Walking around the territory
Pedestrian zones (Ecusson - Antigone - Saunerie)
Montpellier's downtown pedestrian zone is one of the largest in Europe. The central "Ecusson" area, named for its badge shape, offers pleasant walks and many fabulous surprises. Visitors meandering along the city's pedestrian streets encounter buildings, plazas and courtyards, each more splendid than the other. Montpellier’s center is filled with lively shopping streets where visitors can pick up something special or wander about discovering the downtown area's many quaint boutiques.
Bicycling around the territory
Vélomagg' is a self-serve bicycle rental system inaugurated by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole in June 2007.
With Vélomagg', bikes can be rented on-demand for half a day and for longer periods -- 3 to 12 months, or simply for a quick trip to the beach.
Would you like to book that bike with your cell phone? How about an electric bicycle? Discover all the different Vélomagg' options and the many bike stations at your service.
Driving around the territory
Car-sharing is another aspect of our complete multi-modal offering, giving you an easy and reliable way to get around. The Modulauto service lets you use a car just when you need it, at any time of day or night. Cars may be picked up at Modulauto stations.
Car rental instructions
- Book your vehicle for the desired time period on modulauto.net or via telephone by calling +33 (0)4 67 58 06 06 (2 € per reservation).
- Go to the Modulauto station of your choice and use your pass (magnetic badge given to you when you register for the program) to pick up the car.
- Drive around wherever you need to go.
- Bring the car back to the station where you picked it up and lock it using your pass.
Taking public transportation around the territory
With 4 tramway lines and 56 kilometers of rails, the new network covers 8 cities in the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole area. Its 84 tramway stops give access to 45% of the local workforce and 50% of the overall population. The network's 4 lines criss-cross the territory, making everyday life easier for residents by reducing traffic congestion, making commutes faster and more reliable, and encouraging cost-effective and sustainable transportation methods.
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole cities are served by 30 bus lines. These buses give residents a network that covers the territory and encourages public transportation for many people. When tramway lines 3 and 4 were launched, bus service was adapted to provide the most complementary bus-tramway service possible.
Rail transportation outside the territory
The Montpellier-Saint-Roch train station is a French railway station open to all travelers. SNCF and TER trains use this station for regional transportation. As part of the national train system, Montpellier-Saint-Roche is one of the main stations in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, located between Nîmes and Sète.
It also serves as a major transportation hub. The train station offers convenient connections to the area's bus and tramway systems at the Gare Saint-Roch stop. This stop serves most city bus lines and all four tramway lines.
In France and abroad SNCF (French train network, station opening hours, train schedules).
Driving around the territory
Autoroutes du Sud de la France (ASF) is a VINCI Autoroutes company. It is the leading motorway operator in France and the second largest in Europe. ASF oversees 2,639 kilometers of motorways in France. With the other VINCI Autoroutes companies, this represents 49% of the French network concession.
- Regionally: Hérault Transport shuttles, road and motorway network
- Nationally: Motorway network (A9 and A75)
- Internationally: Motorway network > near Spain and Italy
Montpellier-Barcelona: 3 hours 15 minutes
Montpellier-Italian border: 3 hours 37 minutes
Traveling outside the territory by airplane
The Montpellier Méditerranée airport is located within the city limits of nearby Mauguio, in Fréjorgues (whose name was used for the airport until 1994). The airport's official name is now "Aéroport de Montpellier Méditerranée". It is located about 7 kilometers from the Montpellier city center. With some 1.313 million passengers in 2011, the airport is the 11th largest in metropolitan France.
Many regular flights connect Montpellier to Paris. There are generally four flights per day to Paris Roissy-Charles-de-Gaule and eight to Paris Orly.
- Roadmap: from the motorway, take exit 29 (“Montpellier Est").
- Shuttles: there is a shuttle bus service connects the airport and downtown Montpellier, starting right next to the Place de l'Europe stop on tramway line 1. The trip takes about 15 minutes. The shuttle ticket costs 1.50 euros (one-way), or you may get a shuttle + tramway/TAM network ticket for 2.40 euros (one-way).