Transportation Basics

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Transportation Basics

The regional rail line along the riverbank will get you to the main towns (Angers, Saumur, Tours, Blois, Orléans, along with 10 other towns), while some other châteaux are served by branch lines (Chenonceau, Azay, Langeais, Chinon, along with 20 or so other towns) or local bus. Occasionally, you may arrive at the rail station and need to invest in a taxi ride, if you can find one available, to get to the châteaux buried deep in the countryside.

The station staff can recommend the best regional taxi services, many of whom have advertisements at the stations. The downside of train travel is having to fit your visits within the constraints of a railroad timetable.

For some, that makes a hired car a particularly practical option. The N152, hugging the riverbank, is the region's backbone. Given the region's flattish terrain, hiring a bike may well appeal, too. There are also local bus services and coach excursions, notably from Tours.

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