Are you in Montpellier without a car and want to go to the beach? Here’s how you can get there:

How to Get There?

Palavas-les-Flots, Option 1: Take tramway line 4 to Garcia Lorca station, then bus number 631 from the LIO-Hérault bus network to Palavas-les-Flots, Salle Bleue.
Palavas-les-Flots, Option 2: Take tramway line 3 to the “PEROLS Etang de l’Or” terminus, then bus line 1 from the Transp’Or network to Palavas-les-Flots, Salle Bleue.
La Grande Motte, Carnon, Pérols: Take tramway line 3 to the “PEROLS Etang de l’Or” terminus, then bus line 4 on the Transp’Or network.
Carnon, La Grande Motte, Le Grau du Roi: Take tram line 1 to “Place de France” station, then bus 606 from the LIO-Hérault bus network, which connects Montpellier to Aigues-Mortes along the coast.

From “Pérols – Etang de l’Or” Station:

Walk to Carnon Beach (about a 15-minute walk).
Rent a bike from the Velomagg’Loisirs station to reach any of the beaches.
Take the Herault Transport Navette des Plages, serving Petit and Grand Travers beaches in July and August.

Pilou Beach in Villeneuve-les-Maguelone:

Take bus line 32 from tram line 4’s Garcia Lorca stop to the Pilou stop in Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, then head to the beach:
You can walk
Go by train (details at Villeneuve-les-Maguelone website)
By bike: Every weekend in June and daily in July and August, visit the Vélomagg’ plage reception next to the Pilou stop. Show your season ticket or validated travel pass, leave an identity document as a deposit, and borrow a bike free of charge.

For Cyclists:

Take a train from Montpellier station to Villeneuve-les-Maguelone with your bike (bikes are free on these trains). After a 5-minute train ride, cycle 3 km to reach Pilou Beach.

Which Beach to Choose?

Palavas-les-Flots (10 km): This beach is close to a tourist centre with plenty of shops and restaurants. It’s a lively spot with a promenade, numerous dining options, and a vibrant nightlife. Quickest to get to: Around 35-45 minutes via tram and bus.

Carnon (12 km): Another beach near a tourist centre, Carnon offers a mix of sandy shores and a charming marina. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a blend of beach time and leisurely walks through the marina area. There are also various water sports available, such as windsurfing and paddleboarding. Quickest to get to: Around 40-50 minutes via tram and bus.

Villeneuve-les-Maguelone: For those seeking a more natural beach experience, Villeneuve-les-Maguelone is ideal. The beach is known for its beautiful and undeveloped coastline, making it a perfect escape from the crowds. The area is also famous for its historical and natural significance, including the Maguelone Cathedral and a protected nature reserve. Quickest to get to: Around 45-55 minutes via tram and bus.

Petit Travers and Grand Travers: Situated between Carnon and La Grande Motte, these beaches are known for their natural beauty and lack of nearby housing. They offer a more serene and untouched beach experience, perfect for those who prefer a quieter setting. Quickest to get to: Around 55-65 minutes via tram and bus.

Enjoy your beach trip without the hassle of a car!

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