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'''Montpellier''' is a city in the South of [[France]].
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Apart from an attractive city in itself, it is situated next to a main motorway [[A9 (France)|A9]]/[[A15 (France)|E15]] connecting cities such as [[Perpignan]] and [[Barcelona]] to the South, [[Aix-en-Provence]] and [[Marseille]] to the East, [[Lyon]] and [[Paris]] to the North, and [[Toulouse]] and [[Bordeaux]] to the West.
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== Hitchhiking out ==
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=== East and North [[Marseille]], [[Lyon]], beach ===
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The "all directions" tip above, or:
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If you like [[hitchhiker's safety|safe]] and easy hitchhiking, it's advised to take Tram number 1 to Odysseum, get off at Place de France, which is one stop before the last stop, then walk a bit back to the roundabout and go the Av. du Mondial up to the north. Walk straight and you will see a hill on the left, right in front of the highway. Go up (better to have good shoes on!) and you find at the top this brilliant hitchhiking spot - Elf [[petrol station hitchhiking|petrol station]]. You can try there, or stand with a sign on Av Pierre Mendes, just before the entrance to the station.
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[https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?query=43.60806%2C3.91311#map=18/43.60806/3.91311 where it is?]
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=== South or West towards [[Perpignan]], [[Toulouse]], [[Bordeaux]] and [[Barcelona]] ===
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==== From first large gas station Aires de Service de Montpellier ENI Fabrègues ====
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First large gas station headed west on the A9 from Montpellier, 'Aires de Service de Montpellier ENI Fabrègues'
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To get there, take the tram line 2 until the final station 'Saint Jean de Védas Centre' (from the station Gare Saint-Roch it will take you 21 minutes according to the agency's website). That same station is where bus line 33 begins, able to be taken with the same ticket as the tram. The 33 does not run so very frequently (outside of peak hours and most especially on weekends and holidays), and so it is useful to coordinate with its scheduled departures, which can be found [https://www.tam-voyages.com/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6 here] (searching for 33, direction is 'FABRÈGUES - Lou Paillas').
  
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Once on the 33, you have to options:
'''Montpellier''' is a city in the South of [[France]].
 
  
Apart from an attractive city in itself, it is situated next to a main highway A9/E15 connecting cities such as [[Perpignan]] and [[Barcelona]] to the South, [[Aix-en-Provence]] and [[Marseille]] to the East, [[Lyon]] and [[Paris]] to the North, and [[Toulouse]] and [[Bordeaux]] to the West.
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'''Walking route 1: via trail to Chemin des Fabriques'''
  
== Hitching Out ==
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Getting off at 'Les Hauts' [NB: user probably means 'Les Cousses'; according to the bus agencies website there is no stop 'Les Hauts'). You will be on 'Avenue Charles de Gaulle'. You go down this road to the crossing with Larenas road. You will see a square of shops (one sailing trailers), go along it on its right side when you face it. You will find an empty field on your right that you cross (there is a little path and a hole in the little fence at his end) to reach a little park, go until 43.554730, 3.789669 where the dry (summer 2019) stream is totally crossable (even in winter since it not really wide). Pass under the brigde that is above the road D613 and simply follow the path that locals use (and is on no maps) and you are going to reach the 'Chemin des Fabriques' that leads you directly to the gas station 'Aires de Service de Montpellier ENI Fabrègues': 43.547322, 3.794899.
=== All Directions ===
 
For a few months, there has been a new tramway line in Montpellier, line 2, and it goes directly to a [[péage]] (toll plaza). Take tram number 2 at the train station, direction "Saint Jean de Vedas", then get out at the stop "Saint Jean le Sec". At the stop look around and you will see a péage. You can hitchhike on this one if you want, but there is low traffic, so it is best to go on the big toll where all the cars from North or South have to stop. This one is 500 meters more in the south but it is completely worth to walk to it since the chances to get a lift there, greatly increases. To get there, you need to walk past the péage in the direction of traffic. It's illegal and quite dangerous to walk in the road, so you need to walk along it, but stay in the grass next to it. You will see the big péage from where it's easy to get a 300 or 400 km ride in any direction.
 
  
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'''Walking route 2: via D185 to Chemin des Fabriques'''
  
=== East and North [[ Marseille]], [[Lyon]], plage===
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Getting off at 'Collège Ray Charles', you walk back the route that the bus took when it just got off the D613: up the street past the roundabout to Rue Turk et de Groot and then down that road to the next roundabout (which will be slightly to your left when merging onto Avenue Charles de Gaulle). You continue straight across the roundabout to the bridge over the D613, that bridge the beginning of the D185. You continue on the D185 through the next roundabout on the other side, and then down and up a small incline. You will walk across a bridge that does not have *that* much space for pedestrians, but traffic is fairly limited on the road there. You walk until to your right there will be a gated access road, which to its left has a clear pedestrian access point. Turn left on the road that it immediately meets (Chemin des Fabriques), which shortly leads you to the gate of 'Aires de Service de Montpellier ENI Fabrègues'. You may need to hop its gate, but it does not have those pesky height extensions that some do as as to impede access. Total time walking will be around 25 minutes. A map of this walking route can be found [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KflMq4gFTgkJwOBVpFmgSN6kMFhLbLOQ&usp=sharing here]
  
If you like safe and hhiking, I would advise you taking Tram nr 1 to Odysseum, get off at the last stop, then go down Av de Mondial 98 till the roundabout Evariste Galois (5min walking). On the left you see the hill. Go up (better to have good shoes on!) and you find at the top this brilliant hhing spot - elf petrol station. You can try there, or stand with a sign on Av Pierre Mendes, just before the entrance to the station.
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==== Options without taking tram, from péage, or gas station ====
[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=pl&q=Rond-Point+Evariste+Galois,+34000+Montpellier,+H%C3%A9rault,+Languedoc-Roussillon,+Francja&sll=43.607424,3.914373&sspn=0.003698,0.009398&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=0,43.608161,3.913645&ll=43.608721,3.913643&spn=0.007396,0.018797&z=16&iwloc=addr where it is?]
 
