Kakking, I thought you might want this further information from my guidebook in case you decide to stay in Amboise or Blois which are 20 minutes apart by train.
“By Bus to: Chenonceaux (1-2/day, Mon-Sat only, none on Sun, 20 minutes, one-way-€1.20; departs Amboise about 9:45, returns from Chenonceaux at about 12:15, allowing you about an hour and 20 minutes at the château; in summer, there’s also an afternoon departure at about 15:00, with a return from Chenonceaux at about 17:20; confirm times with the TI; the Amboise stop—called Théâtre—is between Place St. Denis and the river on the west side of Avenue des Martyrs de la Résistance, across from the Théâtre de Beaumarchais; in Chenonceaux, the bus stops across the street from the TI and at the château; tel. 02 47 05 30 49, www.tourainefilvert.com—click “Horaires,” “Toutes les Lignes du Réseau,” then “line C”); Tours (8/day Mon-Sat, none on Sun, buses are cheaper than trains—about €2.50).
By Shuttle Van to Chenonceaux, Chambord, and Cheverny: Quart de Tours runs two round-trips per day (high season only) between Amboise and Chenonceaux (€15 round-trip, €10 one-way, includes €2.50 discount for château, 15-minute trip), and an afternoon excursion trip from Amboise to Chambord and Cheverny (€34, allow four hours). Book ahead, as seats are limited (mobile 06 30 65 52 01, www.quartdetours.com). Touraine Evasion runs a similar service combining Chambord and Chenonceaux (mobile 06 07 39 13 31, www.tourevasion.com). Check with the Amboise TI for details and pickup locations for both companies.”
“By Bus to Chambord and Cheverny: From April through August, Transports du Loir-et-Cher (TLC) excursion buses to Chambord, Cheverny, and (less important) Beauregard leave from the Blois train station—look for them immediately to the left as you leave the station (TLC bus marked Navette-Châteaux). Morning departures from Blois station at 9:10 and 11:10 go to Chambord; from Chambord, departures link Cheverny and Beauregard with various return trips to Blois, allowing you from two to seven hours at a château. Verify these times at a TI or online (€6 bus fare, discounts offered on château entries including the Château Royal in Blois; buy tickets and get schedule from TI or bus driver, www.tlcinfo.net).”
“By Taxi: Blois taxis wait 30 steps in front of the station and offer excursion fares to Chambord, Chaumont, or Cheverny (€34 one-way from Blois to any of these three châteaux, €104 round-trip to Chambord and Cheverny, €48 more to add Chaumont, 8-person minivans available, tel. 02 54 78 07 65). These rates are per cab, making the per-person price downright reasonable for groups of three or four.”
Excerpt From: Rick Steves & Steve Smith. “Rick Steves' France 2013.” Avalon Travel, 2012. iBooks.
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