Buses to and from Biarritz Airport (BIQ)

The airport has the official code of BIQ, and its full name is the Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport, as it is situated nearby the towns of Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne. The airport is located approximately 5km, or 3 miles from Biarritz, and in the French departments of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Landes. It is an airport that serves the Aquitaine region of the country, and is a popular arrival for many tourists each year. There are Biarritz buses operated by a few companies available, therefore passengers are able to reach various destinations after arriving at the airport. The buses are cost efficient, and often a preferred way to travel.

The airport, nearby the south-western coastline of France, handles approximately a million passengers per annum, and the town of Biarritz is considered as the last of the larger resorts of the country before the border of Spain. Due to its close location to this country, airport buses are also available for cross-border travellers. The airport consists of a single terminal building, which is easy to navigate and equipped with a variety of useful facilities, and passengers will find the bus stops just outside the arrival area. All facilities can be easily reached on foot, and there is an information desk offering assistance for all passengers. The airport’s hours of operation are from 05:30 to 23:00 on weekdays, from 05:30 to 22:30 on Saturdays and from 06:00 to 23:00 on Sundays.

The main Biarritz Airport bus services are known as the Chronoplus buses, the ATCRB and PESA, while during certain months of the year there is also a service run by EDSA. These are all services that run directly from the airport, and are available at frequent times during the facility’s hours of operation.

The Chronoplus Buses

Chronoplus is the local bus service, and is therefore an urban transport network. The buses travel within the towns of Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne, and offer various services to and from the airport. Two of the more popular journeys available are to the nearby train stations of Biarritz and Bayonne, for connections to the excellent railway services of the country. The Chronoplus line C bus travels from the airport to the Biarritz train station at La Négresse, with a journey time of ten minutes, and the Chronoplus line 14 bus runs to the Bayonne train station with a journey time of about half an hour.

Other Chronoplus buses are available from Biarritz Airport as well, serving destinations such as the Biarritz centre, Bayonne centre, Bayonne University, the Biarritz camp site (Plage de la Milady beach), the Bidart Izarbel and the Bidart Uhabia Beach. Travel for an hour to any destination on the Chronoplus bus network will cost about one Euro, and bus tickets can be purchased on the bus, from the driver. Other types of tickets are also available, such as those valid for twenty-four hours, a discounted pack of ten tickets and tickets, which will allow for free movement for seven days. Only the single tickets can be purchased on the bus, while the others are available from various outlets in the towns. Further details are available on the Chronoplus official website, found at http://www.chronoplus.eu.  

Transdev ATCRB Buses

ATCRB is the regional bus service that runs from Biarritz. Their route starts at the airport, and travels to Hendaye, found along the Spanish border. En route the ATCRB buses stop at the Biarritz-La Négresse train station, and in the towns of Bidart, Guéthary and St-Jean-de-Luz. Passengers who would like to travel to the Inland Basque Country, the Landes coast or the Béarn region will first need to reach the Bayonne train station on the Chronoplus urban transport network. Arriving passengers can find out more information regarding this bus service online, at http://www.transdev-atcrb.com.

The PESA Buses

The best way to get to San Sebastián in Spain is on the PESA bus network, which offers regular services from the airport and from the Biarritz town centre. Transportes Pesa currently has a fleet of 51 new vehicles, and they transport almost two and a half million travellers every year. The buses are modern and comfortable, and are the most affordable way to travel, as the ticket will cost only around six Euros for a one-way journey. The bus tickets can be purchased from the bus driver.

An alternative bus service to use is the EDSA line, for journeys to San Sebastián or Pamplona. Further details for these two services can be found at http://www.pesa.net and at http://www.edsa.es. A fourth bus option from the airport is the Navette des Plages, or beach shuttle, which operates during the summer, and takes passengers to the Biarritz and Anglet beaches, as well as to central Biarritz. In the summer, there are usually two buses an hour on weekdays and Saturdays, and one bus an hour on Sundays.

Although Biarritz Buses are operated by various bus companies, and have different rules and regulations, they all offer services for disabled passengers, and can usually accommodate larger luggage items, such as bicycles. Although driving your own vehicle is highly convenient, buses are considered most affordable, and are also an efficient and comfortable way to travel.