Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Paris to Sarlat area--train or rental car

Jump to last reply

Hi all,

I have been looking into options and wanted to get some views. After 1 week in Paris (staying in the 3rd arrondissement) we need to get to our rental property in St-Vincent-de-Cosse (near Sarlat). There are no flights from Orly as this will be a Saturday. We will be with our 2 children (ages 6 and 8).

So we can either take the train or drive. The best train option seems to be the direct train from Paris to Brive where we can pick up our rental car. Or we could somehow get to Paris outskirts and pick up a rental car to drive from there (with a lunch stop in Loire area?).

Any views on what would be better with the kids? Is driving more scenic? Or train is better because of less hassle and we can get to gare d'Austerlitz relatively easily?

Based on other posts it looks like the 10 am train to Brive is best as it will arrive when the car rental office will reopen after lunch. I saw another routing via Libourne but it seems even longer (despite part of the trip being on the TGV). Mind you maybe TGV would be most fun with kids?

Lastly any tips on finding the cheapest fares? Booking directly on SNCF 3 months out?

Merci a l'avance!

13 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Driving through Chianti on Halloween - where to stop for lunch?
  2. 2 Student Visa versus Residence Card
  3. 3 Trip Report Our Adventure to the Southeast of England and London
  4. 4 What Three Nations Have The Friendliest People?
  5. 5 Trip Report Venice (Somewhere) and Trieste (Nowhere)—With a Bit of Slovenia In Between
  6. 6 Trip Report Mama Mia Italy!
  7. 7 24 hour layover in Paris (CDG)
  8. 8 Scandinavian tour - first time!
  9. 9 Ireland or Scotland
  10. 10 Trip Report Castles, Palaces and Caves-9 Days in Puglia and Basilicata
  11. 11 Need help with itinerary
  12. 12 Regensburg or Cesky Krumlov for Two Nights
  13. 13 Schengen Visa Question - Student Visa / Visitor Visa
  14. 14 Tickets for Buckingham palace, tower of London, London eye - online or not?
  15. 15 York (UK) railway station to Herz depot on foot
  16. 16 Christmas/New Year's Salzburg/Munich Opinion
  17. 17 R&R in Paris and a little more in the south
  18. 18 La Sagrada Familia
  19. 19 Trip Report Jamikins and Bikerscott Head Back to Le Marche
  20. 20 Aerobus from Barcelona airport to Placa Catalunya
  21. 21 Do I need train tix in advance
  22. 22 Help: Short visit to Crete
  23. 23 7 days in London in Dec with family
  24. 24 Schengen rule made easy
  25. 25 Best Berlin neighborhood for lodging?
View next 25 » Back to the top