Host of the famous Feria de Béziers festival, the town of Beziers sits atop a hill above the Orb River in southeastern France. It is just over six miles from the Mediterranean Sea and just over 33 miles from the Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc, offering a wide variety of opportunities for daytrips. The town itself also has many things to offer, such as the 13th century Saint Nazaire Cathedral, its Old Town and the Plateau des Poètes. It is also a very popular destination for taking excursions to destinations throughout the region.
Who to Book With
Car hire in Beziers is available in the town centre, at the railway station and at the airport, with well-known suppliers such as Hertz, Avis and Europcar having a presence here. Booking a car rental in advance online is highly recommended, as this will ensure that the vehicle of your choice is available.
Best time to go
Beziers is a year-round destination, although it tends to be most popular in the summer, especially in August during the five-day Feria de Béziers festival. This is when prices are at their highest and when accommodation fills up quickly. Those wishing to avoid the crowds will also find June and September quite pleasant.
Need to Know Essentials
Upon vehicle collection, the following documents will need to be shown:
- An EU licence that has been valid for at least one year
- A document to prove your identity
- The credit card that was used when the booking was made
- Verification of booking
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Most of Beziers is built on a slope, but everything is within a short walking distance, so a car is not necessary for moving around the city centre. However, a car is needed to get out of the town and explore its surroundings. There are more than 3,400 spaces to park your car in Beziers, both on-street and in secure car parks. On-street parking is colour coded, with yellow being short-term, orange allowing for up to 3.5 hours and green allowing you to park all day.
For more information on driving here, see our guide to France.
Most visitors chose to explore Beziers on foot, although there is a local bus service that serves the town and connects it with nearby towns, villages and beaches. Taxis are plentiful and drivers are more than willing to take visitors on a tour, but the most convenient way to get out of Beziers is with car rental, as the town is well connected to the rest of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, as well as to the rest of France.
The Gare de Béziers railway station is on the SNCF’s Bordeaux–Sète railway line. High speed TGV trains also stop here, connecting the town to Paris Gare de Lyon, Dijon and Bordeaux, as well as to other destinations. The station is also served by regular Intercités trains, connecting Beziers to closer locations such as Toulouse, Montpellier and Perpignan. Free shuttle buses take passengers from the railway station to the town centre.
Taxi ranks can be found in various places throughout Beziers, including at the railway station, the bus station and Victory Square. Taxis can be used to tour around the city, for airport transfers or for arriving at your hotel, and generally run on fixed rates.
Béziers Mediterranean Transport runs local buses within the town as well as to nearby destinations including Sérignan beach and Valras beach. A single trip costs just €0.50, while 10 trips is a steal at €3. Inter-city Hérault Transport buses run from the town’s bus station, connecting it to destinations throughout the Hérault department.
Beaches, picturesque villages, mountains and fortified towns are all within easy reach of Beziers, making it an ideal spot for enjoying daily or overnight excursions. Fashionistas can spend a day shopping in Montpellier, historians can tour around Narbonne, and beach lovers can relax at any number of beaches along the stunning Mediterranean coastline.
Carcassonne - This is famous for its fortified old city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This stunning city is just one hour’s drive away from Beziers on a picturesque road past the Pyrenees Mountains.
Millau - Located at the union of the Tarn and Dourbie Rivers in the Cévennes National Park. It is surrounded by stunning landscapes and is home to the Millau Viaduct, which has a mast 343m above its base, making it the world’s tallest bridge. The village, filled with heritage and culture, is surrounded by nature. The drive here is just as beautiful as the village itself.
Vernet-les-Bains - This is a picturesque village that sits at 650m in the Pyrenees Mountains. It is extremely peaceful, famed for its hot springs and views of the 2,785m Canigou Mountain. It is just shy of 92 miles from Beziers on a stunning drive through the foothills of the mountains.