With the holiday season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to discover some of the local traditions on the other side of the border, putting behind the stress of the daily commute with a much cooler means of travel. To help get you into the spirit, we’ve put together a section on unmissable events over the festive season, listing the most straightforward, affordable and practical means of getting to them. So hop on board the Transfermuga sleigh this Christmas! More…
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Hegobus is the new bus network of the Agglomerátion Sud Pays Basque. With its 10 lines, it enables to serve Saint-Jean-de-Luz (lines 1 to 3), Hendaye (lines 4 and 5), and all the surrounding municipalities (lines 20 to 24):
For more information: plan and timetables
The lines can be accessed with a 1€ ticket. It can be bought in the bus and enables the use of the whole network for one hour. Single tickets and a strip can be bought in the bus, travel books of 10 trips or 7-days tickets can be bought at the office in front of the Saint-Jean-de-Luz rail station or from agents – agents
Tip – the daily price is the same when you are alone or with four other persons, as long as you are travelling together: 5€ for 24 hours, 10€ for a full week! more information
You pay the same price everywhere! 1€ in Saint-Jean-de-Luz as in Hendaye, but also all the other municipalities.
Tip: How to pay even less? By subscribing: 20 euros per month will enable you to do unlimited travels. Better, if you use the network to go to work, you can benefit from a 50% sale from your employer (10€ per month) – subscribe online
You will not lose your usual habits! In Saint-Jean-de-Luz, you will find your Itzulia lines with some changes. At Hendaye’s side, the lines 4 and 5 take over the blue and green paths of Uribil, with some changes. The Erlaitza line becomes the line 20, and the lines to Sare and Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle have the numbers 21 and 22.
You discover new lands! You can simply go by bus to Ahetze or Arbonne for example. You can also go directly to Biarritz (rail station) and even cross the border (Irun, Behobia).
Tip – I can cross the border! The line 4 connects to the center of Irun (and a tour in Mendibil) and the line 5 connects to les ventas de Behobia, directly from all the neighborhoods of Hendaye.
You have only one contact, only one network, a toll-free number that may provide you with assistance: 0 800 891 891.
Almost all lines travel every day, even on Sundays.
The lines 1, 2, 3 serve Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Ciboure. There is a Line 1 every hour from 7h to 21h.
The lines 4 and 5 run every hour. They continue their path until reaching Irun in order to connect to Irunbus and Lurraldebus network (especially to serve Fontarrabie).
Attention, on lines 21 to 24, it may be necessary to book the bus ticket the day before by calling toll-free 0 800 891 891.
If you live far from a line, you can still book the bus to reach you destination (this TAD service costs the same price as a normal journey by bus). In every area, the service is available two days per week from 9 am to 5 pm, from your home to predefined points of the network – Information
The Hegobus network will be integrated in the route calculator that we will implement by the end of 2016. You will very soon be able to plan your journeys to discover beautiful lands in the Agglomerátion Sud Pays Basque.
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Where to park?
The Council has established two main zones where parking is regulated, and they are paid zones open every day of the week from 10am to 8pm:
Be careful, because although the parking rates are the same, the categories are different, especially the maximum parking time. This can be seen on the signs and the colours of the road surface.
How much does it cost?
In places where the Traffic and Parking Ordinance is in place, the following rates are applied:
It is necessary to enter the vehicle registration number into the machine, and to display the ticket on the vehicle.
Tip: if after parking the car, and going for example to eat in a restaurant, you realise that you have not put enough money in, yo can use the closest parking meter, even if it was not the one you used the first time. You will simply need to enter your car registration number and add the necessary amount of money.
What if I prefer another form of transport?
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The sun has returned to the Basque coast and, with it, the tourists in search of the magnificent landscapes that the region offers. Being honest, all of them would like to discover the best surfing spots that the locals claim to know, while drinking a coffee after having caught some good morning waves… But it is not so simple!
We have decided to help you to look for good surfing spots, with the collaboration of a top level associate, the Departmental Tourism Committee. On one hand, because we have been working with the Department since the beginning on our Transfermuga project. On the other hand, because we believe that they do a great job. Thanks to their website www.paysbasque-tourisme.com, you can access all of the available information that makes it possible to discover or rediscover the Basque Country, well-known surf spots as well as secret ones too.
“Passez en mode basque” (“Do things the Basque way”) is the invitation that goes out to tourists from all over the world. It is quite a cool way to praise the different activities that can be found, including:
However, above all, the website is a good tool for finding comprehensive information about activities and accommodation that makes it possible to plan holidays in the Basque Country.
However, above all, what we want to show you is the internet video that has really got people talking, and which has been viewed almost 500,000 times. This makes it possible to discover the Basque Country all over the world, and even to attract local people.
For our part, in collaboration with Transfermuga.eu, we continue in the same sector in order to offer you the greatest amount of possible information about transport offers (bicycle, train, bus, car shares…). And we want to offer you a few suggestions for summer:
Therefore, thanks to the offers of Transfermuga.eu and Paysbasque-tourisme.com you have no excuses not to come and discover the most remote spots in the Basque Country.
What flights are available? Biarritz “Basque Country” Airport (code AITA : BIQ • code OACI : LFBZ) provides a gateway from the centre of the Côte Basque-Adour agglomeration to many European capitals. – link
Where is the airport located? The airport is located in the Côte Basque-Adour agglomeration. – link
How do you get to the airport?
More information. Here you can find more information on timetables and airport parking, etc. – link (en)
Several bus companies operate throughout the entire region. However, the stops are not necessarily the same for all of the companies.
Irún-Ficoba: the Euskotren Ficoba Train Station is located close to the Congress Centre (Iparralde Hiribidea) and the Santiago inns. It has 900 parking spots, free between 8am and 10pm (exit also authorised after 10pm) – geolocation / access map
Irún-Colón: The Irún-Colon Euskotren train station is located right in the centre of Irún (Paseo Colón). Different modes of urban and interurban (Lurraldebus) transport provide access to it – geolocation / access map
Irun-Renfe: Irún’s international train station is located closed to the Paseo Colón in Irún (geltokiko kalea). It offers travels across to all of Spain thanks to medium and long distance, as well as high speed trains, and several bus companies (Alsa…) – geolocation / information