Travelling to Dordogne & Lot Regions

A combination of flights and car hire is the most popular way of visiting Dordogne & Lot from the UK. However with moderately sized groups, driving remains by far the most cost effective method. Typically the most expensive option, rail travel remains a popular choice for holiday makers.

Route planner

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By car

Including the channel crossing, driving to Dordogne & Lot typically takes 8-9 hours. Most people pass through Calais, Paris and Limoges en route. However there are alternatives, one of which being whether to leave the motorway near Limoges or Brive. Our visitors have suggested a number of routes and it’s advisable to consider the following factors when planning your journey:

  • Whether you are travelling in high or low season
  • Whether you would you prefer to take longer but avoid the toll roads
  • Which port you will arrive at in France
  • Whether you plan to break the journey up with an overnight stop en route.

By plane

Bergerac airport is ideally located for Dordogne & Lot holiday makers. Depending on your exact destination, the Airports at Toulouse, Brive, Bordeaux and Limoges are good alterntatives.

Ryanair, from London Stansted, Liverpool, Bristol and East Midlands. Visit

Flybe, from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds, London Gatwick, Southampton. Visit

EasyJet, from Bristol to Toulouse. Visit

By train

Although less popular, The Eurostar combined with France’s excellent rail network makes for a fast and relatively hassle free journey to Dordogne & Lot.

  • Paris to Périgueux (4 hrs)
  • Paris to Angoulême TGV, car to Périgueux (2½ hrs)
  • Bordeaux to Périgueux (1¼ hrs)
  • Toulouse to Périgueux (3 hrs)
  • Lyon to Périgueux (5 hrs)
  • Paris to Brive (4 hrs)
  • Paris to Cahors (5 hrs)