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Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.
This part of France is well served, with direct flights to at least 4 airports, all of which are near motorways for easy onward access. Car hire is available at all airports, see our car rental recommendations.
From the UK:
easyJet flies to Montpellier from Gatwick. Ryanair flies to Montpellier from Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds; to Perpignan from Birmingham, Bristol and Stansted; to Béziers from Bristol, Luton, Manchester and Stansted; and to Carcassonne from the East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Stansted. Flybe flies from Southampton to Béziers and Perpignan, and from Birmingham to Béziers. Flight times are about 2 hours from London and southern England, and 2.5 hours from northern England and Scotland.
From elsewhere in Europe:
Ryanair has flights to Montpellier from Brussels, to Béziers from Stockholm, to Perpignan from Brussels, and to Carcassonne from Billund, Cork and Porto. Lufthansa flies from Munich to Montpellier, Aer Lingus flies from Dublin to Perpignan, and Iberia flies from Palma de Mallorca to Perpignan.
From outside Europe:
There are few direct flights to the Languedoc from outside Europe. Your best bet is to fly to Paris or [getthere:cotedazur:Nice], then take a domestic Air France flight or catch the train (see below).
Gentler and more ecological than flying, but it takes a little longer. From Lille Europe (connections with the Eurostar) or from Paris Gare de Lyon, the high-speed TGV (train à grande vitesse) races down to Avignon, Nîmes, Montpellier and Marseilles; the latter service then canters gently for 2 hours, stopping at Cannes and Antibes en route to Nice. Journey times from London, changing at Lille Europe, are:
Avignon: 6 hours
Nîmes / Montpellier: 7-7.5 hours
Nice: 9 hours