Getting there & away
From the bus station (04 68 35 29 02; av Général Leclerc), Courriers Catalans (04 68 55 68 00)services coastal resorts, running two to five buses daily (€6.90) to/from Collioure and Port-Vendres, most continuing to Banyuls (1¼ hours).
Five buses daily travel along the Têt Valley to Vernet-les-Bains (€10, 1½ hours) via Prades (€8.40) and Villefranche (€10). Up to seven daily buses run up the Tech Valley to Céret (€6.10, 50 minutes).
For long-distance buses, the Eurolines office (04 68 34 11 46; 10 av Général de Gaulle) is just east of the train station.
Rental companies include Avis (airport 04 68 34 26 71) and Budget (airport 04 68 56 95 95).
Perpignan’s small train station – centre of the universe according to Salvador Dalí – is served by bus Nos 1 and 2.
Trains cross the Pyrenees to Barcelona (€32 direct, €16.50 changing at Cerbère/Portbou, up to three hours, at least three daily). There are frequent services to Montpellier (€20.50, two hours) via Narbonne (€9.50, 45 minutes) and Béziers (€12.50). Nine TGVs daily run to Paris, Gare de Lyon (€83 to €96, five hours). For Carcassonne (€16.50), change in Narbonne.
Closer to home is Cerbère/Portbou on the Spanish border (€6.90, 40 minutes, around 15 daily) via Collioure (€4.80), Port-Vendres (€5.30) and Banyuls (€6).
The nearest you can get to Andorra by train is La Tour de Carol (€21.60, four hours, four daily, most changing in Villefranche) via Prades (€6.60, 45 minutes) and Villefranche (€7.40, one hour, five daily). From La Tour de Carol, a connecting bus takes you on to Andorra.
Perpignan’s airport (04 68 52 60 70) is 5km northwest of the town centre. Air France flies three to four times daily to/from Paris (Orly). Ryanair runs a daily flight to/from London Stansted, Flybe serves Birmingham and Southampton and BMI Baby flies to/from Manchester.
The Navette Aéroport bus runs from the train station via place Catalogne and the bus station.