door-to-door luggage service is available in continental France, Germany, Luxemburg and Switzerland. The SNCF will collect your luggage from you and deliver it to the address of your choice the next day, allowing you to travel luggage-free.
Pets & animals
To ensure that man's best friend can join you on holiday, trains in France allow your pets to travel with you. With most rail providers, pets under 6kg in weight can travel for free as long as their bag or basket does not exceed 45cm x 30cm x 25cm. Larger animals may be permitted at an additional charge. You should check with your rail provider in advance. Guide dogs can travel for free.
You can consult TGV-Europe for all European train travel. The major Europeans cities are well linked via the European rail network.
If you are coming from the UK, Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train from London to Paris & London to Brussels, which travels via the Channel Tunnel. Not to be confused with Eurotunnel, the company which owns the Channel Tunnel whose car-carrying trains shuttle road vehicles across the Channel. Eurostar carries passengers, not cars. They now run a direct train from London to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille between one and five times a week all year round.
Eurotunnel provides a quick and simple method to get you and your car from England to France. From Folkestone to Calais in only 35 minutes, it is the fastest way to get across (or under) the English Channel. There are around four departures every hour - and as always you should book early to get the best rates.
Location: Dordogne Region