The combined Eurostar + TGV return fares from LONDON St PANCRAS to AGDE can cost as little as £115. There are two alternative routes, either via PARIS or via LILLE. The fares are the same. Going via Paris involves a cross city trip between GARE DU NORD and GARE DE LYON. There are fewer connections via LILLE but the connection is a simple matter of changing platforms. Both the Eurostar and the TGV travel at 300 kph and the travelling time, excluding changes, is approximately 8 hours.
Another option is to travel overnight on the Corail Lunéa sleeper service. The bonus is a full day on the beach on the day of arrival and the prospect of another full day on the beach on the day of departure. An afternoon Eurostar departure from LONDON St PANCRAS may have its attractions for those who live outside London and early afternoon will allow plenty of time to have a leisurely evening meal before joining the train at PARIS GARE AUSTERLITZ. This service goes to NARBONNE. After breakfast, take a local train from NARBONNE to AGDE (about 20 minutes). Combined Eurostar + Corail Lunéa return fares start at £105 (recliner seat) but most would probably prefer a 2nd class couchette at £145.
Be aware that that the discounted early booking offers sell out quickly. Furthermore, French rail bookings cannot be made more than three months in advance, by which time the cheapest Eurostar tickets may have already sold out. In the high season it is worth considering making separate purchases of tickets for the two parts of the journey. Another advantage of separate purchase is that buying the French tickets on-line, paying in € and opting to collect the tickets in France avoids an artificial exchange rate (€ at par with £) imposed by the main vendors. A valuable source of information about European rail travel including sample time-tables, how to book, together with other matters such as how to cross Paris can be found at http://www.seat61.com/.
Unless one has insider knowledge, taking full advantage of French early booking rail discounts is not easy. Visitors from outside Europe may wish to consider either BARCELONA or PARIS CHARLES de GAULLE airport as a point of entry. Both provide rail links to AGDE and in both cases part of the link is high speed. Remember that a discounted ticket is not exchangeable. So if, for example, a flight is delayed a full price fare may be the safer option. Possible flight delays are also a good reason for considering the option of spending a few hours in PARIS before using the sleeper to AGDE – READ MORE INFORMATION for Visitors from outside Europe – (Booking Trains from Paris.
Train/rail travel in France can be quite relaxing, with reasonable fares and also trains which for the most part, tend to be on time. The countryside is beautiful and Agde, the nearest station to Le Cap d’Agde, is only 5 hours train travel from Paris. By considering the French SNCF train network, you will then also be able to consider flying into airports such as Carcassonne, all Paris airports and Perpignan. The French train network is both clean and efficient and this can be a great way to travel to Cap d’Agde. Rail Europe also offer excellent deals for travel all around Europe.
From Barcelona and other parts of Spain: To get Agde train station from Barcelona, there is a train which travels through to France usually about twice a day. The train stops at the border sometimes for about half an hour (or at least it did when I travelled this route) and you will likely be asked to show your
passports. The train then travels to stations which contact to Agde. (Make sure to check the SNCF website or talk to a ticketing agent before booking as not all trains stop in Agde).
Learn about getting the buses to Cap d’Agde from the train station.