Herault in Langedoc: getting there and around

With its unspoilt sandy coast, its tranquil green interior and its dramatic highlands, Hérault offers an impressive range of landscapes and activities.

Thanks to the introduction of low-cost flights over the last few years, he region has become increasingly accessible from the UK. Montpellier, capital of the Languedoc, is the main hub in the east, while Beziers provides excellent links in the south-west.

Air

For the coast and mountains of the Haut-Languedoc, Béziers Cap d’Agde airport (00 33 4 67 80 99 09; beziers.aeroport.fr) is ideally located. It is currently served from Luton and Bristol by Ryanair (0871 246 000; ryanair.com). On 27 May, Flybe (0871 700 2000; flybe.com) starts a new service to Béziers from Southampton.

The alternative gateway is Montpellier’s Méditerranée airport (00 33 4 67 20 85 00; montpellier.aeroport.fr), which is well positioned for access to the eastern parts of the district. It is served by easyJet (0871 244 2366; easyjet.com) from Gatwick and Luton, and from Leeds/Bradford by Ryanair. On 13 April, Ryanair will introduce a new route to Montpellier from Birmingham. Another new route to Montpellier will be launched by Bmibaby (0905 828 2828; bmibaby.com) on 2 July, with flights from Manchester.

Three other good arrival points for Hérault: Marseille, Nîmes and Perpignan, which have good rail and road connections.

Rail

The high-speed trains to Hérault ake rail a viable alternative to flying. The journey from London St Pancras to Montpellier’s Saint-Roch station, with a change of trains in Lille or Paris (where you must also change stations, from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon), takes seven or eight hours. Eurostar (08705 186 186; eurostar.com) sells tickets on this route for as little as £119 return.

Fast trains from Paris also call at Béziers, Sète and Agde. From 9 July to 10 September a summer service of direct trains operates on Saturdays between London St Pancras and Avignon-Centre stations, with easy connections to the region.

Road

From Orange, the A9 motorway runs from the north-east to the south-west, linking Montpellier and Béziers and allowing quick access to the coast. From the Channel ports, however, the most scenic approach is on the A75 motorway that runs through the Massif Central; Dieppe and Le Havre are particularly well placed for avoiding the congestion around Paris.

Getting around

Rail services run from Montpellier to Frontignan, Sète, Agde, Vias, Béziers, Bédarieux and Lunel. There are 68 local bus lines: consult Hérault Transport (00 33 825 34 01 34; heraulttransport.fr) for more details. From sea to mountains, a car offers the most convenient means of exploring this varied region. Car rental options available from Béziers Cap d’Agde airport include Hertz (08708 44 88 44; hertz.com), which has a rate from around €240 for a week.

More information

Hérault in Languedoc Tourisme, Maison du Tourisme, Avenue des Moulins, 34184 Montpellier Cedex 4 (00 33 825 34 00 34; languedoc.com)

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Guru Careers: Events Coordinator / Junior Events Planner

    £24K + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Events Coordinator ...

    Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: Chief Executive Officer

    Salary 42,000: Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: The CEO is responsible ...

    Guru Careers: Marketing Manager / Marketing Communications Manager

    £35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...

    Ashdown Group: Technical IT Manager - North London - Growing business

    £40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A growing business that has been ope...

    Day In a Page

    Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

    Sun, sex and an anthropological study

    One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
    From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

    Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

    'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
    'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

    Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

    This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

    Songs from the bell jar

    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
    How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

    One man's day in high heels

    ...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
    The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

    King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

    The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

    End of the Aussie brain drain

    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
    Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

    Can meditation be bad for you?

    Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
    Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

    Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

    Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
    Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

    Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

    Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
    Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

    Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

    Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
    Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

    Join the tequila gold rush

    The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
    12 best statement wallpapers

    12 best statement wallpapers

    Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
    Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

    Paul Scholes column

    Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?