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Taking the train to Vierzon Rail Station is a comfortable means of accessing the draws of central France with the minimum of fuss. The station is a regional hub with Intercity trains from Paris Austerlitz and other major French rail stations. Local roads and motorways converge on the outskirts of Vierzon and provide easy routes to the cities of Bourges and Orleans as well as Chateau d'Amboise and the natural draws of Brenne with car hire.
Who to Book With
Avis operates a service kiosk at the station, while Sixt has an office a few minutes walk away on Avenue Pierre Semard. Hertz is among the other vehicle suppliers with a presence in Vierzon. An online search locates the best rates for all available rental vehicles on specific dates.
Best Time to Go
Summer in Vierzon is hot and sunny with the occasional rain shower. August is the busiest month and accommodation and vehicle rental rates rise to reflect demand. May, June, July or September are better months to visit. Temperatures are still well above the 18°C mark during these months and are perfect for explorations and al fresco dining.
Need to Know Essentials
When you collect your rental the suppliers will need to see these articles:
- Your national driver’s licence if you are a UK or EU resident
- Photographic ID, preferably your passport
- The debit or credit card you confirmed the reservation with
- A printout showing the reservation details and suppliers’ reference
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Vierzon is low rise and compact and is not difficult to drive around. There are abundant parking spaces in the town and, apart from Saturdays, drivers will have little difficulty finding one. Parking at the station car park and locations including Avenue de la Republique is charged, but there are free car parks outside the town centre. From the station, Avenue Pierre Semard links to roads for the A20 and A71 motorways which orbit the north side of Vierzon. The A71 junction for the A85 to Tours is slightly farther north.
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Central Vierzon is small enough to walk around. There is a selection of shops, cafés and hotels near the station which enable holidaymakers to use the locality as a base for sightseeing excursions by car. Public transport options for getting around are taxis, urban buses and local TER train services. The tourist office just off Avenue Pierre Semard has more details about local travel.
As well as Intercity train services linking Paris to Nantes and Toulouse, Vierzon Rail Station has trains from Lille Europe, the central arrival point for Eurostar trains from the UK. Local destinations served by both Intercity and regional trains from Vierzon include Orleans, Tours, Nevers and Chateauroux.
Le Vib runs bus services on town routes. The system consists of three main lines which intersect at the plaza 300 metres to the east of the station. There are also extra routes at peak times on weekdays. Single journey tickets priced at just over €1.00 (£0.85) are available on the bus. Tourist information sells books of 10 tickets for €8.00 (£6.80).
There are 12 different taxi companies in Vierzon. Some of them offer 24-hour service. There are usually a few drivers waiting at the station. Recommended companies include Alvarez Gerard (telephone +33 24875 8181) and Taxi Gendrier (telephone +33 24875 1866).
With a central location just two hours south of Paris, Vierzon provides the perfect start point for visiting ancient cities such as Chateauroux and Tours. Chateau d'Amboise and Chateau d'Valencay are among magnificent stately homes open to the public and accessible with car rental. Nancay Adventure Park and Brenne Nature Reserve are local attractions which cater for those who thrive on nature and outdoor pursuits.
Nancay Adventure Park – Nancay Park provides a range of activities and amenities to suit toddlers through to senior citizens. Zip-lines through trees and bungee jumping satisfy the yearnings of adrenalin junkies. A bouncy trampoline and a well-equipped children’s playground enable youngsters to expend surplus energy.
Chateau d'Amboise – The chateau is a fairy-tale like structure situated beside the River Loire. Rooms in the chateau boast period décor and furniture and are packed with artworks, busts and interesting artefacts. St Hubert’s Chapel is located on the grounds of the chateau and is the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci. The great artist designed an armoured tank which is one of the unique curios here.
Brenne Nature Park – A visit to this picturesque park provides the opportunity of enjoying activities including canoeing, white-water rafting and hiking. A large tract of forest in the park is home to eclectic species. The park’s herd of deer is of particular note. Species such as purple herons inhabit the bird refuge. A specially marked area on the Anglin River is ideal for swimming on hot summer days.