Miraculously preserved against the passage of time, Troyes is a true time capsule of a city. Wandering its streets will transport visitors back to the Middle Ages, while museums like the Musee d'Art Modern ensure that there's a lot more to Troyes than its historical atmosphere. In fact, this eastern French city is an underrated but exceptional vacation destination. Thanks to the train station, Gare de Troyes, it's easily reachable from Paris and other major cities. If travelers want to make their trains with plenty of time to spare, it essential to know how to reach the station from popular parts of town.
The Gare de Troyes is to the west of the historic center of Troyes, and most public transportation journeys from popular attractions will take very little time. A good reference point for the city center is the Place Saint-Pierre (home to the cathedral.) From there, visitors can take bus number one straight to the station doors. Taxis are a good alternative, offering much faster transportation, and walking is also a possibility. Those coming from attractions in the south of historic Troyes, such as the Maison de l'Outil, can catch bus number six, which also runs from the University of Technology, in the city's southern outskirts. Those coming from the north can take bus number 2 to the Gare de Troyes train station, while taxis will be more convenient for those arriving from the locations near the Orient Forest.
The station in Troyes is located on the western edge of the old town, just outside the medieval city limits. This means that visitors needing to transfer from locations in the center of town won't be more than one mile (1.5 kilometers) away. Buses from the cathedral district will take ten to 15 minutes, while buses from the southern part of the old town will be marginally faster. In both cases, it's feasible to walk, but travelers should leave 30 minutes for the journey. Taxis are a convenient alternative as well. Leave five to ten minutes for taxi journeys from pretty much anywhere in the town center. Buses from the southern and northern suburbs can take 20-30 minutes. The popular Orient Forest park starts around five miles (eight kilometers) east of Troyes and extends for at least 30 miles. Taxis from spots like the Chateau de Dienville will take 40-45 minutes, and it's advisable to set aside at least 30 minutes from anywhere in the region.
The train station, Gare de Troyes, is maintained and operated by French national rail company SNCF, which is good news for travelers with limited mobility. SNCF has a uniform access policy across all stations, which ensures that passengers will be provided with personal assistance on request via the Accès Plus system. Booking ahead is required to ensure that staff members are available to help. Ramps are provided to access train services and platforms, and step-free designs are commonplace. Call boxes, induction loops, braille notices, elevators, and tactile walkways all combine to help the visually and aurally impaired. When traveling to a train from Troyes city center, travelers with limited mobility may choose to use TCAT buses, which are adapted for wheelchair users and generally provide ample room. However, to be on the safe side, it may be a better idea to use specialist taxi services, which are easy to find in the Troyes area.
Because the Gare de Troyes is so close to the center of town, those wondering what to do near the train station are in luck. It's easy to wander into the network of cobbled streets to discover medieval lanes and impressive churches. The number one bus is a good route to take, as it passes through a lot of the old town, and stops outside the cathedral of St Peter and Paul (check out the astonishing stained glass windows.) But it's also a good idea to head slightly south to the rue de la Pierre - one of the best-preserved 16th-century streets in France. Don't miss the museum inside the Hôtel de Vauluisant, which provides a wonderful showcase of Troyes' history. From there, you can easily walk back to the station, without risking a missed connection.