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Travel Advice 2021

You need to arrange and pay for your own travel to your first hotel and back from your last hotel.

Important: Please arrive at your hotel no later than 7pm (5pm for Brest arrivals) for the full briefing.

The best website for train journeys in France is oui.sncf

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: Brest. Friday 3rd September

  • If you’re arriving from the UK, consider a ferry to Roscoff from where Brest is only 1hr drive or 90 minutes (with a change in Morlaix), by train.
  • Brest has an airport. There are flights from London Southend or from several destinations in France
  • By train from Paris, Brest is only 3.5-4hrs from Montparnasse stattion

(Our hotel is 5km from Brest train station)

 

Return From: Paris Mon 27th Sept

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

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: Brest. Friday 3rd September

  • If you’re arriving from the UK, consider a ferry to Roscoff from where Brest is only 1hr drive or 90 minutes (with a change in Morlaix), by train.
  • Brest has an airport. There are flights from London Southend or from several destinations in France
  • By train from Paris, Brest is only 3.5-4hrs from Montparnasse stattion

(Our hotel is 5km from Brest train station)

 

Return From: Pontivy. Mon 6th September

Train

Loudeac train station is 2skm from Pontivy (Local taxis can be booked the night before). Two changes (either Vannes or St Brieuc and then Paris) will get you to London in 8 to 9 hours (note: transfer by metro or taxi between Gare Montparnasse and Gare du Nord in Paris).

Plane

There is a train from Loudeac (see above) to Paris CDG airport (2 changes) which takes 5hrs and gets you to the airport itself.

www.hop.com have a flights from Lorient to Paris Orly. Lorient is 80km from Mur de Bretagne.

There are flight options with Hop! from other local airports: Rennes, Nantes & Quimper

Travel To: Oyonnax. Friday 10th September.

We have arranged a coach transfer as part of this Loop to help you navigate your journey to Oyonnax. It will leave Geneva airport at 4pm to arrive at the hotel in Oyonnax by 5pm so plan your flights or trains (there’s a train station at Geneva airport) to arrive well before 4pm.

If you arrive after 4pm or would like to make your own way to Oyonnax, that’s fine. Taxis are available at the airport and it’s a 1hr drive.

 

Return From: Bollene (hotel that follows Ventoux). Thursday 16th September.

We have included a transfer to get you from Bollene to either Marseille airport (Marseille TGV station is a short shuttle ride) or Nice airport. The coach will leave the hotel in Bollene at 8am and will drop you at Marseille airport at 9.30 or Nice airport at 11.30. You can plan onward travel accordingly.

If you wish to make your own arrangements, that’s absolutely fine. Bollene is 1hr from Valence TGV station or 45 minutes from Avignon TGV station.

Travel To: Avignon (for Sorgues). Tuesday 14th September.

Our hotel is on the north side of Avignon, only 15-20 minutes taxi ride from Avignon TGV station.

Avignon TGV station is accessible in 1hr from Marseille, 2hrs from Nice and 2.5hrs from Paris Gare de Lyon.

You can get to Avignon direct from Paris CDG airport train station and by train from London in under 7hrs (change in Paris)

 

Return From: Pau (for Luz Ardiden). Friday 24th September.

There are trains direct from Pau to Paris Montparnasse in as little as 4hrs 10. Alternatively, Pau airport is served by Air France (to Paris with onward connections) and Tarbes airport (budget airlines to many international airports) is only 45 minutes by taxi from our Pau hotel.

Travel To: Avignon (for Sorgues). Tuesday 14th September.

Our hotel is on the north side of Avignon, only 15-20 minutes taxi ride from Avignon TGV station.

Avignon TGV station is accessible in 1hr from Marseille, 2hrs from Nice and 2.5hrs from Paris Gare de Lyon.

You can get to Avignon direct from Paris CDG airport train station and by train from London in under 7hrs (change in Paris)

 

Return From: Nimes. Friday 17th September

Nimes is very well connected: trains will take you to Valence, Marseille, Avignon (see above for info) or Paris (under 3hrs) for onward travel.

Nimes also has a local airport with flights to Paris and, in the past, the UK with Ryanair (best check 2021 schedules for updates)

Travel To: Andorra. Monday 20th September.

We have included a coach transfer from Toulouse airport to our hotel in Andorra on Monday 5th. It will leave Toulouse airport at 2.30pm to arrive at our hotel at approx 5.30pm (timed to make the Easyjet flight from London possible). Please book arriving flights or trains (the airport is a short shuttle ride from the train station) accordingly.

Toulouse has a well connected train station with trains to Paris in 4.5hrs.

 

Return From: Pau (for Luz Ardiden). Friday 24th September.

There are trains direct from Pau to Paris Montparnasse in as little as 4hrs 10. Alternatively, Pau airport is served by Air France (to Paris with onward connections) and Tarbes airport (budget airlines to many international airports) is only 45 minutes by taxi from our Pau hotel.

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