Biarritz – Tips


Getting there

By Car
By Train
CalaisA28, A109:45 hoursvia Paris (change of station)
9:30 hours
ParisA107:15 hoursDirect TGV
4 hours
DieppeA28, A108:15 hoursvia Rouen then Paris (station change)
7 hours
Le HavreA28, A108 hoursvia Paris (change station)
7:50 hours
CherbourgA108 hoursvia Paris (station change)
8:30 hours
MarseillesA626:30 hoursvia Toulouse (station change) and Bayonne:
8 hours

There are several bus operators going to Biarritz from different cities in France (and Europe):

Bus: There are several long distance bus operators going to this city from different cities in France (and Europe). Click on one of the links below to see which departure city is covered.

Flixbus Logo Flixbus
Ouibus logo Ouibus

By Air

The Biarritz airport is an international airport serving mostly French and European flights (it’s also Bayonne’s airport). The big operators all fly here; EasyJet, Ryanair, Air France, Lufthansa, SAS, SwissAir etc.

Click here to access the airport web site for more information.

Ferry: There are no ferry operators in the area. The closest ferry to the UK would be in Bilbao, Spain.

Within Biarritz

Despite having a few hills, Biarritz is an ideal city to walk around. It’s small enough to get around the city centre on foot, except if you come from the outer limits in the North or South of Biarritz.


There is a bus network, not extensive, but enough to get you around. The bus network is called Chronoplus and you can get more info by clicking here.

Chronoplus bus service of Biarritz
Chronoplus bus service of Biarritz

There are also several free shuttle buses in operation, but you’ll need to check their website to find out for which dates and at what time. Click here to access the site, but be aware, the site is badly done and not in English.

Electric Bicycles

The Tourist Office of Biarritz has electric bicycles on loan to move around their city. The service is free for a day.


Driving a car, particularly a big one, can be problematic. Some of the streets are narrow and there is not that much parking available. If you are looking for a hotel in Biarritz, make sure you get one with a parking.

Biarritz have an interesting parking meter device. It uses sensors/cameras when you park your car. Once parked, you will see how much time you have left to keep your car parked on the spot (for free), and when your time has expired, it shows how long it has been expired. If there are any police around, they can quickly see which cars are to be ticketed.

You can however book parking places in advance by using a smartphone app. It allows you to pay for longer parking than the 30 free minutes. Click here to read more about the OpnGo smartphone app or to get it

Parking meter in Biarritz
Parking meter in Biarritz


There are some 260 restaurants in Biarritz, including 2 1-star Michelin restaurants. Food prices range from moderate to expensive.


It’s an upmarket city, so you will find many expensive hotels, though with some search, you can get moderately priced ones.

Things To See/To Do

  • Walk the long seaside promenade from one side of the city to the other and marvel at all the beautiful buildings

    Seaside promenade of Biarritz
  • Also in the evening, the city is beautiful

    Evening on the Grande Plage of Biarritz
  • Go for a swim in the big municipal swimming pool, overlooking the sea (next to the Barriere Casino on the Big Beach).

    Municipal swimming pool in Biarritz
  • Spend some money in one of the two casinos
  • Go surfing in one of the many beaches

    Surfer un Biarritz
  • Visit the lighthouse
  • Take a spa (upmarket) of the Imperial Spa of the Hotel du Palais.

    Imperial Spa of Biarritz
  • Visit the Museum of the Sea

    The Museum of the Sea of Biarritz
  • Attend a Rugby or a Basque Pelota game.
  • For more information, check out the Biarritz Tourist Office. Click here.

    Biarritz Tourist Office

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