How to Get There


We live on Rue de la Pelissaria in Saint -Cirq Lapopie.” The coordinates for the village are  North 44° 28′ 0″  and East  1° 40′ 0″.  Maison d'Être is about 6 hours drive South from Paris and about 1.5 hours drive north from the Toulouse airport. It is within easy drive of the following six airports. 

AirportDriving time to Maison d'EtreFrom here, go...
Toulouse (Blagnac)1 hr 45 minsNorth
Rodez1 hr 30 minsEast
Limoges2 hrsSouth
Bergerac2 hrs 10 minsEast
Carcassonne2 hrs 17 minsWest then North
Bordeauxunder 3 hrsEast
Parisapprox 6 hrsSouth

Driving From the North:

If you want to stop for groceries before arriving at the village, set your GPS to the “PROXI Super”  in Tour de Faure.  The quickest way down is via the A20, which starts at Vierzon, about 60 miles south of Orleans, and continues south to Cahors. Drive along the north side of the River Lot to Tour de Faure. After picking up groceries, drive over the one lane bridge over the River and head uphill. Follow the photos in the pdf file provided to find the house.

Driving From the South:

If you want to stop for groceries  on the way set your GPS to “Carrefour Contact” in Lalbenque. Make a list before you go as you may be fuzzy headed with jet lag. Take a thin shopping bag with you in your purse or you can buy a bag at checkout. Coming via Toulouse airport, follow signs to Paris and Bordeaux on the A62.  25 miles or so north of Toulouse, take exit 10 to A20, following signs for Montauban and Paris.  35 miles later, take exit 58 on the N20, following signs for Cahors. After picking up supplies, set your GPS to  “Saint-Cirq Gourmand” a restaurant on D8, which is the high road adjacent to and above the village. Once you find the little restaurant, refer to the photos in the pdf on how to find the house.


The nearest international airport is Toulouse with direct flights from London, Paris, Amsterdam and other international airports. If you fly into Paris, you can either fly to Toulouse or one of the local airports listed above, then rent a car and drive directly to the gite. Your best option will depend on what day and time you arrive and how many of you are traveling.


From Paris, take the train to Toulouse that leaves from the Gare d’Austerlitz  and stops at Cahors. It’s a 5-6 hour journey, depending on the time of day. The SNCF website provides schedules and fares. It is about 60 Euros per person to Cahors. You can rent a car at Cahors train station from Avis (+33 565 30 13 10 NOTE: they are not open on Saturday or Sunday) or Hertz (+33 565 35 34 69 NOTE: they are not so near the Rail Station). You will need a car while you are at the gite. Bus transportation is regular from the train station and leaves about every 30 minutes, but only takes you as far as Tour de Faure. St Cirq Lapopie is a 20 minute walk up hill from there.