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What train to take from Avignon to Sarlat?

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What train to take from Avignon to Sarlat?

I'm having trouble finding a train to get from Aix/Avignon area to Sarlat without going to Bordeaux. Any ideas? Thanks!

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1. Re: What train to take from Avignon to Sarlat?

The reason is geography.

The Massif Central of southern France is not conducive to speedy transportation whether by rail or road and it is relatively sparsely populated. The immediate consequence is that the main railways - and autoroutes - connect the bigger centres of population by running round the edges of the massif, and local railways, where they still exist, that penetrate the massif are slow with sparse services and then only to the nearest big centre.

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2. Re: What train to take from Avignon to Sarlat?

France's rail system is also very much a hub-and-spoke system. Sarlat is most definitely a spoke, so you can't get there without going through a hub (i.e., Bordeaux)

Your only other option would be to go all the way back to Paris, then take the slow train to Brive-la-Gaillarde and rent a car (not a great option, but an option nonetheless)

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3. Re: What train to take from Avignon to Sarlat?

Thanks. I'll take it as a sign and skip it.

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4. Re: What train to take from Avignon to Sarlat?

Or make a sign and put your thumb out! LOL

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5. Re: What train to take from Avignon to Sarlat?

You'd need a car once in Sarlat anyway, and as others have mentioned, that's just not a viable train route, so either rent a car or abandon the idea.

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