Getting to Cauterets
Cauterets is just 45 minutes’ drive from Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées airport which is used by RyanAir and Air France and is only 45km from the resort. Toulouse-Blagnac airport is further away (208km) but served by more airlines. The old railway station in Cauterets is no longer in use but the nearest TGV train station at Lourdes is only 32 km away.
The spa town Cauterets is situated in the Gave de Cauterets valley, approx. 30km southwest of Lourdes and surrounded by the mountains of the Hautes-Pyrenees. Best known for its thermal springs, the area is popular in summer for trekking and cycling and for snowsports in winter. The Cirque de Lys ski area is reached by gondola directly from the town and there is also a skibus service to another small ski area at Pont d’Espagne, 8km away. Access to Cauterets is via the Route Nationale D920.
Nearest Airports to Cauterets and Drive Times
Drive times assume good weather conditions and normal traffic.
Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees 45 km / 45 mins
Pau-Pyrenees 96 km / 1 hour 20 mins
Biarritz 200 km / 2 hours 10 mins
Toulouse-Blagnac 208 km / 2 hours 15 mins
Carcassonne 289 km / 3 hours
Bordeaux 300 km / 3 hours
Pau-Pyrenees, Biarritz and Carcassonne have few, if any, international flights.
If flying from the UK, Ryanair flies 4 times a week from London Stansted to Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees and services to Toulouse Blagnac Airport include 3 flights daily from London Heathrow with British Airways, 3 flights daily from London Gatwick and 1 flight daily from/to Bristol with Easy Jet, and 2 flights weekly to Manchester with Jet2.com
Airport Transfers to Cauterets
Ski-Lifts Private Transfers to Cauterets
Ski-Lifts offer hassle-free, door-to-door transfers from Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees and Toulouse-Blagnac airports to Cauterets with 24/7 English language assistance if needed. Check transfer prices with Ski-Lifts and book online >>>
La Boutique des Pyrenees
La Boutique des Pyrenees is a one-stop travel agency that can arrange transport, including airport transfers, as well as accommodation. Tel: +33 (0) 5 62 56 70 00 or email [email protected]
Pay-per-seat Shuttle Bus Services
The airport shuttle bus service connecting Cauterets with Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport runs on only two days of the week (currently Saturdays and Tuesdays). For further details and reservations, see the airport website (www.tlp.aeroport.fr) or book through La Boutique des Pyrenees.
La Boutique des Pyrenees Travel Agency
Tel: +33 (0) 5 62 56 70 00 or email [email protected]
Getting to Cauterets by Rail
The nearest TGV train station is Gare de Lourdes, just 32 km / 40 minutes from Cauterets. The high-speed train service between Paris Montparnasse and Lourdes runs about 4 times per day and the fastest services takes about 4 hours, 45 minutes, although there are slower services as well. Go to www.voyages-sncf.com for details and to book online. The easiest way to get from the train station to Cauterets is by private transfer. This can be arranged online through Ski-Lifts.
Self-drive Car Hire for Cauterets
Renting a car not only maximises your flexibility in getting to and from the resort but also lets you drive to other nearby resorts such as Grand Tourmalet, about 1 hour 15 mins away.
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Driving to Cauterets
From Paris follow Green route Paris-Limoges-Auch-Les Pyrénées.
From Bordeaux follow A62/E72, A65/E7 to Pau, southeast on A64/E80 to Tarbes, N21 south to Lourdes, D821 to Ayzac-Ost then D913 and D920 to Cauterets.
From Toulouse take A64 / E80 Bayonne-Toulouse motorway, then N21 / D821 towards Lourdes / Ayzac-Ost and D913 / D920 to Cauterets.
Average journey times in good conditions:
- Toulouse – Cauterets 2 hours 15 mins
- Bordeaux – Cauterets 3 hours
- Montpellier – Cauterets 4 hours 15 mins
- Paris – Cauterets 8 hours 30 mins
- Channel ports – Cauterets 11-12 hours