Getting to Montpellier Airport
Montpellier is one of the most important airports in the southern Languedoc Roussillon region of France, and approximately 1.2 million passengers pass through the airport every year. The airline companies of the airport offer flights to a variety of local and international destinations, and include Air France, Cimber Sterling, Air Algérie, Easyjet, Ryanair, Iberia and Transavia.com. Officially, it is known as the Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport, and it is also commonly referred to as the Fréjorgues Airport. Passengers in their own vehicles will find the airport directions to be quite simple to follow as it is located nearby a couple of main roads. There are also adequate parking facilities available.
MPL is located approximately 7km east-southeast of the city centre of Montpellier, and it serves this city as well as other towns in the Hérault department of the country. The airport is situated in the Mauguio-Carnon municipality, and is particularly nearby the areas of Lattes, Pérols and Palavas-Les-Flots. Areas nearby to the city include Lunel, Saint-Clément-de-Rivière and Sète, while on a larger scale, Montpellier is to the south of Clermont-Ferrand, Saint-Étienne and Le Puy, to the west of Nice, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Nimes and to the east of Toulouse, Narbonne and Beziers. Directly south of the airport is the Mediterranean Sea. The airport is the tenth largest airport in the country, the largest airport in the Languedoc Roussillon region and Montpellier is also the capital city of the Hérault department, and the principle city of the region.
Directions from Montpellier
Motorists are able to reach the airport quite easily from all parts of the city, and from the city centre, the airport is only a fifteen to twenty minute drive, depending on traffic conditions. It is best to head for the A9 Autoroute, which is the largest motorway in the vicinity of the airport, and take Exit 29 (Montpellier-Est) in the direction of the airport. The exit is about five minutes from the airport, and leads onto the D66 motorway, which is the main road leading to the airport. Just north-west of the airport grounds is also the D172, or the Route de Mauguio, which provides access to the airport terminal road. Many roads from the city lead to the A9, including Av. d’El Alamein, the BD Jacques Fabre de Morihon and the Av. Pierre Mendès-France.
Directions from the west
Although most larger towns and cities of France have their own airports, visitors may need to travel to Montpellier Airport. It is very simple to travel from areas to the west and south-west of the airport, as the A9, the main access road of the airport, is the road to use from these cities, which include Narbonne, Beziers and Agde. Drive north-east on the A9 until reaching the airport’s exit. The airport is fifty-five minutes from Beziers and just over an hour from Narbonne. From Sète in the west, motorists can join the A9 from the D2, or from the D612 which runs past Frontignan.
Directions from the east
Once again, from the east the A9 is an important road, and provides access to Montpellier and its airport from the cities of Orange, Avignon and Nimes. The airport is approximately a forty minute drive from Nimes. From Arles, the A54 leads to Nimes and the A9, which can then be followed in the direction of Montpellier. In general, the airport is very well signposted from all major routes, as the ‘Aeroport Montpellier Mediterranee’.
All major Autoroutes and motorways in France can be busy at times, especially during peak traffic times, therefore allow plenty of time to travel to the airport. Time will also be needed to find a parking space in one of the parking areas of the airport. There are two short-stay parking lots and one long-stay parking area available. Check-in for domestic flights close twenty minutes before time of take-off, and half an hour before international flights. Passengers who require additional assistance, or unaccompanied minors, should arrive in good time before their flight departure is scheduled. Montpellier Airport consists of two terminal buildings, covering an area of 14,000 square meters, and the majority of the departure facilities are found on the upper level of the terminal. It is quite easy to navigate, but always allow time for finding restaurants, the check-in desk, your boarding gate etc.
Montpellier Airport facilities include several bars and restaurants, airport shops which sell a variety of items, a duty-free store in the departure lounge and a business centre to cater for the needs of all professional travellers. The business centre is open seven days a week, and has a variety of work areas and meeting rooms suitable for private work sessions or large conferences. They are all fully equipped, with stylish furniture, air conditioning and a comprehensive range of equipment, such as overhead projectors, TVs and sound systems. The largest room can seat ninety people and the smaller rooms accommodate four or five people. There are also rooms for around thirty people. Further facilities at the airport include lost and found offices, a nursery, cash dispensers, a letter box, WiFi services and public telephones. The terminal area is fully accessible to disabled passengers as well.
Passengers who prefer to use public transport can travel to the airport by bus, from the Place de l’Europe, or by taxis from any nearby location. There is no train station at the airport, however the buses which travel to the airport stop at the city’s railway station.
Montpellier directions in further detail are found online, at https://maps.google.com, or the airport can be contacted at the following telephone number: 04 67 20 85 00.