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    Travel Advice 2019

    You need to arrange and pay for your own travel to your first hotel and back from your last hotel (hotel list is here).

    Important: Please arrive at your hotel no later than 7pm for the full briefing.

    SNCF is useful for all train journeys in France.

    If you’d like to find other riders travelling on the same dates, please use the Strava Club page and create a thread, using the travel destination name for your title for outbound transfers, and the departure town for any return transfers (don’t use the Loop name, because several Loops arrive/depart on the same days). It’s worth doing outbound and return as 2 separate threads.

    Travel To: Brussels, Friday 28th June

    Eurostar trains go direct to Brussels from London.

    Flights to Brussels are possible from most UK airports with Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, BA etc.

    Our hotel is 5 mins taxi from the airport or 20 mins from the centre of Brussels.

     

    Return From: Paris, Monday 22nd July

    Eurostar departures from the Gare du Nord and flights from both CDG and Orly go to all UK airports.

    Travel To: Brussels, Friday 28th June

    Eurostar trains go direct to Brussels from London.

    Flights to Brussels are possible from most UK airports with Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, BA etc.

    Our hotel is 5 mins taxi from the airport or 20 mins from the centre of Brussels.

     

    Return From: Albi, Tuesday 9th July

    The best way to travel back from Albi is via Toulouse. Taxis take 45mins to Toulouse airport or trains take under an hour to Toulouse centre (17 trains per day).

    Then from Toulouse there are flights to most UK airports with Easyjet (Gatwick), BA (Heathrow), Jet2 (Manchester) and Flybe (Birmingham).

    Travel To: Toulouse, Wednesday 10th July

    Our hotel is not far from Toulouse airport. Flights to Toulouse from LHR (BA) or Bristol and Gatwick (Easyjet).

     

    Return From: Paris, Monday 22nd July

    Train: Eurostar departures from the Gare du Nord and flights from both CDG and Orly go to all UK airports.

    Plane: From our hotel, the Gare du Nord is half an hour by metro or a 20 minute/20 euro taxi ride. Both CDG and Orly airports are accessible by public transport (€15 pp) and taxis cost 50-60€.

    Travel To: Toulouse, Wednesday 10th July

    Our hotel is not far from Toulouse airport. Flights to Toulouse from LHR (BA) or Bristol and Gatwick (Easyjet).

     

    Return From: Carcassonne, Monday 15th July

    After finishing cycling in Foix, we’ll have dinner and then transfer to a hotel very close to Carcassonne airport.

    There are direct flights from Carcassonne airport with Ryanair to Stansted, East Midlands and Manchester.

    Otherwise, Toulouse is approx. 1 hr taxi or train from Carcassonne and has flights with Easyjet and BA to Bristol, Heathrow, Gatwick & Birmingham.

    The hotel is 1 km from Carcassonne airport and 4 km from Carcassonne train station.

    Travel To: Toulouse, Wednesday 10th July

    Our hotel is not far from Toulouse airport. Flights to Toulouse from LHR (BA) or Bristol and Gatwick (Easyjet).

     

    Return From: Carcassonne, Monday 15th July

    After finishing cycling in Foix, we’ll have dinner and then transfer to a hotel very close to Carcassonne airport.

    There are direct flights from Carcassonne airport with Ryanair to Stansted, East Midlands and Manchester.

    Otherwise, Toulouse is approx. 1 hr taxi or train from Carcassonne and has flights with Easyjet and BA to Bristol, Heathrow, Gatwick & Birmingham.

    The hotel is 1 km from Carcassonne airport and 4 km from Carcassonne train station.

    Travel To: Gap, Wednesday 17th July

    Train

    Trains to Gap from London are possible: Eurostar from London to Lille and on to Gap (via Lyon or Valence) by TGV.

    Plane

    Flights to Marseille airport with BA, Ryanair, Easyjet.

    Coach route 39 links Marseille airport and Gap centre in 3hrs: see www.info-ler.fr/en/ for more info and to book (alternatively you can book through the Marseille airport website: http://www.marseille-airport.com/access-car-parks/access/by-train-or-by-bus)

    For taxis instead of the bus from Marseille airport, see http://www.marseille-airport.com/access-car-parks/access/taxis

     

    Return From: Lyon Airport, Sunday 21st July.

    After finishing in Val Thorens, we’ll have a celebration dinner and then transfer to a very nice hotel at Lyon airport.

