Getting there & away
From place des Basques, ATCRB buses (05 59 26 06 99) follow the coast to the Spanish border. There are nine services daily to St-Jean de Luz (€3, 40 minutes) with connections for Hendaye (€3, one hour). Summer beach traffic can double journey times. Transportes Pesa (in Spain 902 10 12 10) buses leave twice a day for Bilbao in Spain, calling by Irún and San Sebastián.
From the train station, RDTL (05 59 55 17 59; www.rdtl.fr in French) runs services northwards into Les Landes. For beaches north of Bayonne, such as Mimizan Plage and Moliets Plage, get off at Vieux Boucau (1¼ hours, six or seven daily).
Eurolines is represented by Voyages Domejean (05 59 59 19 33; 3 place Charles de Gaulle). Buses stop in the square, opposite this travel agent’s office.
Among several rental agencies near the train station are ADA (05 59 50 37 10; 10bis quai de Lesseps) and Avis (05 59 55 06 56; 1 rue Ste-Ursule).
TGVs run between Bayonne and Paris’ Gare Montparnasse (€75.60, five hours, eight daily).
There are five trains daily to St-Jean Pied de Port (€7.90, one hour) and fairly frequent services to/from Biarritz (€2.20, 10 minutes), St-Jean de Luz (€4.10, 25 minutes), plus the Franco-Spanish border towns of Hendaye (€6.20, 40 minutes) and Irún (€6.50, 45 minutes).
There are also train services to Bordeaux (€24.90, 2¼ hours, at least 10 daily), Pau (€14.30, 1¼ hours, nine daily) and Toulouse (€35.50, 3¾ hours, five daily).
Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne airport (05 59 43 83 83; www.biarritz.aeroport.fr in French) is 5km southwest of central Bayonne and 3km southeast of the centre of Biarritz. Ryanair flies daily to/from London Stansted and three times weekly to/from Dublin. Air France has several daily flights to/from Paris (Orly and Roissy) and Lyon.
Bus 6 links both Bayonne and Biarritz with the airport (buses depart roughly hourly). A taxi from the town centre costs around €15.