Travelling to Le Mans from outside Europe
Every year hundreds of race fans make the journey from around the world to be track-side at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Many combine their visit with seeing some of the other sights that Europe has to offer, but others also visit just for Le Mans week. Although based in the UK, as an official agent of Le Mans, Travel Destinations has been looking after international customers visiting Le Mans for over 20 years. We have a variety of tickets, accommodation and hospitality options that suits all budgets. You can contact us directly to discuss your requirements, either by telephone on +44 1707 329988 or by email via firstname.lastname@example.org
The nearest International airport to Le Mans is Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG). Whilst Air France is the national carrier, most international airlines will also operate a service in and out of Paris, either directly or with one of their partner airlines. Air fares are notoriously difficult to predict, so we would always recommend booking your flights early to get the best choice of availability. Travel Destinations can assist you with booking flights on certain airlines, however many people like to plan their whole holiday itineraries and so book this part separately. Either option is fine.
To travel to Le Mans from Paris is relatively easy and you can choose from either hiring a car or letting the train take the strain.
The drive to Le Mans is roughly 150 miles and if done directly should take approximately 3 hours. The biggest benefit of having your own car is independence. You will be able to choose your itinerary, travel at your own pace and be able to transport your luggage relatively easily. Boot space can be quite an important factor if you are extending your stay before or after the race. Travel Destinations can organise car-hire for you so please ask about car sizes when you make your enquiry.
The rail network in France is relatively quick, prompt and mostly reliable. SNCF is the national train operator and tickets are usually available to purchase three months prior to travel. A good website for train information and tickets is www.raileurope.com and these can be booked separately. If you are travelling to Le Mans directly from the airport then it is possible to get a train that goes directly to Le Mans without any changes. Alternatively if you are choosing to spend some time in Paris, then there is a fast train (TGV) from Paris Montparnasse to Le Mans that will take less than hour. This is a popular service and will need to be reserved in advance.
Once you have arrived at Le Mans station, then you will need to become acquainted with Le Mans tram system. Fortunately this is quite straight forward. Tickets can be purchased from a machine adjacent to the tram stop at the train station (the machines can show details in English as well as other languages). The Le Mans circuit is the terminus at the end of the line to the south of Le Mans town so you can’t miss the stop! The tram is a really useful service to travel between Le Mans town and the circuit.
Travel Destinations offers a number of different accommodation, tickets and hospitality options that can enable you to choose between camping/glamping, a room at the circuit or a hotel room away from the circuit which are perfect for all Le Mans visitors. Prices vary but all our staff are experienced Le Mans visitors and so can help you choose the right option for you. Some of the available options are outlined below, but if you need any further information please contact the Travel Destinations team on +44 1707 329988 or email via email@example.com