Getting to Vernet

Getting to Vernet

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  • By Plane: the nearest airport is Perpignan. Other airports within about a two hour drive are Béziers, Carcassonne and Girona. The last of these is known as Barcelona (Girona) but is well north of Barcelona (and thus closer to Vernet).
  • By train: the nearest station is Perpignan. The TGV from Paris takes about five hours. Note that the branch line from Perpignan to Villefranche-Vernet-les-Bains is currently closed but is due to re-open in March 2020. With careful planning, it's possible to arrive on the Little Yellow Train from la Tour de Carol (connections to Toulouse and Barcelona).
  • By boat and then driving: Calais and Dunkerque are the obvious ports, but if coming from the north of England, consider also the Hull-Zeebrugge overnight ferry. Zeebrugge isn't much further to drive from than the two French ports.
  • By car from Calais: Try to give Paris a wide berth unless you like heavy traffic. The route round the east side of Paris via the A104 is probably best. Alternatively, miss Paris entirely and drive via Rouen. Once south of Paris, there are essentially three motorway routes to choose from: the western A20 via Limoges, the central A75 via Clermont Ferrand, or the eastern A6 via Lyon. Unusually for France, the long stretch of the A75 from Clermont-Ferrand to Béziers is toll free, apart from the spectacular Millau viaduct (which can be avoided by a detour through the town if you're a cheapskate). The A20 also has a good toll-free stretch between Vierzon and Brive. The eastern route sets you up for some spectacular mountain scenery if you head towards Andorra from Toulouse, via the col (or toll tunnel) de Puymorens. Alternatively, you can continue on the motorway via Carcassonne.
  • From Perpignan airport there is a shuttle and buses into town.
  • From Perpignan, take the 240 bus all the way to Vernet. The bus station is at the back of the train station and is easy to find.

Accommodation

Vernet is well geared-up for an influx of tourists during the holiday season. There is plenty of accommodation to be found on sites such as Booking.com and Airbnb. There are three campsites in the village. Unless you're staying in Vernet itself, you'll probably want a car to get around. You'll probably want one anyway if you're planning food shopping in the main supermarket, which is at the bottom of the hill on the way out of the village. The other villages in our valley, Casteil and Corneilla, are 20-30 minutes walk from Vernet.