Getting around Montpellier
Montpellier is an incredibly easy city to navigate with its reasonably priced local bus, tram and bike hire services. The historical city centre is largely pedestrianised which is ideal for those wanting to leisurely stroll around the various shops, galleries, restaurants and museums on offer.
As a registered student you will receive full details on Montpellier’s travel services in your Student Pack including prices, timetables and FAQs. However, below you will find a brief overview of how to get around our city.
By tram :
The city is very well served by a modern tram system which, on average, passes by each stop every 5 minutes making the service easy and efficient to use. The system comprises of 2 lines which span the city, so no matter where you need to go the tram is often going to be your transport system of choice.
Tickets can be purchased from the automatic machines located at each station, and once you board the tram make sure that you validate your ticket in the machine.
*Prices: about 1.40 Euros single and 2.40 for a return journey
*Weekly Prices: about 13,20 Euros and 10 Euros for students under 26 years old
A comprehensive bus system covers the whole city with many departing from the train station in the city centre. Conveniently, the busses use the same tickets as the tram system so you can purchase tickets from the automatic machines at each tram stop or on the bus from the driver.
As with the tram you will be required to validate your ticket once you have boarded the bus if you have purchased the ticket from one of the automatic machines. All tickets can be used for transfers onto another bus or tram for up to an hour after the time of validation.
Please note that the bus service is limited on a Sunday with many finishing around 9pm.
Montpellier has a very popular bicycle rental scheme, provided by the government, and is probably the quickest way to learn how to ‘get around’ and navigate yourself through Montpellier’s little back streets.
The ‘Vélo Magg’ bike rental scheme is a pay-as-you-go rental service that allows you to rent a bike for an affordable 1 euro (up to 4 hours) or 2 Euros per day. Bikes can be picked up and dropped off any of the 50 bike points around the city centre making it a practical and easy choice for those wanting to explore what the city has to offer.
The city also has an extensive bike network with bike paths connecting to various local villages, with some running all the way to the beach, which takes approximately one hour depending on your fitness.
The Gare Saint-Roch, located in the city centre is served by the famous TGV and local rail services. By TGV the journey from Paris takes approximately 3 hours, Lille 4hours 50 minutes and Valence 1 hour 40 minutes. The Talgo service also operates with a connection to Barcelona which takes around 4 hours.
Many of our students travel further afield on day trips to to Nimes, Avignon, Marseille, Nice, and Sete which are all easily accessible on the local rail system.
The city offers a whole host of companies offering competitive rates on car hire which is a great way to see more of what the Languedoc Roussillon region has to offer.
To hire a car you will typically need to have a current driving license and a credit card to make a booking, but please refer to each agencies terms and conditions for the exact requirements.
In your Student Pack you will find a list of the preferred car rental agencies that we recommend you use during your stay with us.
If you do not have a car, getting to and from the beach is relatively easy with the number 28 bus which leaves from Place de Europe just outside of the city centre. The journey takes 25 – 30 minutes and stops near the beach at Palavas-les-Flots. If you already possess a tram ticket the journey is free to and from the beach.
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