FAQ Local Transport

Getting to Ganges without flying

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Blablabus The long-distance coach subsidiary of SNCF. https://www.blablacar.fr/bus/destinations/montpellier-2

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Local transport options

Collection service

Sometimes we can arrange to have someone pick you up from Montpellier Airport (cost 75€ for the pick-up), or Nimes Airport (cost 90€), or Montpellier Occitanie Tram Hub (cost: 50€)

Bus

From Nimes or Montpellier, there are buses going to GANGES (our village); journey is about a hour. They are reliable, cheap and comfortable – but they’re not frequent. Here below are the bus schedules:

Bus schedule Montpellier Occitanie to Ganges: Ligne 608 (direction Le Vigan, but get off at Ganges ‘Mairie’)

Bus schedule Nimes Gare to Ganges: Ligne 140 (direction Le Vigan, but get off at Ganges ‘Mairie’, or at ‘Av. Mont Aiguoal’. Ticket 1,50€)

It’s 5 minutes walk to us from there (stay in touch by phone, somebody will meet you at the bus stop).

If you decide to use public transport, but want to check your route, contact us with questions at meeting[@]thackara[.]com.

Connecting with local transport

From Montpellier Gare St. Roch (train station)
In front of the station there’s a street lined with tall palm trees and tram rails. On the right side, heading up hill, you’ll find your tram stop. Buy a ticket In the machine before boarding; cost 1,60€.
Take Tram 1, direction MOSSON.
Get off at tram stop OCCITANIE (about 20 minutes).
At Occitanie, walk 50 metres to the bus stop for Ligne 608, direction LE VIGAN.
Get off in GANGES at the stop called “Mairie”; about 1 hour.
It’s 5 minutes walk to us from there (stay in touch by phone, somebody will meet you at the bus stop).
Bus schedule Montpellier Occitanie to Ganges: Ligne 608.

From Montpellier Sud de France (TGV train station)
Take the Navette shuttle (every 20 minutes) to Place de France.
Then take Tram 1 direction MOSSON to OCCITANIE (about 30m)
Intermodal ticket with city bus/tramway included: 2.60 €
Navette schedule Sud de France

From Montpellier Airport
Take the Montpellier Airport Navette (shuttle bus) to Montpellier, Place de l’Europe. (leaves every 30 min. Intermodal ticket with city bus/tramway included: 2.60 €) Navette schedule Airport
Cross the tram line and Take Tram 1, direction MOSSON.
Get off at tram stop OCCITANIE (about 20 minutes).
At Occitanie, walk 50 metres to the bus stop for Bus Ligne 608. direction LE VIGAN.
Get off in GANGES at the stop called Mairie (about 1 hour.)
It’s 5 minutes walk to us from there (stay in touch by phone, somebody will meet you at the bus stop).
Bus schedule Montpellier Occitanie to Ganges: Ligne 608.

From Nimes Airport
Take Nimes Airport Navette (shuttle bus) to Nimes Gare (train station and bus station).
Find the bus stop for Ligne 140 (at the far end, to the right) direction LE VIGAN.
In Ganges get off at the stop called “Mairie”. (1h 15min)
It’s 5 minutes walk to us from there (stay in touch by phone, somebody will meet you at the bus stop).
Bus schedule Nimes Gare to Ganges: Ligne 140

From Marseille Airport
From Marseille Airport take a shuttle bus to Gare Marseille Saint-Charles (train/bus station), then take a train to Nimes (or Montpellier. Nimes is shorter, Montpellier has more buses).
Or get on a OUI-bus/BlaBlaBus to Nimes or Montpellier. From there follow instructions above.

Car rental
If you come by car, or rent one, we can recommend parking options near the house. Off-street or secure parking are not available.

General advice

French buses still operate, in part, on cash payments and bus drivers don’t carry a lot of change. If you arrive from outside Europe and want to obtain euros, the best way is to use your bank card in one of the ATM’s at the airport, and then buy yourself a coffee to have coins ready to pay the bus driver.

There are no toilets in buses or at tram stations so use the WC at the airport.

Verify with the bus driver that you are on the right bus.

Ganges is pronounced G-ARN-J (not like the Indian river Gangeez.)

In Montpellier, the Tram/Bus hub OCCITANIE – where you will catch a bus to Ganges – has no services, shops or cafes. If you have time to spare, it’s better to spend it in the city center near any tram stop that serves TRAM 1 (the blue tram with the white birds, every 10 minutes, direction MOSSON. Get on that tram ca 30 minutes before your bus departure at Occitanie.

(A pleasant way to linger might be to walk from the station to Place de la Comedie (5 minutes), have a coffee there, wander through the city in the direction of the Arc de Triomph to end up at the Botanical Gardens (15/20 minutes). Around the corner from there is the tram stop called Place Albert Premier, get on tram 1, direction MOSSON, and get off at Occitanie, about 10 minutes depending on traffic.)



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