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Arriving by train at Brive-la-Gaillarde or Terrasson

pick-up on arrival at Brive or Terrasson stations can be arranged. For all those arriving from any other direction but Bordeaux, Brive will be the preferred station as onward connections to Terrasson are not favourable.

For those traveling from the Bordeaux wine area and Bergerac, a pick-up in Sarlat could be arranged, but might involve waiting for a opportune time. '.

Please find links of information on other modes of travel (plane, train, coach) on our travel page.

Booking (early) through the SNCF website

The French National Railway Company (SNCF) operates the major intercity trains including intercity trains and the high speed 'TGV' trains. SNCF sells tickets with an allocate (guaranteed) seat number. Local train services are operated by regional railways like the 'TER Aquitaine' between Bordeaux, Perigueux, Brive and Terrasson.

Regional railways do not offer early booking nor do they offer a 'first class', which on some online platforms shows them as 'full' (instead of the more accurate; 'no early booking available, just walk in') which is confusing, but they are 'never full', no seat numbers are allocated or guaranteed, which in some unlikely 'events' may mean you have to sit on your suitcase.

Early booking online can be very favorable for the SNCF operated trains, when you just walk in to Gare d'Austerlitz and buy a ticket for the next train to Brive it will set you back over 70 euro, whiles booking 3 months in advance could land you a ticket for just 15 euro (not sure which train you catch; we had guest buying tickets for two consecutive trains, spending 30 euro, so still saving more then half).

The SNCF website:

The following useful apps canbe found in the Google Play, for your reference: - Train travel
Trainline EU: Billets de train

Paris Gare d'Austerlitz

Most guests will arrive in France at CDG and need to transfer to Gare d'Austerlitz train station. The most reliable way to get from CDG to central Paris is by train, which runs every 15 minutes from 5h00 to 23h45 from terminal 2. You will find the train by following the 'Paris by train' signs with the 'RER' 'B' logos. Take the RER B to St-Michel/Notre-Dame, then transfer to RER C in the direction of Massy-Palaiseau/Dourdan/St-Marin-d'Étampes. Any train travelling in this direction will have Gare d'Austerlitz as the first stop.

Alternatively, you can transfer from the RER B to Metro line 5 (orange) at Gare du Nord, in the direction of Place d'Italie to Gare d'Austerlitz; this metro station is just next to the train station. The ticket you buy for the RER B train from CDG to Paris covers this transfer so no additional fare is necessary. Keep your ticket to use in the turnstiles as needed to make the transfer.

There are lockers to leave luggage (Consignes) at Gare d'Austerlitz train station. Note however that the station will give a rather messy impression as it is being renovated and extended; work is not scheduled to finish before 2020.

Paris has several main stations: 'Gare du Nord' serves destinations to the North, including Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK through hi-speed trains. 'Gare de l'Est' serves destinations to the east, 'Gare Saint-Lazare' serves Normandy, 'Gare Montparneasse' serves destinations including Brittany, whiles 'Gare de Lyon' serves the French Riviera, Switzerland and Italy.

Alternative TGV through Bordeaux route from Charles de Gaulle International
If you would like to avoid traveling inside Paris and dragging luggage around, but prefer not to take the plane. There is an alternative, from the Charles De Gaulle Airport train station (underneath terminal 2), you can take the TGV (High Speed train) to Bordeaux, and from Bordeaux change into a normal (regional) train to Terrasson. The total travel time will be about 7 hours.

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