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Time needed to drive Sarlat to Bordeaux train station?

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Time needed to drive Sarlat to Bordeaux train station?

Hello. We will be dropping off a rental car at the Bordeaux train station on a Monday morning in late June and then taking the TGV to Irun, Spain.

The Google and Michelin maps estimate the trip would take about 2 hours, 25 minutes. How much extra time should I build into the drive to give us enough time to drop the car off and make a train?

Thanks for your advice.

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1. Re: Time needed to drive Sarlat to Bordeaux train station?

add at least 30% to the estimate time to allow for stops, traffic, weather, construction, etc....I would leave no less than 3-1/2 hours at minimum to make that drive. Add another hour to futz around dropping the car and getting to the track.

Having time to grab a cup of coffee is way easier and a lot less stressful than sprinting across the train station in time to see the lights of your train disappear around the first bend in the tracks.

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2. Re: Time needed to drive Sarlat to Bordeaux train station?

Thanks for your estimate. After reading your reply, we decided we'd take a later train than we first planned. That will give us more time to enjoy breakast at the nice B&B where we're staying in Sarlat and maybe even get lunch near the Bordeaux station, so it all works out one way or another.

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3. Re: Time needed to drive Sarlat to Bordeaux train station?

Why not just drive down to Hendaye and drop the car there? It will probably be quicker.

Edited: 6:06 am, May 22, 2011
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4. Re: Time needed to drive Sarlat to Bordeaux train station?

We thought about it, but my parents will be with us in the Dordogne but are traveling back to Paris. When we figured out their schedule and ours, it became apparent that we could choose between a 4-day rental and keeping the car to Hendaye or a 3-day rental and taking the train from Bordeaux to Hendaye/Irun. We decided that it would be just as easy for all of us to go to Bordeaux together and return the car there. Also, our 9-year old daughter does better on trains than in cars.

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