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With frequent intercity rail services from Paris, Troyes Rail Station provides a convenient access point for the historic delights of Troyes itself and the attractions of the surrounding Aube Department. A 13th century cathedral, numerous timber-framed houses, museums and gourmet restaurants ensure Troyes remains a favourite with tourists. Daytrip options in the locality with car hire include the nearby Orient Forest and the town of Aix-en-Othe.
Who to Book With
With an office outside the station on Rue de Ravelin, Avis is the obvious choice for a rental, but not the only one. The local Hertz depot is on nearby Rue Voltaire. Other rental vehicle suppliers working out of offices here include French national company Ada and Iter. Searching online provides the best daily rates for all the suppliers offering service at Troyes Rail Station.
Best Time to Go
The weather in Troyes between May and September tends to be sunny and dry. Temperatures are consistently above the 20°C mark and ensure visitors are able to enjoy sightseeing and the city’s al fresco café scene. If possible, it is better to avoid August because French people take their holidays at this time and the cost of accommodation and car rental shoots up.
Need to Know Essentials
The rental firm clerk will need to see the following documents when you collect your vehicle:
- A valid UK driver’s licence or an International Driving Permit
- Your passport or another document that confirms your ID
- The debit or credit card you made the booking with
- A printout of the reservation showing its unique serial number
Streets in Troyes are wide and not difficult to negotiate. The D610 runs around most of the city and provides access to regional roads and motorways. The junction of the A5 and A26 motorways is just south of Troyes. Both of these roads require drivers to pay tolls. Troyes has a number of car parks. The car park outside the station has a capacity of 120 cars. One of the larger municipal parking facilities is situated on Rue Claude Huez.
Our Guide to driving in France has further tips.
Troyes Rail Station is on several urban bus routes. There is a taxi rank immediately outside the station which is a useful option for those staying at city centre hotels. Although Troyes is car friendly, the main sights in town are just a short walk away. These include Ste Madeleine’s Church, the grandiose town hall and the Vauluisant Museum. Car hire is best saved for out of town trips.
The station is operated by the French national rail company SNCF. It has Intercity line trains from Paris Est and a TER service calling at Reims, Laroche-Migennes, Chaumont and Longueville. There are no urban train or tram routes.
Troyes has a good bus network. The rail station is on several of the routes. Most of the city’s bus routes converge at stops surrounding Place Alexandre Israel, the location of the town hall. TCAT operates the services. Single trips are not overly cheap and regular travellers are better off buying 30-day passes for €44.50.
There is a good choice of taxi firms in Troyes and most offer 24-hour service. Taxi Sainte Savine and Taxi Montaulin are two of the better known companies with reputations for reliability and promptness. Taxis wait at the rail station for arriving passengers.
Troyes is slightly less than halfway between Paris and Dijon. It is within driving distance of the ancient city of Reims as well as Fontainebleau and Epernay. The country routes in this region of France are dotted with imposing chateaux and rustic inns with outdoor patios. The UNESCO listed Fontenay Abbey is around 60 miles south of Troyes and one of the must-see sights for tourists.
Fontenay Abbey – With more than 120,000 visitors a year, Fontenay is fast becoming one of the most popular tourism draws in the area. St Bernard founded the Cistercian monastery in the early years of the 12th century. The intact architecture is a pleasing mix of Romanesque and Gothic with the cloister, dormitory and forge allowing visitors to imagines the lives of monks in days of yore.
Foret d’Orient – This one-time Knights Templar forest contains three man-made lakes which are surrounded by vast swathes of shade trees. The biggest lake, Lac Orient, offers angling, windsurfing and dinghy sailing. Beaches along the lake are ideal for picnics and sunbathing. Lac Amance is reserved for powerboats and activities such as jet-skiing.
Chateau de Fontainebleau – This royal chateau is rated as one Europe’s finest and boasts 1500 opulent chambers and beautifully landscaped gardens. Highlights include Marie Antoinette’s Arabian themed boudoir, the Napoleon I Museum and the Royal Elephant scene. The museum is housed in the Louis XV apartments and consists of magnificent artefacts, paintings, gold and silver objet d’art, and ornate furniture.