Moving to Tours

Are you considering moving to Tours?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods to Tours depends on several factors: the nature, volume, and the weight, of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man & Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfill your demand.

Moving to Tours made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Tours. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are moving to Tours or within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Tours

City council

The site of the city of Tours is well done and provides a lot of practical information to the new “Tourangeaux”. You will find useful information related to businesses, schools, housing, employment, health, community life, garbage collection, etc.

Public transport

The metropolis of Tours is served by the network “fil bleu” (blue wire) of tram and bus. Their website is worth knowing. It allows you to have all the information on the bus and tram lines and plan your route.

You can also rent electric scooters or self-service bicycles with Indigo Weel

Cultural life

Boasting a convention center, an opera, and being established in a vibrant wine region, the city of Tours is rich in cultural events. The site tours-evenements provides information on concerts, shows, exhibitions, festivals organized in the city.

Moving to Tours at a glance

  • Tours is part of the region Center Val de Loire, but is also at the crossroads of the region Pays de la Loire and Poitou Charentes.
  • The public transport network of the city of Tours is dense: a tram line, about fifteen bus lines, 13 suburban lines and 18 special lines
  • The tram line inaugurated in 2013 represents 44% of the network’s traffic.
  • The TGV station located on the outskirts of Tours, in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, can serve the Paris Montparnasse station in 1h15, Nantes and Bordeaux train stations in 1h40.
  • The Tours agglomeration has more than 300 000 inhabitants, while the city has about 140 000.
  • Tours is part of the circuit of the Loire by bike. From the Massif Central mountains to the beaches of the Atlantic, the Loire by bike represents a route of more than 800 km! For about 200 km, you can explore the Touraine by bike along the Loire and enjoy the beautiful landscapes, villages and castles of the region (Villandry, Amboise, Langeais, Ussé). Crossroads also allow straying away from the route to reach the castles of Chenonceau, Loches, Azay-le-Rideau, etc.
  • Tours is the city in France with the largest number of kilometers of bike lane per inhabitant, or 0.87 meters of cycle lanes per inhabitant for a total of 119 kilometers (June 13, 2019, source: L’Equipe, Holidu survey). It is however far behind Helsinki (2.05m) but close to Amsterdam (0.99m … but for 858 kilometers of tracks.)
  • Tours has a country airport serving five regular destinations: London, Marseille, Porto, Dublin, Marrakech. Add to this additional destinations during the summer.

The best place for shopping in the centre of Tours is undoubtedly around Rue Nationale. Formerly called “rue Royale”, the street is one of the symbols of the city. Its width, its beautiful facades, and its pedestrian character gives an unparalleled charm to this street. Since 2013, the tramway also uses this street, making it even easier to access. Rue Nationale has many shops. You will find clothing stores, lingerie, bags, wines … and especially the galerie nationale. This shopping mall gathers more than 34 high street names and is open from Monday to Saturday between 10h and 19h. Going down the national road to the south, you will find Galeries Lafayette, and then turn on your left, Printemps, open from Monday to Saturday between 10h and 19h30.

Nearby you’ll find les Halles de Tours. It is a covered food market that offers all kinds of products from the region. Fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, bread, cheeses, groceries, etc. You will find the best local products, fresh and refined … but that may not suit all budgets.

l’Heure Tranquille is an open-air shopping centre that is also a great option for your shopping. Located south of the city, it requires taking the bus, the tram or the car to get there from the city centre. You can enjoy free parking for the first 90 minutes. The shopping centre consists of 50 fashion and shoe shops (for men, women and children), beauty, leisure, home decoration, and food. Basically, the area (called The Deux-Lions) was essentially a dormitory town, mainly for students. But since 2010, the area has been gradually developed to become a commercial hub. It has all the infrastructure to combine shopping and relaxation. You will find more than 12 restaurants within L’Heure Tranquille.

Finally, Tours has two large commercial areas, one to the north, the other to the south (Chambray-lès-Tours more precisely). These places will be very useful for those who are looking for bedding, furniture, furnishing or decoration stores.

With its many schools and universities, Tours is a young and dynamic city. In addition, large companies based in Tours have recently recruited young profiles. The animations and going out destinations are, therefore, not lacking.

The most trendy place in Tours is certainly Place Plumereau. The place is considered by some travel agencies as the best in France to “prendre un verre” (have a drink)! Surrounded by half-timbered houses, the square is filled with atmospheric bars, trendy cafes, and restaurants. Summer or winter, evening or morning, the place is still buzzing. The Café Chaud, for example, is a very trendy place where young people like to meet for a drink. During the evening, the atmosphere evolves to become a dancing club!

From Place Plumereau, you can also easily walk around the national road. If the national street itself is dead in the evening (because only populated with stores), this is not the case of its many small parallel streets. Thus, you will find many English or Belgian pubs and clubs to prolong your evening. The rue Colbert, for example, houses an incredible amount of restaurants, for all tastes (Italian, French, Indian, Lebanese, African, etc.) and budgets. You will not be far from the banks of the Loire, which is ideal to finish the evening!

The other place to spend your evenings is in the south of the city. This is the Deux-Lions neighbourhood. Although less trendy than Tours city centre, it has all kinds of infrastructures to spend a pleasant evening: restaurants, bars, bowling, large cinema complex CGR, etc.

Useful information for
Moving to Tours

Located on both the Loire and the Cher, Tours is a city renowned for its quality of life. Moreover the expression “the sweetness of Tourangelle life” is passed in the popular jargon. Because of its exceptional geography (less than an hour from Paris), the real estate market has become tense in recent years without becoming out of control. Three neighbourhoods are generally popular in housing search.

If you want to live in a lively area that has retained all its charm, you will certainly enjoy the “Vieux Tours“. This district is the historical center of the city and is built around the famous and vibrant place Plumereau. Highly prized (especially by young people), you will enjoy all the amenities at your fingertips in a permanent festive atmosphere.

Not far from there, a stone’s throw to the South, you could be seduced by the most exclusive district of Tours, the district of Prébendes. It’s a more residential neighborhood that is more for couples or families.

Many opportunities also exist near the banks of the Loire or the banks of the Cher. Real estate is a little cheaper in these areas; however, they remain close to the city center and will allow you to enjoy a quiet atmosphere.

In the immediate vicinity of Tours, cities like Joué-Lès-Tours, Chambray-Lès-Tours and St-Avertin are pleasant places to live. Rents are cheaper and access to Tours is fast (car, bus or tram). Going further away, you will come across the beautiful countryside of Touraine (the kings of France liked to stay there for its beauty and its calm). You might fall in love with some places like Montlouis-sur-Loire, Ballan-Miré or Vouvray, which have retained their charm and vigor. Although away from the city center (25 minutes by car), these places are known for their exceptional living environment and will convert you to the sweet life of the Loire region.