Getting Here

Getting Here

BY AIR

We’re around an hour from Toulouse airport which has good European connections and some flights from further afield. . Rodez and Brive are also an hour away and with limited flights within Europe. We can pick you up from the airport, or, if you’re flying into Toulouse, you can take a bus to the centre from where you can take a train either to Caussade or Lexos. The cheapest way to get here from any airport is to hire a car, but don’t forget to bring your own satnav.

If you have to fly in to Paris, the train (Paris Austerlitz to Caussade) is the quickest, most pleasant way to get here, but you can of course hire a car and drive (650km, 6 hours).

BY CAR

We’re best reached from most destinations via the A20 From the north exit at junction 59. Follow signs to Caussade from where you’ll pick up signs to St Antonin. As you approach town you’ll come down a winding descent into the gorge which will drop you on Avenue Paul Benet. Look out for a bar on the left called Gazpacho, park up as soon as you can and continue on foot; Sat navs have a nasty habit of directing you down roads too narrow for cars! Turn right just after Gazpacho down a narrow cobbled street called Rue de la Pelisserie, then right again just before the main square into Rue Droite. Saint Antonin Noble Velo is immediately on the left. We’ll give you a hand with your bags and sort out somewhere for you to park.

If you’re coming from Toulouse and the south, leave the A20 at junction 61 from where St Antonin is signposted. You’ll arrive in town as above.

If you’re coming from the north, Paris is best avoided because of the traffic.

TRAIN

The train is our favourite way of getting here. It’s especially good if you don’t want to drive but do want to bring your bike because there’s no need to dismantle it. Our nearest station with a direct service to Paris is Caussade, and Lexos is also nearby.

BIKE

If you have time, cycling here is fantastic. The riding is great whichever direction you’re coming from.  Contact us if you’d like advice on routes.

CROSSING THE CHANNEL?

We find the most civilised way to get here from the UK or Ireland is to use a night ferry with a cabin across the channel .  We’ve think the best route is Portsmouth to Caen simply because the journey time to St Antonin is shorter than from any other channel port.  At an easy pace with plenty of stops you’ll arrive in St Antonin for dinner.

Most sat navs want to take you via Paris which is always a really bad idea no matter which port you use – the traffic is terrible.  There are now good routes to St Antonin from all the channel ports without going through Paris.  Driving distance from Caen is 750km (460 miles) with a driving time excluding stops of around 7 hours.

A more interesting alternative is to get here by train. Take a morning Eurostar to Paris and after having lunch there, you’ll find trains direct from Austerlitz to our local station at Caussade. You can transfer between stations in Paris by riding across town, or by taking the RER to Gare de Lyon and walking across the Seine to Austerlitz. A major benefit of travelling this way is that you don’t need to dismantle or bag your bike, although you will need reservations for your bike. More info at seat61.com and captaintrain.com.