Tours Airport Taxis (TUF)
Tours Airport is a small French airport in the Centre region of the country, quite nearby to the capital city of Paris, and also to the cities of Angers, Le Mans, Chateauroux and Orleans. A high percentage of the airport’s passengers are tourists coming to visit the wonderful Loire Valley area, and find the airport to be friendly and efficient. Most passengers arrive on Ryanair flights, as this is the main airline carrier of the airport. Tours Airport taxis are available for these passengers, for onward travel to a number of nearby locations. The airport taxis are the quickest way to reach a following destination, but can be more expensive than other ground transport options.
Tours Airport is also commonly referred to as the Tours Val de Loire Airport, or in French as the Aéroport Tours Val de Loire. It also has the official code of TUF in order to distinguish it from similar establishments. The airport is found approximately 6km, or 3.2 miles from the city of Tours, and in the department of Indre-et-Loire. The region of the airport is also known as the Touraine, an area famous for it’s lovely wines and many other tourist attractions. Arriving passengers will find a single terminal building, of approximately 1,500 square metres, and with a capacity of a hundred thousand passengers per annum. It is a small terminal, and therefore easy to navigate. The airport taxis are found in a taxi rank just in front of the passenger building, and are generally always available at times of arrival flights.
Even at smaller airports such as Tours, taxis are plentiful, therefore there is seldom the need to make an advanced reservation for their services. However, passengers can contact the taxi company before their flight to Tours Airport. Their number is 02 47 20 30 40. Should you find no taxis available at the time of your arrival, and you have not made a reservation, it is best to go to the information desk nearby the arrivals area and ask for someone to call one for you. Airport personnel are usually willing to help with the organisation of a taxi, and will not charge for the call.
Tours Airport is able to welcome passengers with disabilities, as there are adequate toilet facilities, clear walkways, pavement ramps and other facilities. The ground transport options often accommodate for their needs as well, and special Tours Airport taxis able to transport someone in a wheelchair may be available. Although ordinary taxis don’t require an advanced reservation, a special vehicle is recommended to be requested in advance. Assistance can also be provided by airline or airport personnel for the passengers, from the time they disembark from the airplane and through baggage collection procedures to the time when the passenger is ready to leave the airport.
Tours Airport taxis are a very convenient way to reach the city centre of Tours, and a taxi trip to this location will cost between 12.00 and 20.00 Euro, depending on the final destination requested by the passenger. Passengers can take a taxi to one of the Tours train stations, should they be travelling by rail, or to any other location in the city, such as a private residence, hotel or place of business. A taxi is most convenient as they take you directly to the doorstep of where you need to be, rather than just stopping at a bus stop or station. Bus services from airports can be more pricey than in the cities, and for a couple of passengers a short trip by taxi could even be a less expensive option. To Tours, the journey will take just fifteen to twenty minutes.
Taxis in France operate similar to those of many other countries. They are metered vehicles, which means that they have a device that records the number of kilometres travelled, and the price is calculated accordingly. There is usually a set rate charged per kilometre, perhaps a higher price for the first kilometre, and a minimum starting fare. Additional charges can also be made for luggage, animals transported in the vehicle and from more than four passengers. Keep in mind that the rate charged per kilometre will depend on the time of day you travel, and the day of travel. Daytime hours on weekdays and on Saturdays are less expensive than when travelling at night, or on Sundays and public holidays.
A taxi can be taken in the alternative direction to Tours Airport. Taxis are available from busy public squares in the city or from the train stations. They can also be called to come and collect you from any location. To or from most airports, private transfer services can also be arranged. This service is similar to a taxi, but may be shared with other passengers, and the vehicles may be able to accommodate a greater number of people. The vehicles are operated by various private companies, and their services require an advanced reservation. Depending on the number of passengers, a private transfer could be less expensive than a taxi service. For private transport, the passenger will be greeted in the arrival area by the driver, who will hold a signboard with the name of the passenger.
Always only use official Tours Airport taxis, and try to find out the average cost to your destination before approaching the taxi driver. Ask the taxi driver to also explain any additional costs that will be applicable to your journey. Airport taxi drivers often speak French and English. The airport can be contacted for further information regarding taxi services, at +33 (0)2 47493700.