Our villa is on the edge of the village, towards Villelongue dels Monts and is just 15 minutes away from Le Boulou where you can access the A9, leading you to Spain to the south and towards Perpignan to the north.  Whether you travel by rail or by air, a car will be essential to really appreciate what the Pyrenees Orientales have to offer - car rental opportunities are available at all airports and train station in Perpignan, advance booking a must, beware of additional charges with some car rental companies if you cross the border into Spain or vice versa.

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road

France has an excellent motorway network and you have a choice of routes to take.  Google Map will give you a distance of less than 1200km and 11h00 hours, via Paris – which should be avoided as much as possible as traffic is very unpredictable and time will certainly be lost in traffic jams!  The road via Rouen will add perhaps 30 minutes to your journey and is more pleasant, with only a small section on single carriageway. Alternatively, several alternative routes are suggested on the website www.about-france.com.  You might also want to consult the “Bison Futé” website which will give you the colour-coded traffic status of the French road network.

 

Several options are available for crossing the channel:

 

EUROTUNNEL

 

Folkestone to Calais

 

46 Crossings Daily / 35 min

 

FERRIES

Dover to Calais

DFDS -  Up to 30 daily sailings / 1 hr 30 min

P&O Ferries - Up to 23 daily sailings / 1 hr 30 min

 

Dover to Dunkirk

DFDS -  Up to 24 daily sailings / 2 hrs

Newhaven to Dieppe

DFDS -  Up to 3 daily sailings / 4 hrs

Plymouth to Roscoff

Brittany Ferries - Up to 2 daily sailings / 6 hrs (8 hrs overnight crossing)

 

Poole to Cherbourg

Brittany Ferries - Up to 2 daily sailings / 4:30 hrs

Poole to St-Malo

Condor -  Up to 7 weekly sailings / 6:30 hrs (Change in Jersey)

Portsmouth to St Malo

Brittany Ferries - Up to 7  weekly sailings / 11 hrs

 

Portsmouth to Caen

Brittany Ferries -  Up to 4 daily sailings / 6 hrs (7 hrs overnight crossing)

 

Portsmouth to Cherbourg

Brittany Ferries - Up to 7 weekly sailings / 3 hrs

Portsmouth to Le Havre

Brittany Ferries - Up to 7 weekly sailings / 8:30 hrs (budget overnight crossing)

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train

Eurostar trains from London St Pancras connect with the French TGV network in Paris to Perpignan – note that you must change from Paris Gare du Nord to Paris Gare de Lyon - Tickets can be booked online directly on the Eurostar or Trainline websites.  You can reach Laroque des Alberes from Perpignan either by taxi or by bus - the no. 413 will get you there for 1€.

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plane

Ryanair offers a year round schedule from London Stansted and Birmingham to Perpignan whilst Virgin Connect (formely Flybe) offers a summer schedule from Southampton to Perpignan

 

Alternative airports to consider are:

 

Girona (Spain) - Ryanair from Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick, Leeds, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle. TUI from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester.

 

Beziers - Ryanair from Bristol, Edinburgh, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester

 

Carcassonne - Ryanair from East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Stanstead and Manchester

MontpellierEasyJet from Bristol, London Gatwick and London Luton

                   Norwegian from London Gatwick

                   British Airways from London Heathrow

Toulouse - Ryanair from Edinburgh and London Stanstead

               EasyJet from Bristol, London Gatwick and London Luton

               British Airways from London Heathrow

               Vueling from Birmingham and Edinburg

Barcelona (Spain) - EasyJet from Belfast, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Southend, Manchester and                                  Newcastle

                            Ryanair from Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick, Liverpool, London                                Luton, London Stansted and Manchester

                            Vueling from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester                               Norwegian from London Gatwick and Manchester 

                            Jet2 from Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and                              Newcastle

                            British Airways from London Gatwick, London Luton and London Heathrow

France

Perpignan – 30km/45 minutes

Carcassonne – 155km/1h30 hours

Bezier – 140km/1h30 hours

Montpellier – 190km/2 hours

Toulouse 250km/2h20 hours

Spain

Girona – 95km/1 hour

Barcelona – 190km/2 hours in Spain

Alternatively, if you are flying from anywhere else in Europe, you may want to look at www.skyscanner.net for details of flights nearest you.

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