Getting around the Landes coastal area is not easy if you do not have a car or a bicycle. There are no suburban trains or bus routes that cover all the municipalities near the coast. Difficult, yes, but not impossible. Let's take a look at the existing means of transport.
First of all, the train that comes from Irún -and which passes through Bayonne- runs almost vertically across the entire Landes territory. This is the TER, which links the Spanish border, in Hendaye, with the rest of France, and which in our case goes via Baiona, Dax and Bordeaux.
This railway has 11 stops in Les Landes, as can be seen on the attached map:
We have placed on this map the main towns on the Landes coast and the roads leading to them from these TER stops. This way, we know at which stop we have to get off to get to our locality.
Now, how to get from the train stop to our town? This is where buses come in. Bus lines connect the train stops with the main towns along the Landes coast. As you can see on the map of the regional bus network (Réseau de cars regionaux dans Les Landes), there are five lines covering the main urban centres:
- Line 7 directly links Bayonne with Labenne, Capbreton and Soustons.
- Line 44 links Dax with Castets, Léon, Vielle-St-Girons and Lit-et-Mixe.
- Line 45 links Morcenx with St-Julien-en-Born and Contis Plage.
- Line 13 links Labouheyre with Mimizan.
- Line 11 links Ychoux with Parentis-en-Born, Biscarrosse y Sanguinet.
Line 7 is very popular with Basque tourists travelling from the South Basque Country or even from North Basque Country, as it links Baiona (which is easily accessible from the border) with the most popular towns in Landes (Capbreton, Hossegor, Messages...).
Free shuttles from the villages and campsites to the beaches
During the summer season (July and August), buses run between the main urban centres and the beaches, stopping at the main campsites in the area.
These buses, known as "navettes" (shuttles), are completely free of charge, and make the outward and return journeys. The lines are as follows:
- Línea 12. It starts at Contis Plage and runs through Saint-Julien-en-Born, Levignac, Uza y Lit-et-Mixe, ending at Cap de L'Homy. It stops at the campsites Lous Seurrots, Les Dunes de Contis, Le Tress, La Passerelle, Le Soleil des Landes, Lacoussade, Caravaland, Lassalle,Les Vignes and the Municipal Campsite of Cap de L'Homy.
- Línea 3. Connects Saint Girons Plage with Lac de Leon, passing through Saint-Girons center, Vielle center, Vielle lac and Leon centre. Stops at the campsites Les Tourterelles, La Jaougotte, L'Oceane, Le Col vert and Lou Puntaou.
- Línea 4. Joins Taller with Castets, Linxe and Saint-Girons center, ending at Saint-Girons Plage, stopping at Camping Les Tourterelles.
- Línea 4.1. It runs from Castets to Saint-Girons Plage, circulating through Saint-Michel-Escalus, Linxe and Saint Girons center. It stops at the Landes Océanes y Les Tourterelles campsites.
Here you can download the timetables and routes for each of these lines (they are from 2020, but remain unchanged for the time being):