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Dec 11th, 2006, 08:42 AM
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Dec 11th, 2006, 08:44 AM
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Hi fun..I recommend Brive as a departure point for trains to Paris for people visiting the Dordogne. Although we ended up having to take a taxi to Brive from Domme due to unfortunate rental car problems (this cost about 80 Euro for two of us with our luggage) the drive is straighforward with minimal chances of getting lost. We did not purchase our tickets way in advance as we wanted to wait until arrival in Domme to decide which train to catch to Paris. Instead, we visited the Sarlat station (a bit tricky to find by car; not in the city center) three days before our departure day and purchased the tickets there with no problem. As you are traveling in peak season, you might prefer to buy on the internet; I suspect you will save money that way as well. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with while you plan your trip. I am glad you are enjoying the food report....stay tuned; hopefully I will finish it very soon.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 11:51 AM
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Hi ekscrunchy,

I know you have moved on (way on) to Rome and its delights, but which train from Brive did you end up taking? We would prefer to take the 9:30 but I'm wondering if this will leave us enough time to return the rental car as the rental office doesn't open until 8:30.
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Jan 24th, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Leely, We ended up taking the later train; I think it was 2pm or so. It came about a half-hour late. We had lunch in the station. We had car trouble but even if things had been fine, it was just too much with 6 people to have to clean up the house and leave early enough to return the car and get the 9:30 train. If it had been just myself and one other person, I am sure we could have done it but remember in mid-October it would have been dark when we set out in the morning....

Since I ended up taking a taxi to the train station in Brive, I don't even know where the rental car places are in that town....
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Jan 24th, 2007, 01:46 PM
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Thank you for your reply. I had forgotten about your burned-out (?) clutch--easier for me to do than you and your friends, I'm sure.

Very much enjoying your Rome report, by the way.
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Jan 31st, 2007, 04:24 AM
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As someone who lives about 40 minutes from Brive, I wouldn't worry about missing the 9.30 train with an 8.30 drop off. Brive isn't huge, and Hertz isn't far away. I think you can walk with no problem, even if you cant get a taxi.

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Jul 13th, 2007, 11:46 AM
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Does anyone know if I can take the train from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris, or do I have to catch a train out of Bordeaux?

I'm looking at the sncf.com site, but I'm a little confused if "Sarlat" is the same as "Sarlat-la-Caneda" and if "Bordeaux" is the same as "Bordeaux St. Jean."

When I type in Sarlat-la-Caneda and Bordeaux, they come up as Sarlat and Bordeaux St. Jean, respectively, when doing a train timetable search.

Thanks ... sorry ... not very sophisticated on this -- first trip to France!
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Jul 13th, 2007, 11:55 AM
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Sarlat is officially known as Sarlat-le-Caneda and Bordeaux is St. Jean, the name of the station. There is a branch line that runs to Sarlat but the trains are not too frequent. You will have more of a choice if you use either Bordeaux, Perigueux, or Brive as your departure point. If none of those are possible, you can certainly depart from Sarlat.
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Jul 13th, 2007, 12:05 PM
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Thanks much for the info.!
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Jul 13th, 2007, 02:20 PM
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If you will be close to Sarlat already, Brive really is the best bet. Closer to where you are and 4 hours or so to Paris. We did it last year no sweat.
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Jul 14th, 2007, 10:38 AM
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We were in the Dordogne in May, and took the 9:30 am train from Brive to Paris after dropping our rental at the Hertz office in Brive. When our hotel in Sarlat called Hertz in Brive, they said we could leave our car at a certain hotel (can't remember the name)across the street from the station, but we would not be formally checked in. My husband wanted to make sure to close out the contract and ensure all was in order so he dropped the car at the Brive Hertz. He got a ride back to the station from one of the employees...its a pretty long walk so make sure you leave enough time in case they can't drive you back. Or like I said you can drop the car at the hotel across the street from the station....just call and get the name.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 11:10 AM
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It's not necessary to go over to Bordeaux or Libourne to head back to Paris from Sarlat.
There are a couple of transports daily, from Sarlat-La Caneda to Paris (Gare Austerlitz). The first part of the trip is on a comfortable SNCF-operated bus which leaves from the Gare in Sarlat and takes you to Gare Souillac, where you will board the train to Paris. Entire trip is about 5h30min, and usually cheaper than the TGV. Takes about the same amount of time, or less, and is pretty hassle-free.
You can book the whole thing online by entering Sarlat-La Caneda as departure and Paris Austerlitz as destination. Or vice versa if heading south from Paris.

The bus portion of the trip will appear as "Autocar" on your train ticket.
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