Montpellier's Fabulous Tramway Expands

The first tramway was built in Montpellier over 140 years ago and today there are about 60km of tramlines criss-crossing the region's capital. How things have changed!

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Today, an estimated 282,000 passengers per day use the service helping to reduce traffic congestion, with the aim that by 2020 cars will be reduced by 10% and emissions by 23% - with an incredible 15 million new passengers each year !

Languedoc-Roussillon's capital Montpellier benefits from a slower pace of life, stunning architecture and has been booming. It has the honour of being voted France's most popular city to live in - thanks to its beautiful and relaxed 'Centre Historique', chic shops and close proximity to the beach. It is certainly worth a visit and has a wide choice of fantastic restaurants. You can drive into the centre and park in one of several underground car parks, but a truly enjoyable experience is to park in one of the 7 car parks on the outskirts of the city and to take a tram into the centre. This service runs Monday to Saturday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm and is free on Sundays and holidays. Fares vary depending on the journey, but a 'park & ride' costs just 4.40€ per person for the day.

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Two years after Line 4 was opened (in April 2012) work has now started on Line 5. The first part to be built is a track 1.2km between Observatoire and Albert 1er Tour-des-Pins to close the circle on Line 4, then nearly 16km will be built to the north and south mirroring Line 2 (between Clapiers and Lavérune).

At an estimated cost of 350-400 million euros, with 26 stations (8 of which are shared with existing lines), 4 new car parks and two lifts, this is another significant investment by the mayor of Montpellier in the city's infrastructure.

The first tranche is due for completion in the first quarter of 2016, with the rest of Line 5 still being discussed and finalised. They are also looking at the possibility of extending Line 3 to the airport and the coast (it currently goes to Pérols).

The tram timetable starts at around 4.30 in the morning and finishes around half past midnight, running regularly between every 4 and 10 minutes depending on the time of day.

For further information on fares and timetable, click here

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