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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Traveling to Auvergne from the UK

This page was updated on: Thursday, May 31, 2018 at: 9:02 pm

Destination - Auvergne

Auvergne is a region of dormant volcanoes, an island located in the heart of France.

Its many lakes, rivers and springs have earned it the nickname of Château d’Eau de la France – Water Tower of France.

A region of well-rooted traditions, Auvergne boasts eleven communities ranked among the Plus Beaux Villages de France.

A region of lush pastures growing on the rich volcanic soil and dedicated to cattle breeding, Auvergne produces five renowned AOC cheeses and a gastronomy of quality

A region of mountains, Auvergne is an ideal for hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, cycling, vélorails, canoeing or paragliding during summer, and excellent value for money holidays.

Traveling to Auvergne from the UK is easy despite the distance.

Here are the links to the various official sites you’ll need:

Traveling to Auvergne from the UK - Air travel information

Clermont-Ferrand

The Aéroport de Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne is located 6.5km east of the city.

Ryanair operates to Clermont-Ferrand from London Stansted.

It’s very convenient to take the train to go to town, as it is a 10mn journey; the station is a 5mn walk from the terminal and is connected to it by a footpath.

Traveling to Auvergne from the UK - Ferry travel information

Brittany Ferries operates from:

- Portsmouth to Caen-Ouistreham, Cherbourg, Le Havre and St Malo
- Poole to Cherbourg
- Plymouth to Roscoff
- Cork to Roscoff

Condor Ferries operates a weekly ferry service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, from late May to early September, and Catamaran services from Poole and Weymouth to Saint Malo via the Channel Islands.

LD Lines - DFDS Seaways operates services from Newhaven to Dieppe and Dover to Calais or Dunkirk.

P&O operates from Dover to Calais.

You can compare ferry prices on aferry.co.uk

Traveling to Auvergne from the UK - Car travel information

Here are the distances using motorways (with tolls) and/or dual-carriage ways from:

- Calais to Clermont-Ferrand (709km)

- Caen-Ouistreham to Clermont-Ferrand (607km)

- Cherbourg to Clermont-Ferrand (716km)

- Le Havre to Clermont-Ferrand (604km)

- Roscoff to Clermont-Ferrand (799km)

- Saint-Malo to Clermont-Ferrand (656km)

N.B. The speed limit on two-way roads will change on 1st JULY 2018.

Traveling to Auvergne from the UK - Car Rental travel information

Aéroport de Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne: care rental

Traveling to Auvergne from the UK - Rail travel information

Eurotunnel links Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes.

Eurostar links London St Pancras to Paris - Gare du Nord in 2h20 or 2h30, with an average of 15 trains per weekday; gates close 40mn prior to departure.

Once in Paris, you'll connect on a TGV (SNCF) from Gare de Paris-Bercy to your destination in Auvergne.

Here's a selection of tourist sites to visit

Credit photo: feature photo via Jean Piludu
The Pont du Diable's largest arch - Saint-André-de-Chalencon i

Pont du Diable medieval bridge in Chalencon

The Lord of Chalencon built the Pont du Diable – Devil’s Bridge in the 10th century to ease the transport of goods between his castle and the Rhône Valley
Chateau de Herisson

Herisson, a medieval walled village ranked ‘small town of character’

Herisson, a picturesque medieval village nestled at the foot of the vestiges of the castle of the Dukes of Bourbon and ranked 'small city of character'
Puy de Sancy - Les Monts Dore

Les Monts Dore, ancient volcanoes of the Massif Central

Les Monts Dore, a group of ancient volcanoes in the heart of the Massif Central, whose highest peak, Puy de Sancy, is France’s highest volcano
Les Grottes de Perrier - Well, dwellings and Tour de Maurifet

Les Grottes de Perrier – Auvergne’s largest troglodyte site

Les Grottes de Perrier - Village des Roches, the largest troglodyte site in Auvergne, lies in the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes region.

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