How to get to Montpellier
Welcome to Montpellier
Montpellier is the 8th largest city in France and has also been the fastest-growing city in the country over the past 25 years. Nearly one-third of the population is composed of students who attend higher education institutions (3 universities and 6 Grandes Écoles). Located in southern France, it is the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice.
Be aware there are TWO train stations in Montpellier:
- Gare Montpellier Saint-Roch, located in the heart of the city, 200 metres from Place de la Comédie
- Gare Montpellier Sud de France, a TGV station outside the city
SAINT-ROCH TRAIN STATION
The station is easily accessible on foot, as it is only 200 m from the Place de la Comédie, or by one of the city's many public transport services.
With TGV and RENFE: access to the heart of Montpellier is possible without a connection. Here are the minimum journey times according to the trains:
- Montpellier - Paris: 3h15
- Montpellier - Lille: 4h45
- Montpellier - Brussels: 5h08
- Montpellier - Marseille: 1h30
- Montpellier - Lyon: 1h35
- Montpellier - Toulouse: 2h10
- Montpellier - Nice: 4h10
- Montpellier - Barcelona : 2h30
The four tramway lines, as well as buses (lines 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 16), taxis and car rental companies, will enable you to reach the various districts of Montpellier and its metropolis.
SUD DE FRANCE TRAIN STATION
The second TGV station is in the heart of the future Cambaceres district, but outside the city.
It is located at: 1521 Rue de la Fontaine de la Banquière 34000 Montpellier
- By bus: Take the TaM shuttle bus located at the Place de France stop (Tramway line 1 or Bus line 9). This shuttle linking the Place de France tram stop (Line 1) to the new Montpellier Sud de France TGV station is a Tam shuttle and tickets purchased for the tram can be used to make the connection. Access to the shuttle is via the station's western forecourt, which leads to the Cambacérès stop.
See the timetable on the TAM website.
- From the airport: The Airport Shuttle and the 606 line of the company "Hérault Transport" also serve the Sud de France station.
- By car: Take the A709 and then exit 29, Montpellier Est, towards the city centre and Odysseum.
Please note: it takes about 10 minutes to reach the Sud de France station from the Place de France tram stop on foot. So it will take about forty minutes to get to the station from the tram stop Place de France.
Montpellier is linked to Paris by the A9 and A75 Motorways (around 700 km). It is also linked to Italy, Spain, Switzerland.
Map out your route with Michelin.
The city of Montpellier has many pedestrian areas dedicated to pedestrians and non-motorised cycles. There are several pedestrian areas in different parts of the city (Écusson - Antigone - Celleneuve - Richter - Port Marianne - Odysseum), all subject to the same access and parking regulations.
The airport is 10 kilometres from Montpellier centre (15 minutes drive), midway between the town and the sea. Taxis, car rental and a shuttle service (11 times/day) are available. The cost of a taxi is around 25€, and the cost of the shuttle is around 5 €.