The Dordogne attracts millions of visitors a year, most visitors either arrive by car, or they rent one at arrival.
However, thousand of visitors arrive in the Dordogne without having their own transport, hoping to rely on public transport, only to find out that the Dordogne Public Transport is [almost] non-existing.
Most of the large towns in the Dordogne will have a train station, and the likes of for example Perigueux and Bergerac with have a bus network. Some small villages will also have a train station, but in the Dordogne you cannot assume the train station is ideally located, for example the train station in Les Eyzies de Tayac is ideally just a 5 min stroll to the center of the village, however the station of Le Bugue is about an hours walk to the center. By far, most of the main tourist towns and villages and attractions in the Dordogne are not accessible by any form of public transport.
Even Taxi’s are very limited in the Dordogne, and they are not cheap, and during the busy periods the waiting time can be hours.
Without any doubt, the best way to experience the Dordogne is to have your own transport, a car / motorbike is by far the best option, a bicycle is a fantastic method of exploring the Dordogne, but you are still limited [ more of a time issue ]
1000’s of visitors a year visit the Dordogne without their own transport, and although limited, it doesn’t mean they don’t or cant have a wonderful time. My advice to these visitors is to wisely choose a “base” that offers at least a few days of “things to do” all within walking distance.. Personally I would recommend a place like Les Eyzies de Tayac, because it is accessible by train, there are lots of tourist attractions to visit such as Font de Gaume, Combarrelles, National Prehistoric Museum, Abri de CroMagnon, Grand Roc etc. etc. ALL within walking distance from each other. There are also plenty of exciting outdoor activities such as hiking, canoing, horse riding etc. to keep you busy. There are plenty of restaurants and snack bars, shops, a supermarket, a chemist and a Laundromat and lots more.
If you do not have your own transport but would really like to visit some of the main attractions, then hiring a personal guide like myself is a great and very affordable option.