Destination – Limousin

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Limousin is a quintessential region in Central France, known for its lush green countryside, rivers, rolling hills and forests.

Its capital, Limoges, is world famous for its fine porcelain and for being the birthplace of the Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

The creation of the Regional Natural Park Périgord Limousin and Millevaches Regional Park in Limousin has, in the past few years, initiated the development of cultural tourism and eco-tourism.

Traveling to Limousin from the UK is easy.

Here are the links to the various official sites you’ll need:

Traveling to Limousin from the UK – Air travel information

Limoges

The Aéroport International de Limoges is located 10.5km north-west of the city center.

The airport has signed an agreement with Allo Artisans Limoges Taxis and the SNCF in order to offer a single rate transfer. See details.

Flybe operates from Southampton to Limoges

Ryanair operates from Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool and London Stansted to Limoges

Brive-la-Gaillarde

The Aéroport Brive Vallée de la Dordogne is located 22km south of the city center.

Ryanair operates from London Stansted to Brive

Traveling to Limousin from the UK – Ferry travel information

Brittany Ferries operates from:
– Portsmouth to Caen-Ouistreham, Cherbourg, Le Havre and St Malo
– Poole to Cherbourg
– Plymouth to Roscoff
– Cork to Roscoff

Condor Ferries operates a weekly ferry service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, from late May to early September, and Catamaran services from Poole and Weymouth to Saint Malo via the Channel Islands.

P&O operates regular crossings from Dover to Calais.

LD Lines – DFDS Seaways operates services from Newhaven to Dieppe and Dover to Calais or Dunkirk.

You can compare ferry prices on aferry.co.uk

Traveling to Limousin from the UK – Car travel information

Here are the distances using motorways (with tolls) and/or dual-carriage ways from:

– Saint-Malo to Limoges (510km), Brive-la-Gaillarde (649km)

– Caen-Ouistreham to Limoges (510km), Brive-la-Gaillarde (599km)

– Calais to Limoges (688km), Brive-la-Gaillarde (777km)

– Cherbourg to Limoges (619km), Brive-la-Gaillarde (708km)

– Roscoff to Limoges (647km), Brive-la-Gaillarde (741km)

Traveling to Limousin from the UK – Car Rental travel information

Aéroport International de Limoges: Avis, Buggs, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise

Aéroport Brive Vallée de la Dordogne: Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt

Traveling to Limousin from the UK – Rail travel information

Eurotunnel links Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes.

Eurostar links London St Pancras to Paris – Gare du Nord in 2h20 or 2h30, with an average of 15 trains per weekday; gates close 40mn prior to departure.

You’ll then have to connect on a TGV (SNCF) from Gare d’Austerlitz (station) to your destination in Limousin.

Here’s a list of sites of interest in Limousin

Map of Limousin

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