|Transport for Sarlat, Dordogne, France|
|The easiest way to reach Sarlat is by train or car, but some flights are available. Parking in the town is a bit complicated. Plan in advance!|
Sarlat-la-Canéda lies 175 km (109 miles) east of Bordeaux and 520 km (323 miles) south of Paris (map). Major flight and train transportation is via the town of Brive-la-Gaillarde, 55 km (34 miles) northeast of Sarlat (map).
Sarlat does not have its own airport, but two small airports serve the town:
The Aéroport Brive Vallée Dordogne, 42 km (26 miles) northeast of Sarlat near the towns of Nespouls (map) and Brive-la-Gaillarde offers connections with Ajaccio, Amsterdam, London, Paris and Porto. More...
The Aéroport Bergerac Dordogne Périgord, 70 km (43 miles) west of Sarlat (map), serves flights to numerous cities in the UK as well as some in Austria, Belgium, Corsica, Croatia, France, Italy and the Netherlands. More...
TGV trains depart Paris-Gare Montparnasse several times daily speeding to Libourne (3.5 hours), from which you take a TER regional train to Sarlat (2.25 hours). The entire trip, with the correspondance at Libourne, takes about 6 hours.
Gare de Sarlat SNCF
The train station in Sarlat is 1.5 km south of the Place de la Liberté (the center of medieval Sarlat). The Sarlat'BUS connects the station with the town center. You can walk to the center in 20 to 25 minutes, but it's not a particularly pleasant walk.
Parking in Sarlat
Three types of car parking in Sarlat: pay-on-exit, horodateur, and free. Here's a map showing the various parking places.
For most visitors, the most convenient (and expensive) car parking lot is beneath the big old trees of the Place de la Grande Rigaudie, on the SE side of the historic center only 300 meters (4 minutes' walk) from the cathedral (map). Because you pay-on-exit, you can stay as long as you like without having to watch the time as you do with a horodateur. However, you are charged for all time from 09:00 am to 12:00 noon, and 14:00 to 22:00 (2 pm to 10 pm).
Just northeast of Place de la Grande Rigaudie, Place M Albe is horodateur, whereby you buy a ticket for a certain amount of time at a horodateur (ticket machine), place it visibly within your car, and you must leave by the time printed on the ticket (or buy another ticket). This lot is also only 300 meters (4 minutes) from the cathedral.
In horodateur lots you are charged from 09:00 am to 12:00 noon and 14:00 to 19:00 (2 pm to 7 pm). If you buy two hours' parking at 11:00 am, the ticket will give your exit time as 15:00 (3 pm), because you are not charged for the time between 12:00 noon and 14:00 (2 pm).
Lots on the north side of the historic center such as Place du Marché aux Noix off avenue du Général de Gaulle (750 meters, 10 minutes to the cathedral), and Place des Cordeliers off rue Fournier Sarlovèze (600 meters, 8 minutes), are free of charge, but a farther walk from most points of interest...and uphill.