164. Chartres, France

Why Chartres, France?

Chartres is know for its Cathedral. Mention the name of the town and that’s the first thing you hear. It’s also within easy reach of Paris as a day trip or you can spend a day or two out there. It’s beautiful country and the town is very quaint.

Chartres, France - Chartres Cathedral

Chartres, France – Chartres Cathedral


Chartres, France is located just outside of Paris, southwest to be exact and just northeast of the town of Le Mans.

How To Get Here

By Train

The SNCF serve the region with service from Paris. Take the train to Gare de Chartres. You will be right in the city.

By Plane

The closest airports are in Paris, then take the train and bus combination out to Chartres area via the Montparnasse station in Paris. The airports serving Paris are: Charles-de Gaulle (CDG), Orly (ORY). While you can use Beauvais (BVA), it will take considerably longer. You should also check out Roissy-en-France when you’re in Charles de Gaulle.

The following airlines has service to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG):

Adria Airways (JP), Aegean Airlines (A3), Aer Lingus (EI), Aeroflot (SU), Aeromexico (AM), Aigle Azur (ZI), Air Algerie (AH), Air Arabia Maroc (3O), Air Europa (UX), Air Astana (KC), Air Austral (UU), AirBaltic (BT), Air Berlin (AB), Air Canada (AC), Air Caraibes (TX), Air China (CA), Air Corsica (XK), Air France (AF), Air India (AI), Air Madagascar (MD), Air Malta (KM), Air Mauritius (MK), Air Serbia (JU), Air Seychelles (HM), Air Tahiti Nui (TN), Air Transat (TS), Alitalia (AZ), All Nippon Airlines (NH), American Airlines (AA), Asiana Airlines (OZ), ASL Airlines France (5O), atlasglobal (KK), Austrian Airlines (OS), Azerbaijan Airlines (J2), Belavia Belarusian Airlines (B2), BMI Regional (BM), British Airways (BA), brussels airlines (SN), Bulgaria Air (FB), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Cobalt (CO), Croatia Airlines (OU), Czech Airlines (OK), Delta Air Lines (DL), EasyJet Airlines (U2), Egyptair (MS), El Al Airlines (LY), Emirates (EK), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Etihad Airways (EY), Eurowings (EW), EVA Airways (BR), Finnair (AY), flybe. (BE), Germanwings (4U), Gulf Air (GF), Hainan Airlines (HU), Iberia Airlines (IB), Japan Airlines (JL), Jet Airways (9W), Jetairfly (TB), Jet2.com (LS), Kenya Airways (KQ), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), Kuwait Airways (KU), LATAM (LA), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Luxair (LG), Mahan Air (W5), Meridiana Airlines (IG), Middle Eastern Airlines (ME), Montenegro Airlines (YM), Neos Air (NO), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Nouvelair (BJ), Oman Air (WY), Onur Air (8Q), Pakistan International Airlines (PK), Qatar Airways (QR), Royal Air Morac (AT), Royal Jordanian (RJ), SAS (SK), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Smart Wings (QS), SunExpress (XQ), Swiss Airlines (LX), Tarom (RO), Thai Airways (TG), Tunisair (TU), TunisAir Express (UG), Turkish Airlines (TK), Turkmenistan Airlines (T5), Ukraine International (PS), United Airlines (UA), Ural Airlines (U6), Uzbekistan Airways (HY), Vietnam Airlines (VN), Vueling (VY), Wow Air (WW) and XL Airways France (SE).

The following airlines has service to Paris-Orly Airport (ORY):

Aeroflot (SU), Alitalia (AZ), Air Europa (UX), Air Caraibes (TX), Air Corsica (XK), Air France (AF), Air Algerie (AH), Air Malta (KM), Aigle Azur (ZI), British Airways (BA), Corsair International (SS), EasyJet Airlines (U2), flybe. (BE), HOP! (A5), Icelandair (FI), Iberia Airlines (IB), Iran Air (IR), Jetairfly (TB), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Royal Air Morac (AT), Transavia France (TO), Twin Jet (T7), TAP Portugal (TP), Tunisair (TU) and Vueling (VY).

The following airlines has service to Paris-Beauvais Airport (BVA):

Air Moldova (9U), Blue Air (0B), Ryanair (FR), Volotea (V7) andWizz Air (W6).

By Bus

The area is served by OuiBus from the Paris-Bercy Bus/Rail station.

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

By Ferry


Where To Stay


==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

Where To Eat

My word, there are many places to eat around the city especially in the area around the cathedral.

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

What To Do


==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Here are some things to do in the Loire Valley in which Chartres is located. They are offered by Viator.

==>> Lonely Planet has some additional information.

==>> Trip.com has some additional information.

Chartres, France - Chartres Cathedral

Chartres, France – Chartres Cathedral

Additional Information

Language: French

Currency: Euros (EUR)


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Chartres, France - Cathedral

Chartres, France – Cathedral

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