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The South West of France, next to the Spanish border has not been the easiest of places to get to for International travellers. Its charm is its rural nature, but the lack of very large cities means that most international travellers have had to change flights or hire cars to get there.
But things are changing. A number of low cost airlines such as flybe have started services to large and small French airports at remarkably cheap prices.
The nearest large airports with scheduled international flights are Bordeaux
to the north, Toulouse to the East, (both served by flybe and to the south, the Spanish airport at Bilbao. Biarritz and Pau, both well served by French internal flights, now have international carriers serving them. Lourdes has charter international flights during the holiday season.
As yet there is no direct ferry service closer than the Spanish port of San Sebastian though rumours abound of future developments. The closest French ports with ferries are Caen, Cherbourg, Roscoff and St Malo, a day's drive away.
The TGV serves a number of stations in the area (though the très grande vitesse only starts north of Bordeaux.
|The main N-S route from Bordeaux to Spain. The motorway from Spain stops a few kilometres north of Bayonne, but merges with the toll-free dual carriageway N10 all the way to Bordeaux. The motorway is a toll road.|
|The main E-W autoroute from Bayonne to Toulouse and the East. Tolls payable.|
|Airport San Sebastian (Irun, Spain)|
|San Sebastian is just over the Spanish border on the coast.|
|Scheduled international flights|
|The main north-south road from Bordeaux to the Spanish border. Between the motorway box round Bordeaux and the start of the A63 the road is all dual carriageway and up to Motorway standards.|
|The main East-West road from Bayonne to Pau and the East. Single carriageway.|
|A West-East road from Bayonne to Dax, Auch and Toulouse.|
|The main road north from Pau to Toulouse.|
|The road north from Tarbes to Agen and Perigaux|
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