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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Montpellier

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Montpellier and Perpignan each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

March or April: Easter Monday (national holiday)

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!

May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.

June 21: Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)

Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are held in the streets and at various venues across both Montpellier and Perpignan.

July 14: Bastille Day (national holiday)

This holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution. It plays as a symbol of the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. In Montpellier and Perpignan, festivities similar to those in all other French cities are organised: parades, concerts and fireworks displays.

August 15: Assumption Day (national holiday)

This celebration, still very popular in Montpellier and Perpignan, is marked by the faithful with religious processions and ceremonies through the streets.

Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)

The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public, such as castles and private collections. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll through the city to admire architectural treasures!

November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)

French citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

December 31: New Year's Eve (national event)

On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Montpellier and Perpignan, with families and friends celebrating the new year.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Montpellier

Montpellier and Perpignan enjoy a typically Mediterranean climate. In Montpellier, temperatures are almost always pleasant and mild. The city boasts one of the highest number of days of sunshine per year in France. Rainstorms can occasionally be violent, causing flash floods in the area of the city cut through by the river Verdanson. Perpignan has a similar climate: winters are mild and summers are hot and dry, although the tramontana northerly wind sweeps through the city frequently during the summer, moderating temperatures somewhat.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 3/37 12/54 55/2.2 Not the best period to go
February 3/37 13/55 51/2.0 Not the best period to go
March 6/43 16/61 34/1.3 Not the best period to go
April 9/48 18/64 55/2.2 Good period to go Good period to go
May 12/54 22/72 42/1.7 Good period to go Good period to go
June 16/61 26/79 27/1.1 Good period to go Good period to go
July 19/66 29/84 16/0.6 Good period to go Good period to go
August 19/66 29/84 34/1.3 Good period to go Good period to go
September 15/59 25/77 80/3.1 Good period to go Good period to go
October 12/54 20/68 96/3.8 Good period to go Good period to go
November 7/45 15/59 66/2.6 Not the best period to go
December 4/39 12/54 67/2.6 Not the best period to go
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Montpellier and Perpignan International Airports

Montpellier Méditerranée Airport

The airport is located in Mauguio, about eight kilometres (five miles) southeast of the city centre.
  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Montpellier and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the D172 and D66.
    • One drop-off area (0 to 10 minutes for free) and three parking areas at the airport, for short, medium and long-term stays. From EUR 3.60 to EUR 6.10 for 1 hour, and EUR 15 for 1 day.
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall.
  • By shuttle bus
    • Bus line 620 connects the airport with Place de l'Europe. The trip takes about 25 minutes and the fare is EUR 1.60 each way. Buses to the city centre run every day between 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 p.m., and buses to the airport run from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside the terminal. The trip to central Montpellier takes about 20-30 minutes and costs around EUR 25 (EUR 35 at night).
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +33 (0)8 25 83 00 03 (EUR 0.12 EUR/minute + call cost)
  • Website: https://montpellier-airport.com/

Perpignan-Rivesaltes International Airport


The Perpignan-Rivesaltes International Airport serves the entire French administrative department of Pyrénées-Orientales. It is located about eight kilometres (three miles) north of Perpignan.
  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Perpignan and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the D5 local road or A9 motorway (La Catalane).
    • A parking facility with a total of 517 spaces is available (free for the first 15 minutes, EUR 3 for up to 1 hour, EUR 18 for 1 day, EUR 20 for 2 days and EUR 10 for each additional day).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall.
  • By bus
    • Line 7 buses run every hour Monday to Saturday (7:10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from the airport and 5:55 a.m. to 7.25 p.m. from Perpignan city centre). Three buses run on Sunday and holidays. Travel time is around 20 minutes. A single ticket costs EUR 1.30 and a return ticket EUR 2.30.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside the terminal. The trip to central Perpignan costs around EUR 25 (EUR 35 at night).
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +33 (0)4 68 52 60 70
  • Website: https://www.aeroport-perpignan.com/
  • Train + Air Service
  • Customers connecting to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) who have an Air France flight number must visit the Train + Air desk at the Montpellier Saint-Roch station between 24 hours and 20 minutes before departure: train tickets will be issued to them upon presentation of a valid airplane ticket.
  • You will find all necessary information on the website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/resainfovol/avion_train/reservation_avion_train_tgvair_airfrance.htm
  • The Montpellier Saint-Roch TGV station is located at place Auguste Gibert, 34011 Montpellier. It is open from 4:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 5:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. From the station, you can access:
    – Public transport: tramway (lines 1, 2, 3 and 4), Montpellier Airport shuttles (connections to tram lines 1 and 4), intercity buses and city buses (lines 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12).
    – Private transport: drop-off area, taxis, car hire companies, parking facilities, bike hire companies.

