As I’ve been living in France for a while and always have an eye out for a good deal I thought I’d share 3 ways of getting around on a budget, specifically how to travel Languedoc-Roussillon. Even with offers on SNCF trains (the national operator) this is often a pricey mode of transport.
It’s true. The regional train network runs a website called www.train1euro.fr. Tickets appear around 2 weeks ahead of departure date. Great destinations include Montpellier, Nîmes, Avignon, and Perpignan, not to mention using it to connect to trains into neighbouring regions! Thank you friendly student barmaid for this gem.
Herault Transport Buses
Particularly useful if you are departing from Montpellier, this bus network (in French) will take you anywhere for 1€60 one-way. The Herault département is incredibly well serviced and has served me well on many weekends, including trips to the beach in summer.
BlaBlaCar covers all of France and is an incredibly popular way of travelling. It’s car sharing. You login, search your desired journey and choose from the results based on time of departure, age, and ratings amongst the criteria. It’s far cheaper than normal trains and you get to chat with a friendly local! The only downside is you can get stuck in traffic but the price difference between it and the trains far outweighs the risk.
If renting a car is more up your street you can find great deals on Drivy. It’s much cheaper than going with operators such as Budget or Hertz because you’re renting directly from car owners. You arrange a time and place to exchange contracts and car and payments are sorted out before you meet.