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There’s no shortage of ways to turn up:

Pack a car and drive down via any of the many cross-channel ferries available; sail to Santander and pop across the border to our Col d’Ibardin site, come via Eurostar and hook up to the TGV  high-speed train, fly direct to Brive or Biarritz or to one of the airports within an hour or three: Bilbao, Bordeaux or Toulouse, for example.

Ferries 
This is our favourite way to travel, chuck everything in the boot and not worry about how much your luggage weighs. If you think that getting there is half the fun it’s certainly true when you make a ferry ride part of your plans.

Brittany Ferries are very good company who have won lots of awards for their products and service. The ferry has good quality food, a cinema and a childrens play area which believe you me comes in handy!

www.brittanyferries.com

Overnight stops 
Depending how you are (and the kids) and times of travel, you might want to do an overnight stay. Even in the height of the summer it’s not hard to get a room for the night and soak up a city or village.

Flights
There’s plenty on offer and the airports listed below are easy to get round with kids. We have travelled in one airport and left another in order to get the right flights for the right place. Like with everything it’s worth looking round for the best deals.

Biarritz 
Easyjet fly in to Biarritz is in the summer from London Gatwick, but Ryanair fly from Birmingham and all year round from London Stansted (Tues and Sundays at the moment). Transfer to Col d’Ibardin 30mins

  • Birmingham – Biarritz operated by Ryanair
  • Stansted – Biarritz operated by Ryanair
  • London Gatwick – Biarritz operated by Easyjet

Bordeaux  
Easyjet fly from Bristol, Liverpool, Luton and London Gatwick. Transfer time to Col d’Ibardin is just over two hours.

  • Birmingham - Bordeaux operated by Air France
  • Birmingham - Bordeaux operated by BMI Baby
  • Birmingham - Bordeaux operated by Flybe
  • Bristol - Bordeaux operated by Easyjet
  • Edinburgh - Bordeaux operated by Air France
  • Glasgow - Bordeaux operated by Air France
  • Glasgow - Bordeaux operated by Flybe
  • Leeds/Bradford - Bordeaux operated by Flybe
  • Liverpool - Bordeaux operated by Easyjet
  • London (Gatwick) - Bordeaux operated by British Airways
  • London (Gatwick) - Bordeaux operated by Easyjet
  • London (Gatwick) - Bordeaux operated by Flybe

  • London (Heathrow) - Bordeaux operated by Air France
  • Luton - Bordeaux operated by Easyjet
  • Manchester - Bordeaux operated by Air France
  • Manchester - Bordeaux operated by BMI Baby
  • Newcastle - Bordeaux operated by Air France
  • Southampton - Bordeaux operated by Air France
  • Southampton - Bordeaux operated by Flybe
  • Stansted - Bordeaux operated by Buzz

Bilbao  
Easyjet fly from Manchester and London Stansted. Transfer time to Col d’Ibardin is 1 1/2 hours (no problems crossing borders it’s straight through)

  • London (Gatwick) – Bilbao operated by British Airways
  • London (Heathrow) – Bilbao operated by British Airways
  • London (Heathrow) – Bilbao operated by Iberia
  • Luton – Bilbao operated by Easyjet
  • Stansted – Bilbao operated by Easyjet
  • Stansted – Bilbao operated by Go
  • Stansted – Bilbao operated by Ryanair

Toulouse 
Easyjet fly into Toulouse all year round from Bristol, it’s a 3-hour drive from Col d’Ibardin.

  • Birmingham - Toulouse operated by Flybe
  • Bristol - Toulouse operated by Easyjet
  • Edinburgh - Toulouse operated by Flybe
  • Edinburgh - Toulouse operated by Jet 2
  • Glasgow - Toulouse operated by Flybe
  • Leeds/Bradford - Toulouse operated by Jet 2
  • London (Gatwick) - Toulouse operated by British Airways
  • London (Gatwick) - Toulouse operated by Easyjet

  • London (Heathrow) - Toulouse operated by Air France
  • London (Heathrow) - Toulouse operated by KLM
  • Manchester - Toulouse operated by BMI Baby
  • Manchester - Toulouse operated by KLM
  • Southampton - Toulouse operated by Flybe
  • Stansted - Toulouse operated by Buzz

Car hire
Depending who you’re travelling with it’s worth looking round for the best deals especially if you plan to arrive at one airport and leave from another. We’ve team up with Phil and the team at  rhino car hire who can search for the best deals for you. Great customer service and also 15% discount to glisten camping customers. Here’s the link to search and get your discount.

Airports transfers
If you’re flying we do recommend you hire a car but if you just want to spend your time on the campsite and on bikes then we can arrange for a transfer from the airport.