For all necessary information about the Train + Air desk, please visit https://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/frmpl/montpellier-saint-roch/services

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GETTING AROUND Montpellier

Montpellier offers excellent public transport options. The city's buses and trams can get you almost anywhere, and run late into the evening. If your destination is not on the bus routes or tram lines, you can always take a taxi or walk. In fact, the city's entire historic centre, one of the largest in France, is a pedestrian zone.

Perpignan is a relatively compact city and most sights are within walking distance of each other. If desired, the city also has an efficient network of bus routes covering the entire metropolitan area.

Montpellier by bus

Montpellier has 41 bus routes covering the whole metropolitan area. There is one night bus: the Amigo, which runs from destinations in the city centre to night clubs and dance spots on the outskirts (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 6:25 a.m.) One ticket costs EUR 1.60. For further information about the public transportation system in Montpellier, please visit the https://www.tam-voyages.com website.

Montpellier by tram

With four lines serving the entire city, trams are an efficient way of getting around Montpellier. Trams run every day of the year (except 1 May) from 4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. (2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). A single ticket costs EUR 1.60. For more information, please visit the https://www.tam-voyages.com website.

Montpellier by bicycle

Bicycles are an ideal solution for exploring Montpellier, which offers more than 137 km (85 miles) of cycling paths. Bike lanes have even been set up on some of the city's sidewalks. Vélomagg, the city's public bike-sharing system, has 57 stations distributed throughout the city, along the routes taken by the buses and trams. The rental fee is just EUR 0.50 per hour (and you get the first two hours free). For further information, please visit https://www.tam-voyages.com/presentation/?rub_code=1&thm_id=6

Montpellier by taxi

Taxis are another option for getting around Montpellier. Expect to pay around EUR 2.50 per kilometre (EUR 3.50 at night).

Perpignan by bus

Buses are the most convenient mode of transport to travel both shorter and longer distances in the city and the surrounding area. Sankéo-operated routes serve all areas of the city as well as nearby towns. A single ticket costs EUR 1.30. For more information, go to https://www.sankeo.com

Perpignan by taxi

Taxis are a useful option for getting around Perpignan. Expect to pay around EUR 1.50 per kilometre (EUR 2 at night).

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Montpellier or Perpignan, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Montpellier Tourist Office

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

Perpignan Tourist Office

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

French Travel Guide

The official tourism website of France has plenty of information available on Montpellier and Perpignan.

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in France is the Euro (EUR).

INR 1 = EUR 0.01

EUR 1 = INR 100

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. The cities of Montpellier and Perpignan count several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Perpignan and Montpellier.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for France

As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:

  • Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation
  • Citizens or nationals of some foreign countries.

For stays of more than 90 days, a long-stay visa is required.
Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure.
For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/requesting-a-visa/

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Useful addresses

Directory of foreign embassies and consulates in France

Contact information for the embassies and consulates of your country is accessible in the directory of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr./en/
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Montpellier and Perpignan, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Montpellier or Perpignan a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour (morning) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bonjour (morning)</em>

Good evening: Bonsoir Good evening: <em>Bonsoir</em>

Goodbye: Au revoir Goodbye: <em>Au revoir</em>

Yes: Oui Yes: <em>Oui</em>

No: Non No: <em>Non</em>

No, thank you: Non, merci No, thank you: <em>Non, merci</em>

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup Thank you very much: <em>Merci beaucoup</em>

Please: S'il vous plaît Please: <em>S'il vous plaît</em>

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas I don't understand: <em>Je ne comprends pas</em>

Could you repeat?: Pouvez-vous répéter ? Could you repeat?: <em>Pouvez-vous répéter ?</em>

What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il ? What time is it?: <em>Quelle heure est-il ?</em>

Sorry: Pardon
Excuse me: Excusez-moi Sorry: <em>Pardon</em><br />
Excuse me: <em>Excusez-moi</em>

Airport: Aéroport Airport: <em>Aéroport</em>

Train station: Gare Train station: <em>Gare</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hôtel Hotel: <em>Hôtel</em>

Hospital: Hôpital Hospital: <em>Hôpital</em>

Bank: Banque Bank: <em>Banque</em>

Telephone: Téléphone Telephone: <em>Téléphone</em>

I'm (…): Je suis (…) I'm (…): <em>Je suis (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Je recherche (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ? How much is (…)?: <em>Quel est le prix de (…) ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>Avez-vous (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Où puis-je trouver (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Où puis-je acheter (…) ?</em>

I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…) I'd like (…): <em>Je voudrais (…)</em>

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Good to know

+33
+ phone number (without 0)
-4 : 30
of time difference with
Delhi
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks
Usually open Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (12:30 p.m. on Saturdays)
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
In Perpignan and Montpellier, like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.

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