Saint-Jean-de-Luz – Tips


Getting there

By Car
By Train
CalaisA28, A1010:30 hoursvia Paris (change of station)
7:50 hours
ParisA107:45 hoursDirect TGV
4:30 hours
DieppeA28, A108:45 hoursvia Rouen then Paris (station change)
8 hours
Le HavreA28, A108:30 hoursvia Paris (change station)
7:50 hours
CherbourgA108:45 hoursvia Paris (station change)
8:45 hours
MarseillesA627 hoursvia Toulouse and Bayonne:
8:15 hours

Air: There is no airport at Saint-Jean-de-Luz, but the Biarritz/Bayonne airport is 20 minutes away.

Ferry: There are no ferries operating to Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The closest city that offers international ferries is Bilbao, Spain.

Within Saint-Jean-de-Luz

The city is flat, with narrow streets. So you’ll not find an enormous public transportation network, since walking in the city centre is easy. The public bus network, called Hegobus, services not only Saint-Jean-de-Luz but also the neighbouring towns.

Access the Hegobus web site to consult their routes and times by clicking here (in English). They also have smartphone apps to tell you not only where you can go for a bus, but it also allows you to buy your tickets with your phone!! Saint-Jean-de-Luz Hegobus logo


Driving in Saint-Jean-de-Luz is not really advised. The streets are narrow and there are not that many parking spots. The city has two large underground parking garages and a few streetside parking spots, however you can during the high season park your car outside the city and take one of the free shuttle buses.


There are some 200 restaurants, and they are predominantly French/Basque style food. You will find a few ethnic restaurants, but they are vastly outnumbered by the local food.

Prices range between cheap and moderate.


You will not find wall-to-wall hotels here, more smaller ones that cater for “normal” crowds, not the jetset. Prices are moderate for most of them.

Things To See/To Do

  • Visit the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church (where the King Louis XIV got married to Marie-Therese of Austria, daughter of the King of Spain). Click here for more info

    Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • Stroll the narrow streets of the city (do walk the Rue Gambetta, full of small shops)
  • Go to the long beach and enjoy a swim in calm waters

    Saint-Jean-de-Luz beach and sea walls
  • Catch a game of cesta punta (Pelota Basque or also known as Jai Alai), world’s fastest speed ball game
  • Visit the Maison Louis XIV (for more information access their website by clicking here)

    Museum Maison Louis XIV in St-Jean-de-Luz
  • Visit the Maison de l’Infante

    Museum Maison de l'Infante at St-Jean-de-Luz
  • Visit the Tourist Office

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