To come on holiday to the Tarn, the Aveyron and the Tarn & Garonne, use the main transport roads, then rent a car or use the public transport networks to move around the outskirts of the towns. This large territory is mainly rural, so it would probably be easier to come and get around by car (or by bike for the bravest), if you are planning a holiday in the countryside.
We have detailed all the modes of transportation by department, to help you make the best choice of how to come to the Tarn, the Aveyron and the Tarn & Garonne.
To come to the Tarn & Garonne by train, there is a TGV line “Paris - Bordeaux–Toulouse”, which stops, depending on the trains, in Montauban. Practical ! You can also check the lines serving the town of Caussade and other small local stations, on the website of the TER of Occitanie www.ter.sncf.com/occitanie/depliant/recherche
The major roads of the Tarn & Garonne are the Motorways. The A20 from Paris, the A62 arrives from Bordeaux and goes towards Toulouse. There are a number of departmental roads of crossing the department and around Montauban and Valence d'Agen.
The major roads of the Tarn are the Motorway A68, which arrives from Toulouse and then transforms into the National Road 88 close to Albi. Castres and Albi are the two main traffic hubs then take you towards many departmental roads of the area.
To get to the Aveyron by the major roads, use the only motorway of the department, the Méridienne A75, which crosses it to the east of Béziers in Clermont-Ferrand and pass by the majestic Viaduct of Millau. The National Road 88, comes from Albi, crossing the department up to Rodez to then merge to the A75. The departmental roads are structured around Villefranche-de-Rouergue to the west, Rodez and Millau to the east.
In these 3 departments, the main roads are the departmental roads and the many communal roads, generally in good state, are used to circulate between the tourist towns and villages. Enjoy the traffic free roads beautifully bordered by nature and mountains in these high altitude regions.
The services of ride sharing (with special zones close to the main roads and public transports), car sharing and car rental between individuals exist ; check the dedicated websites. However, it is not the most reliable mode of transport to use to go on holiday, perhaps book these services for occasional trips once you have arrived.
In Tarn & Garonne, there are two main roads to ride by bike : the green way of the Canal des Deux Mers and the Véloroute of the Gorges of the Aveyron. The two paths are developed and secure.
You are coming by car and you want to go cycling ? It is easy to rent a bike on site and even to rent a trailer, so you can drag your things or your toddlers ! It is really nice on the canals where the road is flat and bordered by trees. For those less into sport, do not worry and enjoy your bike ride by renting an electrical bike !
In the Tarn & Garonne, runs the road of the Puy-en-Velay, also called the GR65 or also the Via Podiensis. It goes by Lauzerte, Moissac and Auvillar.
In the Tarn, you are spoiled, there are two main itineraries towards Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle running in the department : The Voie d'Arles (or Via Tolosana, 115km in the Tarn, Montagne Noire, Castres, Sidobre...) and the Voie du Puy (an alternative of the Via Podiensis, running by Cordes-sur-Ciel, Gaillac...).
In Aveyron, 2 sections of the GR65, the Via Podiensis, cross the department from east to west. Espalion, Estaing, Conques, Decazeville on approximately one hundred kilometres, it is a beautiful road, rich in History and breathtaking urban and natural heritage.