FAQ Local Transport

General advice

France operates, in part, on cash payments. If you arrive from outside Europe, the best way is to use your bank card in the ATM at the airport, buy yourself a coffee to have coins ready to pay the bus driver.
(drivers don’t carry a lot of change)

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

Verify with the bus driver you’re in the right bus.

Ganges is pronounced in a french nasal way, not like the Indian River.

The Montpellier Tram/Bus hub called “OCCITANIE” has no services, shops or cafes.
If you need to kill time, it’s better to linger 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 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.

What are my transport options for getting to and from the event?

On the starting day we’ll have a mini-van ready to pick you up from Montpellier-Airport at 16:30h and Montpellier-Occitanie at 17:30h.

This service is included in the price.

However if you can’t make it at those times, we can arrange to have someone pick you up from
Montpellier Airport (cost 60E), or
Nimes Airport (cost 70E).

Three passengers max.

From Nimes or Montpellier, there are buses going to our village ‘Ganges’ (journey is about a hour). They are reliable, cheap and comfortable, but they’re not frequent. If you decide to use public transport, contact us with questions at meeting[@]thackara[.]com.
But have a look at the links to the bus schedules first:

Bus schedule Montpellier Occitanie to Ganges:
Ligne 608 (direction Le Vigan)

Bus schedule Nimes Gare to Ganges:
Ligne 140 (direction Le Vigan)

Below follows a description of how to come independently by public 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, you’ll find your tram stop for
Tram 1, direction MOSSON.
Get off at tram hub called “Occitanie” (about 20 minutes, cost 1,60E).
At Occitanie, find the bus direction ‘Le Vigan’, ligne 608.
Get off in Ganges at the stop called “Mairie”. (about 1 hour)
It’s 5 minutes walk to us from there.
Bus schedule Montpellier Occitanie to Ganges: Ligne 608.

From Montpellier Airport

Montpellier Airport shuttle bus (called “navette”) to
Montpellier, Place de l’Europe (Cost 1,60E – pay in cash).
Cross the tram line and get on tram 1, direction MOSSON, and
get off at tram stop “Occitanie” (about 20 minutes, cost 1,60E).
At Occitanie, find the bus direction ‘Le Vigan’, ligne 608.
get off in Ganges at the stop called “Mairie”. (about 1 hour)
It’s 5 minutes walk to us from there.
Bus schedule Montpellier Occitanie to Ganges: Ligne 608.

From Nimes Airport

Nimes Airport shuttle bus (called “navette”) to
Nimes Gare (train station and bus station).
Find the bus stop for Ligne 140 (at the far end) direction ‘Le Vigan’.
In Ganges get off at the stop called “Mairie”. ( 1h 15min)
It’s 5 minutes walk to us from there.
Bus schedule Nimes Gare to Ganges: Ligne 140

From Marseille Airport

From Marseille Airport you take a shuttle bus to the train station, get on a train to Nimes (or Montpellier), or get on a OUI-bus to Nimes or Montpellier. From there follow instructions above.

Naturally you can also rent a car. At the airports you’ll find car rentals. Prices for a hire car start at 40€ per day depending on time of year, type- and availability of cars. (for example rentalcars.com/).

  • The Meetup dates 2020

    April 2020:
    arrive Tuesday 21, leave Monday 27

    May 2020:
    arrive Tuesday 19, leave Monday 25

    June 2020:
    arrive Thursday 18, leave Wednesday 24

    July 2020:
    arrive Thursday 09, leave Wednesday 15

    August 2020:
    arrive Thursday 20  – leave Wednesday 26

  • Meetup Guestbook

    • Dominika / October 1, 2019:
      Dear John and Kristi, you’ve created an amazing place, filled with peace and unique energy. A place that adjusts to the pace of the visitor,... »
    • SHUMIN LUO / September 30, 2019:
      First of all, I’m super grateful to John and Kristi who gave me a chance to have a very enjoyable time in their home. It’s... »
    • Michala / September 29, 2019:
      In the place that “chose him”, @john.a.thackara opened his house for small meetups. Not everyday you have the chance to discuss your projects with someone,... »
    • Arely / September 2, 2019:
      The Thackara Meetup 2019 was a wonderful experience overall and a unique opportunity to develop a better understanding of my personal-professional practice. After a week... »
    • Jenny from UK / August 31, 2019:
      For me, the meet-up was truly life-changing; brilliant content, group company, accommodation, food and the waterfalls were to die for! John gave me the boost... »
    • Go from Goldsmiths / August 31, 2019:
      I genuinely enjoyed the every single moment I spent during the week. Thanks to not only the fantabulous Thackara team but also amazing talents from... »
    • Georgina / August 31, 2019:
      John and Kristi, your house is an absolute dream! I felt so welcomed and comfortable. You allowed us to take everything at our own paces,... »
    • Anne / August 31, 2019:
      I was working on my first book and it was amazingly helpful to have the space (both mentally and physically) to concentrate on this whilst... »
    • Gill / April 21, 2018:
      the perfect place to hide out and finish writing that thesis, project proposal, or book »