|PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Buses, Taxis, Day-trip Itineraries in Argenton-Chateau|
“Qui non laborat non manducat.” (He who does not work, does not eat.)
– motto of Philippe de Commynes (1447-1511), Seigneur d’Argenton-Chateau
TER TRAIN SERVICE
Between ANGERS and NANTES, CHOLET, THOUARS, SAUMUR or TOURS
the ANJOUBUS network center is the Angers/St Laud train station: http://goo.gl/maps/IK2ip
Monday-Saturday ONLY — there is no ANJOUBUS service at all on Sundays
ALWAYS check for the most current bus and train schedules online here:
For bus service between ANGERS and VIHIERS, Ligne 18 is the bus to use.
But you must book a private taxi between Argenton-Chateau and Vihiers.
PUBLIC BUS SERVICE – DEUX-SEVRES
RDS = RESEAU de DEUX-SEVRES
the RDS bus stop is on the traffic circle
4 Place de Aout, Argenton-Chateau
Monday-Friday ONLY — there is no RDS bus service at all on Saturday or Sunday!
All local RDS buses cost 1.50 euros one-way (e.g., a daytrip to Bressuire is
3 euros round-trip; connecting in Bressuire for Mauleon, Maulevrier or Cholet is 6 euros round-trip.)
ALWAYS check for the most current bus and train schedules online, or at the bus stop/train station.
For Thouars, Bressuire, Mauleon, Maulevrier, and Cholet, refer to current RDS bus schedules online.
East to THOUARS on Ligne 30, connecting north by bus (or train) to SAUMUR, ST PIERRE des CORPS, PARIS
Poitou-Charentes now has a regional carpool/ ride-share program (co-voiturage) that is searchable online, by date and destination. You can propose yourself as either a driver or a passenger ( site in French only ).
Click COVOITURAGES to find or propose a ride-share from Argenton-Château –> Angers, or any other city.
BONNET PEUGEOT – sales and repair only, no rentals
25, avenue General de Gaulle
tel: 05 49 65 71 92
MON- FRIDAY 9:00 AM – NOON, 2:00 – 7:00 PM
(CLOSED SATURDAY and SUNDAY)
ALLO ANJOU TAXI
5, rue Saint-Martin
49100 Angers, France
Tel: 02 41 87 65 00
Reserve a taxi online, 7 days a week, with 24 hrs notice.
TAXIS REUNIS du CHATEAU
6, route de Bressuire
Tel: 05 49 65 71 90
MONDAY – FRIDAY
Local taxis are NOT on-call 24 hrs/day, and need to be booked in advance. Please write down your name, your own street address for pick-up, and your itinerary on a piece of paper, and walk it over to their office. (Remember: use 24 hr time, i.e. 13h00, 19h45, etc.)
The dispatcher can closely estimate how much it will cost, if you ask. (“J’aimerais un devi, SVP”)
Important: Taxi reservations must be made in person Monday to Friday ONLY, and preferably at least 3 days in advance. You can reserve a taxi to pick you up on any day you wish, but there is no local dispatcher present on the weekends. The weekend dispatcher is in Bressuire.
Cancellations or changes must be made at least 24 hrs in advance. You may be billed for missed connections.
Taxi rates can be considerably higher before 7AM, after 7PM, and on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.
It is smart to share the cost of the taxi ride, and students should expect to organize themselves and their trips with one another.
Advice on TAXI Reservations for Day-Trips
Day-trips 1) and 2) below will require no advance taxi reservations. All Saturday daytrips and “studio weekend” getaways — leaving Thursday evening, or early Friday morning, with a Saturday evening return– always require the student to hire a private taxi to connect them to a nearby bus or train station.
DAY-TRIP TRANSPORT ITINERARIES: Easiest Day-trip and “Studio Weekend” Getaways
Note: Our weekly studio schedule is Sunday through Thursday, with Fridays and Saturdays off. Our suggested day-trips and “studio weekend” trips out of Argenton-Chateau are as follows:
1) For a Friday farmer’s market trip to Thouars: with 8 students, a private group shuttle can be arranged for students to leave Argenton-Chateau at 9:30 AM on Friday, arriving at 10:00 AM at Thouars-Place de Boel. The return shuttle leaves Thouars-Place de Boel at 12:00 noon. Cost is 10 euros per person.
2) For a Friday + Saturday “studio weekend” in Angers, Saumur, Tours, Nantes, Paris: hire a Friday morning taxi from Argenton-Chateau to Vihiers bus station (20 minutes north). Outgoing Ligne 18 bus service leaves Vihiers at 7:30 AM on Friday, and 9AM Saturday morning, arriving one hour later at Angers- Gare SNCF.
The last Friday return bus on Ligne 18 leaves Angers at 5:30 PM, the last Saturday return leaves at 6:30 PM. ** You must reserve an evening taxi in advance to pick you up from Vihiers! **
3) For train tickets to Saumur, Tours, Nantes, Paris and elsewhere, check:
TGV tickets ALWAYS require advance reservations. TGV ticket prices are highly variable. In order to get the lowest fare, reserve online as far in advance as possible.
TGV reservations can be made online, or made in person at the SNCF train stations in Thouars or Bressuire.