The Le Puy Way also known as Via Podiensis or Chemin du Puy in French, starts in the spectacular town of Le Puy-en-Velay, in central France. It follows the GR65 trail and is the most popular of the Camino de Santiago routes in France. Both the Geneva Way and the Cluny Way join the Le Puy route at Le Puy-en-Velay. The Le Puy Camino route is a superb hike taking in stunning countryside and some of the most beautiful towns in France. The volcanic landscapes of Velay, the peaceful Aubrac plateau, the beautiful towns of Conques, Cahors and the Lot Valley, the splendid vineyards of Armagnac brandy and the outstanding Pyrenees Mountains are some of the highlights on the Le Puy Way. The route joins up with the French Way, the famous, Camino Francés, in Saint Jean Pied de Port, on the French side of the Pyrenees.
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- 33 days/ 32 nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation, all rooms are en-suite.
- Split – 35 days/ 34 nights. This tour includes two extra walking days to split the longest/most difficult sections so you can walk at a more relaxed pace. You will stay in the towns of Saint Alban sur Limagnole and Saint Come d’Olt.
Admire the stunning volcanic landscapes of Velay
Taste local delicacies in picturesque villages
Walk the splendid vineyards of Armagnac, the famous brandy
Enter St Jean Pied the Port by St James Gate
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How to Get There
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Le Puy en Velay
Lyon Airport 145km: From Lyon Airport you can take the “Rhonexpress” (shuttle train) to the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu), (every 15 mins, approx 30 mins travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr. There is a direct train connection between Lyon City Centre and Le Puy-en-Velay (Part Dieu) 3 times per day, approx 2h15 travel time). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Lyon Airport 220km: The “Rhonexpress” (shuttle train) connects the airport with the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu)(every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr. A train connection between Lyon and Aumont-Aubrac and Lyon (Part Dieu) exists (3 times/ day, approx. 6h). See www.voyages-sncf.com.Rodez airport (90km)
Rodez Airport 90km: To get to Rodez you need to change in Severac le Chateau or Millau: Between Aumont-Aubrac and Severac le Chateau/ Millau, an “autocar” (coach bus) links the train stations, while between Severac/ Millau and Rodez, a train connection is available. The complete route can be taken twice a day, one via Millau and the second via Severac. Travel time is 2h30 (via Severac) and 3h45 (via Millau)). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Unfortunately, there is no public transport service from the airport, but it is possible to get a taxi. See www.rodezairport.com.
Rodez Airport 40km: The easiest option is to take the bus (mon-fri): There is one bus per day, taking 1h-1h30. See www.tourisme-conques.fr.
To take the train to Rodez you will need to change in either Severac or Millau: Between Aumont-Aubrac and Severac le Chateau/ Millau, an “autocar” (coach bus) links the train stations, while between Severac or Millau and Rodez, a train connection is available. The complete route can be taken twice a day, one via Millau and the second via Severac. Travel time is 2h30 (via Severac) and 3h45 (via Millau)). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Unfortunately, there is no public transport service between Rodez town centre and the airport, but it is possible to take a taxi. See www.rodezairport.com.
Aurillac Tronquiere Airport 50km: The airport in Aurillac can only be reached by car. See www.aeroport.fr.
Toulouse Airport 105km: You can take the shuttle bus from Toulouse Airport to Toulouse-Matabiau train station. The bus is called “AERO” and departs every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr. The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (train station). There is a well-served train connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Cahors (approx. 1h30 travel time). See www.voyages-sncf.co.uk.
Paris Airports 600km:
A direct train route from/ to Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz) is available (5 times/ day, taking approx 5h15.). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
From/ to CDG-airport from/ to Paris d’Austerlitz: From the airport, take the RER train to St. Michel (Notre dame, 45min travel time). From this station, there is a metro (line 10) to Paris d’Austerlitz (10min). See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
The way between Orly and d’Austerlitz is linked with metro: Take the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and then the shuttle bus to the airport. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
Toulouse Airport 100km: The way from the airport to the station can be taken with the offered shuttle bus (“AERO”, departing every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr. The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (central station). There is a connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Lectoure via Agen (3 times) or Auch (once a day) . The way between Lectoure and Agen/ Auch can be taken by Autocar (The way between Auch and Toulouse as well), while an intercity train connects Agen with Toulouse. The total travel time is approx. 2h-4h. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Bordeaux Airport 150km: The way from/ to Bordeaux (Gare St-Jean) is served 3 times/ day (travel time approx. 3h-4h30): 2 times via Mont de Marsan and one time via Pau. The route from/ to Mont de Marsan and Pau can be taken by Autocar (coach bus), while the route from/ to Bordeaux can be taken by train (TER and TGV). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
For the transport between the station (Gare St.-Jean) and the airport, a shuttle service is provided (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.
Toulouse Airport 160km: The way from the airport to the station can be taken with the offered shuttle bus (“AERO”, departing every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr.
The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (train station). There is a connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Aire sur l’Adour via Pau (twice a day, approx. 4h15 travel time). The way between Aire sur l’Adour and Pau can be taken by Autocar (coach bus), while an intercity train connects Pau with Toulouse. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Pau Airport 50km: Airport shuttle bus is available from/ to the train station every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See www.pau.aeroport.fr.
Autocar (coach bus) connection between Pau and Aire sur l’Adour (stop: “Place du Général de Gaulle”) is offered (2 times/ day (one on Sunday), approx. 1h30 travel time). See: www.voyages-sncf.com.
Saint Jean Pied de Port
Biarritz Airport 55km: You can take a shuttle bus from Biarritz Airport (25 min approximate travel time) to Bayonne Gare (station). From there, you can take a train to St Jean Pied de Port five times a day (approx. total journey time. 1h40 – 2h25 in total). See www.voyages-sncf.com and http://en.biarritz.aeroport.fr/. Alternatively, contact the team for airport transfers.
Pau Airport 90km: Airport Shuttle bus is available from the airport to the town’s train station every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See http://www.pau.aeroport.fr/. From the town you can take a train to St Jean (up to 5 times/ day; not on Sunday), with a change in Bayonne. Travel time is about 3h-5h, depending on the time you need to wait in Bayonne. See: www.bonjourlafrance.com/.
Bordeaux Airport 235k: Shuttle bus to the train station (45min), then train to St Jean Pied de Port via Bayonne See www.voyages-sncf.com.