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Getting to Montpellier

Montpellier is located in the south of France, on the Mediterranean coast. Below are a few options for reaching Montpellier. 

Fly into Montpellier: consult the airport website.

Fly into other cities

  • Paris: direct train to Montpellier from Paris Charles-de-gaulle airport (4 hours), or 800km (7 hours) by car
  • Lyon: direct train to Montpellier from Lyon Saint Exupéry airport (1 hour 40 minutes) or 320km (3 hours) by car
  • Marseille: direct train to Montpellier from Marseille-Vitrolles airport  (15 minutes shuttle to station, 1 hour 40 minutes of train), or 150 km (1h45) by car

Train to Montpellier St Roch station: find timetables and book tickets here 

 

Getting from Montpellier airport to the city center

There are two ways to reach the city center from the airport: taxi or public transit. A taxi to the city center costs approximatively 26-32€ during the day and 32-38€ at night. There are usually taxis waiting outside the airport. You can pay the driver with cash, or in some cases, by credit card (check in advance if the taxi is equipped for credit card payment). 

To reach the center by public transit, take the airport shuttle (`navette’, bus line 120) from the stop located just outside the airport terminal. The shuttle takes 15 minutes and will drop you at Place de l’Europe station (15 minute trip), and from there you can continue by tram (lines 1 and 4). The shuttle runs once an hour in each direction (timetable for summer 2017 not yet available). You can purchase your ticket on the shuttle (1.60€ for shuttle only, or 2.60€ for combined shuttle + tram / bus). 

 

Getting from Montpellier train station to the city center

The train station is located close to the city center. You can either walk or take one of the four tram lines, depending on which part of the center you which to reach. 

 

Public transportation

Montpellier has four tram lines and numerous bus lines. On the website of the transport authority (TaM), you can find an interactive map and a trip planner (in French only).

The free TaM mobile application (available for iphone and android, in French and English) provides a trip planner, but also additional services to identify the closest stops and obtain real-time information on the next bus and tram departures from a given stop. 

Transit tickets can be purchased from machines at tram stops, as well as in some news & tobacco shops in and around the center (such shops will display a TaM logo). 

A single-ride ticket costs 1.60€, a 10-ride ticket costs 10€, 1-day (24 hour) ticket costs 4.30€, and a 7-day ticket costs 16.50€. 

A ticket allows you an unlimited number of connections for one hour, but roundtrip itineraries are forbidden. You need to validate your ticket each time you enter the tram or bus. 

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