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Arriving -- The SNCF runs about seven trains and four buses every day to Chinon from Tours (trip time: 45 min. by train; 1 hr., 15 min. by bus); the one-way fare is 9.90€. For schedules and information, visit www.oui.sncf or call tel. 36-35 (.40€/min.). Both buses and trains arrive at the train station, which lies at the edge of the very small town. If you’re driving from Tours, take D751 southwest through Azay-le-Rideau to Chinon.

Visitor Information -- The Office de Tourisme is at pl. Hofheim (www.azay-chinon-valdeloire.com; tel. 02-47-93-17-85).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.