    This means that on Sunday 21st, you’re free to depart at any time from Lyon airport.

    Flights are possible with Easyjet and BA to several UK airports. Or trains direct from Lyon St Exupery station (the airport station) to the UK via Paris.

    Travel To: Gap, Wednesday 17th July

    Train

    Trains to Gap from London are possible: Eurostar from London to Lille and on to Gap (via Lyon or Valence) by TGV.

    Plane

    Flights to Marseille airport with BA, Ryanair, Easyjet.

    Coach route 39 links Marseille airport and Gap centre in 3hrs: see www.info-ler.fr/en/ for more info and to book (alternatively you can book through the Marseille airport website: http://www.marseille-airport.com/access-car-parks/access/by-train-or-by-bus)

    For taxis instead of the bus from Marseille airport, see http://www.marseille-airport.com/access-car-parks/access/taxis

     

    Return From: Lyon Airport, Sunday 21st July.

    After finishing in Val Thorens, we’ll have a celebration dinner and then transfer to a very nice hotel at Lyon airport.

    This means that on Sunday 21st, you’re free to depart at any time from Lyon airport.

    Flights are possible with Easyjet and BA to several UK airports. Or trains direct from Lyon St Exupery station (the airport station) to the UK via Paris.

    Travel To: Brussels, Friday 28th June.

    Eurostar trains go direct to Brussels from London.

    Flights to Brussels are possible from most UK airports with Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, BA etc.

    Our hotel is 5 mins taxi from the airport or 20 mins from the centre of Brussels.

     

    Return From: Epernay, Tuesday 2nd July

    Trains from Epernay to London (change in Paris) take 5hrs.

    Alternatively, trains to Paris (Gare de l’Est) take 1hr20 from where it’s an easy journey to CDG airport and on to flights to most destinations.

    Travel To: Chalon sur Saône, Friday 5th July

    TGV trains stop in Chalon sur Saone. From the CDG airport train station, or from Paris centre (Gare de Lyon), it takes approx 3hrs with one change.

    *Our hotel is 2.5kms from the train station: an easy taxi ride

    Return From: Albi, Tuesday 9th July

    The best way to travel back from Albi is via Toulouse. Taxis take 45mins to Toulouse airport or trains take under an hour to Toulouse centre (17 trains per day).

    Then from Toulouse there are flights to most UK airports with Easyjet (Gatwick), BA (Heathrow), Jet2 (Manchester) and Flybe (Birmingham).

    Travel To: Tarbes, Friday 12th July

    Plane:

    Ryanair flies to Lourdes/Tarbes airport from Stansted. The hotel is a 15 minute taxi rider from the airport.

    AirFrance flies (via Paris) to Pau which is a 45 mins taxi from Tarbes (approx 100 euros) or 40 minutes direct by train from Pau centre.

    Tarbes is 1 hr 45 mins taxi from Toulouse airport (280 euros) or under 2 hrs by train direct from Toulouse centre. Flights from most UK airports to Toulouse with BA, easyjet and flybe.

    TAXIS: Taxis from any airport can be booked in advance. More info at http://www.taxi-tarbes.com/tarifs.htm

     

    Return From: Lyon Airport, Sunday 21st July.

    After finishing in Val Thorens, we’ll have a celebration dinner and then transfer to a very nice hotel at Lyon airport.

    This means that on Sunday 21st, you’re free to depart at any time from Lyon airport.

    Flights are possible with Easyjet and BA to several UK airports. Or trains direct from Lyon St Exupery station (the airport station) to the UK via Paris.

    Travel To: Nîmes, Monday 15th July

    Trains to Nimes via Paris take approx 6rs.

    Ryanair fly to Nimes direct from Stansted.

    Alternatively, Nimes is under an hour from Montpellier (flights with Easyjet) or 90 mins from Marseille (Easyjet, Ryanair, BA).

     

    Return From: Gap, Thursday 18th July.

    Train

    Trains to London are possible with trains from Gap to Lille (via Lyon or Valence) and on to London with Eurostar.

    Plane

    Flights from Marseille airport with BA, Ryanair, Easyjet.

    Coach route 39 links Marseille airport and Gap centre in 3hrs: see www.info-ler.fr/en/ for more info and to book (alternatively you can book through the Marseille airport website: http://www.marseille-airport.com/access-car-parks/access/by-train-or-by-bus)

    For taxis instead of the bus to Marseille airport, see http://www.marseille-airport.com/access-car-parks/access/taxis

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