Tours in the beautiful region of Touraine. If you hire a car there, then the whole of the Loire Valley and its chateaux are within easy reach. The city has some gorgeous parts to it and the locals, whilst proud of their near perfect French, are happy to welcome visitors to their fabulous city. Use our France mini guide
to help plan your trip to Tours and further afield to make the most on your trip to the region.
Here's what you should be aware of when driving in Tours, including the distance from the airport, tolls, and places of interest:
Roads: The roads in Tours and the surrounding region are generally well-maintained and provide a comfortable driving experience. Major highways and country roads connect the city to nearby attractions.
Tours is not known for heavy traffic congestion compared to larger French cities, but it's essential to be cautious, especially in the city center, where there may be narrow streets.
France has strict road safety rules. Make sure you and all passengers wear seat belts, and avoid using a mobile phone while driving.
Distance from the Airport:
Tours Val de Loire Airport (TUF)
is located approximately 6 kilometers (about 3.7 miles) north of the city center. The drive from the airport to the city center takes around 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
When traveling on some major highways in France, you may encounter toll booths. The specific toll roads can vary, so it's essential to check the routes you plan to take for toll information. Be prepared to pay tolls in cash or by card at toll booths.
Places of Interest:
Tours and the Loire Valley region offer numerous attractions to explore by car:
Châteaux of the Loire Valley: The Loire Valley is famous for its stunning châteaux, including Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chambord, and Château de Villandry.
Tours Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Gatien): A beautiful Gothic cathedral in the heart of the city.
Old Town (Vieux Tours): Stroll through the historic district with its charming streets, shops, and cafes.
Leonardo da Vinci's Clos Lucé: Explore the last residence of the famous artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, located in Amboise
, a short drive from Tours.
Loire River Cruises: Consider taking a boat tour on the Loire River to appreciate the scenic landscapes.
Château de Langeais: A well-preserved medieval fortress and château in Langeais.