Getting Here

Click on the map below for directions.

By Air

We’re just over an hour from Toulouse airport which has good international connections. Rodez is also an hour away and is used by Ryanair, mostly in summer. From Toulouse, you can take the airport shuttle bus to the centre from where you can take a train either to Caussade or Lexos. We include free pick-ups from either of these stations if you’ve booked a course with us. If you want to take a taxi from Toulouse airport we can recommend Andrew who is very professional and English speaking

By Train

Our closest station is Lexos which has services from Toulouse. Next closest is Caussade (Tarn et Garonne) which has services from both Toulouse and Paris. If you’re coming from Paris, there are three possibilities. One is the slow direct train from Paris Austerlitz which runs once per day, although there are alternative indirect trains on the same route. The second possibility is the TGV from Paris Montparnasse to Montauban where you change for a local train to Caussade. It’s quicker than the slow train but only by an hour or so and is less scenic. The final option is the sleeper train from Paris Austerlitz. That stops at Caussade but so early in the morning, it’s best to stay on the train to Toulouse, have breakfast there, and take a local train to Lexos. Heading back to Paris, the times work much better, so there’s no need to go via Toulouse. Unless you’re happy to sleep in a chair, don’t forget to buy a couchette space. If you’re not familiar with French trains, it’s more straightforward to buy etickets on the internet. I use the SNCF app, but thetrainline is good too. We offer free transfers from Lexos or Caussade if you’ve bought a course from us.

By Car

You’ll probably arrive from the north on the A20 which you exit at junction 59. Follow signs to Caussade from where you’ll pick up signs to St Antonin. As you approach town you’ll come down a winding descent into the gorge which will drop you on Avenue Paul Benet. Look out for a bar on the left called Gazpacho, park up as soon as you can and continue on foot; Sat navs have a nasty habit of directing you down roads too narrow for cars! Turn right just after Gazpacho down a narrow cobbled street called Rue de la Pelisserie, then right again just before the main square into Rue Droite. Le Cheval Blanc is immediately on the left. We’ll give you a hand with your bags and sort out somewhere for you to park.

If you’re coming from Toulouse and the south, leave the A20 at junction 61 from where St Antonin is signposted. You’ll arrive in town as above.

We find the most civilised way to get here from the UK is to use a night ferry with a cabin across the channel . We’ve think the best route is Portsmouth to Caen simply because the journey time to St Antonin is shorter than from any other channel port. At an easy pace with plenty of stops you’ll arrive in St Antonin for dinner.

Most sat navs want to take you via Paris which is always a really bad idea no matter which port you use – the traffic is terrible. There are now good routes to St Antonin from all the channel ports without going through Paris. Driving distance from Caen is 460 miles (750km) with a driving time excluding stops of around 7 hours.

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