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Prices are exclusive of travel costs since many clients prefer to drive. For those who wish to fly, low-price airline Ryanair operates flights (from £40 return) from London Stanstead, Liverpool and Nottingham to Bergerac, British Airways operates from Gatwick to Bordeaux. FlyBE flies from Southampton, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds/Bradford and Norwich, BMIBaby flies from Birmingham and Manchester. Eurostar/TGV via Paris or Lille is an attractive and low-stress form of travel and brings you to Libourne (about £100 return). Car hire is available from Bordeaux, Bergerac and Libourne. Having your own car will give you the opportunity to bring back quantities of excellent value wines!

Clients travelling by air can be met at Bordeaux Merignac or Bergerac, those by TGV at Libourne. Bergerac & Libourne are recommended.

The costs of these transfers are:

By Air

There are two airports locally that direct flights from many locations: Bergerac and Merignac (just outside Bordeaux):

By Car

The best access to France is by Eurotunnel, which has regular (15-30 min. intervals typically) drive-on departures from Folkestone. It takes 35 minutes to Calais. Then the route is via Rouen, Chartres, Tours, Poitiers and Angouleme. Driving distance from Calais is 525 miles, of which more than half is dual carriageway. Typical driving time 8-9 hours from Calais, motorway tolls about £20.

We can provide recommendations for overnight hotel stops.

By Train

The simplest route is via Lille. Leave Waterloo at 8.21 am, arrive at Libourne at 17.28. Fares from £110 return. Very relaxing, great countryside to see, the French TGV trains are superb. Return leaving Libourne at 12.28, arriving London in the evening.

Alternative is via Paris, it’s quicker, but involves a 30 minute underground trip. Opportunity to stay in Paris on either leg.

You can find the Eurostar website here.Their telephone number is 0990 186186.

Car Hire

Inexpensive cars can be hired from Libourne or Bordeaux.