Situated in north-central France, just under 70 miles from the capital, Paris, Orléans is one of the oldest and most historic cities in the country. The city played a huge part in the Hundred Years’ War due to its strategic placement and was even liberated by Joan of Arc, one of the patron saints of France. Orléans was also a key location in WWII, with the German army using it as their central logistical rail hub. The city was heavily damaged during the war and was reconstructed to match the original buildings.
Today, Orléans is an average-sized city, with a population of just over 250,000. The city is primarily used by businesses and business travellers looking for cheap and efficient travel into Paris. With two SNFC railway stations at its heart, Orléans offers unparalleled access to the heart of Paris. Using this high-speed railway, the capitals centre can be reached in under an hour.