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Air

We have put together a table of airports to fly into and out of as well as the distance and approximate driving time from the airport to us.
Click on the mileage for an airport to get directions from that airport to our gîtes in Cantobre.
The table is listed by our personal preference for use (i.e. how easy it is to get through the airport), time it takes to get from the airport to us, the cost and how much we enjoy the drive! Note that most low cost airlines only operate April-November to some airports, some even just June-August so out of season we tend to use Ryanair to Béziers, Carcassonne or Perpignan. I have colour coded the destinations to indicate what time of the year each route starts and ends, for example: January-December, April-October, June-August.
For trans-continental customers we would advise Toulouse or Marseilles airports as the others tend to be serviced by low cost European airways.

Cars can be hired from all of these airports, check with your airline to see if they offer a deal that includes car hire.

When booking your flights we advise clearing out your cookies first as we think that some airlines MAY use previous search information to change the price. We have had a couple of instances where the price changed with no good reason and clearing the cookies seemed to give the original price!

Crossing the English Channel

You have two options. The quickest, most convenient and therefore the most expensive is Eurotunnel, which is our preference. It’s better for our dog and we generally get put on the next crossing if we turn up early, and with a much lower CO2 output it’s also much greener than a ferry. If you are not that constrained by time, the other option is to take a ferry which is cheaper, they go to places other than Calais, you can get a meal and a snooze but they do take a lot longer. The ferry companies are P&O Ferries, DFDS, Brittany Ferries and from Ireland Stena Line. There are also some comparison websites which can do the leg-work for you, two that we’ve used are AFerry.com and Direct Ferries.

Driving after crossing the English Channel

You can drive to us in one day or two, if you are going to do it in two then going via Rouen and stopping off at Chartres is a good option. We have produced some route guides to help you get here, each one has options for avoiding toll motorways and has links to google maps to show you the route. Click on the route to view the itinerary in an internet browser or download the PDF by clicking on the red download symbol. The times are for driving non-stop with a maximum dual carriageway speed of 112 km/hr and you can reduce times for motorway routes by about an hour by driving at the maximum speed limit. Click on a time to see the map.
Calais via Paris (9:15 hr, 69 € tolls) Download PDF
Calais via Rouen (10:30 hr, 50 € tolls; 12 hr toll free) Download PDF
Dieppe (9 hr, 42 € tolls; 10 hr toll free) Download PDF
Le Havre (9 hr, 48 € tolls; 10:30 hr toll free) Download PDF
Caen (8:30 hr, 63 € tolls; 10 hr toll free) Download PDF

Other routes by road

Motorway: See here for an Autoroute planner showing toll costs

Driving from the north, crossing Millau Viaduct saves you about 10 minutes but costs between 7 € and 10 € in tolls. We recommend driving through Millau and then up the Dourbie valley (D991). Millau Viaduct
Clermont-Ferrand (257km) by toll free A75 and Millau town (2:50 hr)

Montpellier (93km) by toll free A750 and A75. Exit 48 : La Cavalerie or Exit 49 : Le Caylar (1:10 hr)

Béziers (100km) by toll free A75, Exit 48 : La Cavalerie or Exit 49 : Le Caylar (1:10 hr)

Non-Motorway:
Rodez (103 km) by N88, D29, D911, D991 (1:35 hr)
Albi (125 km) by D999, D991 (2:10 hr)
Toulouse (210 km) by A68, N68, D999, D991 (2:45 hr) (tolls 2 €)

Bus:
All regional routes to Millau see Millau Bus station Millau (27 km, 38 mins) by D991 (Line : D34 Millau Station - Cantobre)

Train

For all schedules see SNCF/TGV website
TGV (high speed train) to Montpellier and Béziers.
Local Lines to Millau from Toulouse, Rodez, Béziers and Montpellier.

Air

We have put together a table of airports to fly into and out of, as well as the distance and approximate driving time from the airport to us.
Click on the mileage for an airport to get directions from that airport to us.
The table is listed by our personal preference for use (i.e. how easy it is to get through the airport), time it takes to get from the airport to us, the cost and how much we enjoy the drive! Note that most low cost airlines only operate April-November to some airports, some even just June-August so out of season we tend to use Ryanair to Béziers, Carcassonne or Perpignan. I have colour coded the destinations to indicate what time of the year each route starts and ends, for example: January-December, April-October, June-August.
For trans-continental customers we would advise Toulouse or Marseilles airports as the others tend to be serviced by low cost European airways.

Cars can be hired from all of these airports, check with your airline to see if they offer a deal that includes car hire.

When booking your flights we advise clearing out your cookies first as we think that some airlines MAY use previous search information to change the price. We have had a couple of instances where the price changed with no good reason and clearing the cookies seemed to give the original price!

Airports...

Airport Flying IntoAirlineAirport Flying Out Of
Béziers
110 km, 68.75 miles
1:20 hr
Ryanair London (Luton)
London (Stansted)
Bristol
Manchester
Edinburgh
Düsseldorf (Weeze)
Stockholm (Skavsta)
Paris (Beauvais)
Carcassonne
200 km, 125 miles
2:05 hr
Ryanair London (Stansted)
Manchester
East Midlands
Glasgow (Intl.)
Cork
Dublin
Brussels (Charleroi)
Porto
Montpellier
110 km, 68.75 miles
1:30 hr
Ryanair Leeds (Bradford)
Brussels (Charleroi)
Frankfurt (Hahn)
easyJet London (Gatwick)
London (Luton)
Basel (BSL)
transavia Rotterdam (The Hague)
Aer Lingus Dublin
Eurowings Düsseldorf (DUS)
KLM Amsterdam
Nîmes
155 km, 96.875 miles
1:50 hr
Ryanair London (Stansted)
London (Luton)
Liverpool
Brussels (Charleroi)
Fez
Perpignan
195 km, 121.875 miles
2:00 hr
Ryanair London (Stansted)
Birmingham
Brussels (Charleroi)
Flybe Southampton
Edinburgh
East Midlands
Exeter
Glasgow (Intl.)
London (Southend)
Manchester
Aberdeen
Aer Lingus Dublin
Rodez
105 km, 65.625 miles
1:40 hr
Ryanair Dublin
Brussels (Charleroi)
Toulouse
210 km, 131.25 miles
2:45 hr
Ryanair London (Stansted)
Brussels (Charleroi)
Berlin (Schoenefeld)
Fez
Madrid
Malta
easyJet London (Gatwick)
London (Luton)
Bristol
Porto
Berlin (Schoenefeld)
Basel (BSL)
Amsterdam
Malaga
Valencia
Flybe Birmingham
Manchester
Isle of Man
Belfast City
Edinburgh
Aberdeen
British Airways London (Heathrow)
Jet2 Manchester
Aer Lingus Dublin
KLM Amsterdam
Eurowings Hamburg
Marseille
250 km, 156.25 miles
2:50 hr
Ryanair Edinburgh
London (Stansted)
Brussels (Charleroi)
Eindhoven
Fez
Porto
Madrid
Malaga
Seville
Ibiza
Mallorca
Valencia
Zadar
Malta
easyJet London (Gatwick)
Bristol
Manchester
Glasgow (Intl.)
London (Luton)
Amsterdam
Berlin (Schoenefeld)
Aer Lingus Dublin
British Airways London (Heathrow)
KLM Amsterdam
Eurowings Düsseldorf (DUS)
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