  
  
=== South or West towards [[Perpignan]], [[Toulouse]], [[Bordeaux]] and [[Barcelona]] ===
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'''Option One''': Another option is to get to ''Place de L'Europe'' ([https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?query=43.60735%2C3.89391#map=18/43.60742/3.89523]), for example by taking tramline 1. From there you can already see signs to the motorway. You can either follow those signs and the main road ''Avenue de Président Pierre Mendes France'' for about 15 to 20 minutes, or get a ride from where this road starts to either your destination or to a better location further up the road, at the roundabout where the main motorway A9/E15 actually connects to the ''Avenue de Président Pierre Mendes France''.
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The "all directions" tip, above, by far seems the best bet as these two mean hitching out of a roundabout, which is never as favorable as a péage. But if in any case you need to hitch out without using the tram or péage others have used these routes:
 
  
'''Option One''': Another option is to get to ''Place de L'Europe'' ([http://www.liftershalte.info/?lat=43.605691341740744&lng=3.9101028442382812&zoom=15&trip=0 location]), for example by taking tramline 1. From there you can already see signs to the highway. You can either follow those signs and the main road ''Avenue de Président Pierre Mendes France'' for about 15 to 20 minutes, or get a ride from where this road starts to either your destination or to a better location further up the road, at the roundabout where the main highway A9/E15 actually connects to the ''Avenue de Président Pierre Mendes France''.
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''Note'': There is not a very good spot for cars to stop, but they stop at the [[roundabout]] for traffic with enough time to ask drivers for a ride, and for them to open the door.
  
''Note'': There is not a very good spot for cars to stop, but they stop at the roundabout for traffic with enough time to ask drivers for a ride, and for them to open the door.
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'''Option Two''': A second option is the [https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?query=43.58922%2C3.89010#map=18/43.58922/3.89010 roundabout] off ''Avenue de Palavas'' (near Tramway 4 - Garcia Lorca). However there is no good spot for cars to stop at the roundabout, and nowhere on the ramp either. [[User:Zac Stewart|Zac]] waited for an entire day for a ride to [[Perpignan]] without luck and shamefully retreated to the train station.
  
'''Option Two''': A second option is the [http://maps.google.fr/?ie=UTF8&om=1&z=15&ll=43.58953,3.891821&spn=0.01548,0.040255 roundabout] off ''Avenue de Palavas''. However there is no good spot for cars to stop at the roundabout, and nowhere on the ramp either. [[Zac]] waited for an entire day for a ride to [[Perpignan]] without luck and shamefully retreated to the train station.
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'''Option Three''': Take tram to stop "Sabines" and walk down Avenue d'El Alamein. You'll find [https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?query=43.5766%2C3.8736#map=16/43.5766/3.8736 roundabout].
  
== Useful tips ==
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== Trashwiki & Nomadwiki ==
You can find free luggage storage at the "Musée Fabre," a big new museum in the center of Montpellier, close to "Place de la Comedie". Of course the luggage storage is for people who visit the museum, but if there is a lot of people they won't pay attention. It's a room on the left in the entrance, there are boxes where you can put a bag. You need to put one coin inside to have the key which they give you back.
 
  
It's a nice painting museum for people who like art. Use an ISIC card (or say you have one) for free entrance.
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[[nomad:Montpellier]] [[trash:Montpellier]]
  
You can get free veggies and fruits at the end of the market on Figurolles. They close by 11/12.
 
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 13:35, 15 September 2020

Montpellier is a city in the South of France.

Apart from an attractive city in itself, it is situated next to a main motorway A9/E15 connecting cities such as Perpignan and Barcelona to the South, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille to the East, Lyon and Paris to the North, and Toulouse and Bordeaux to the West.

Hitchhiking out

East and North Marseille, Lyon, beach

The "all directions" tip above, or: If you like safe and easy hitchhiking, it's advised to take Tram number 1 to Odysseum, get off at Place de France, which is one stop before the last stop, then walk a bit back to the roundabout and go the Av. du Mondial up to the north. Walk straight and you will see a hill on the left, right in front of the highway. Go up (better to have good shoes on!) and you find at the top this brilliant hitchhiking spot - Elf petrol station. You can try there, or stand with a sign on Av Pierre Mendes, just before the entrance to the station. where it is?

South or West towards Perpignan, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Barcelona

From first large gas station Aires de Service de Montpellier ENI Fabrègues

First large gas station headed west on the A9 from Montpellier, 'Aires de Service de Montpellier ENI Fabrègues'

To get there, take the tram line 2 until the final station 'Saint Jean de Védas Centre' (from the station Gare Saint-Roch it will take you 21 minutes according to the agency's website). That same station is where bus line 33 begins, able to be taken with the same ticket as the tram. The 33 does not run so very frequently (outside of peak hours and most especially on weekends and holidays), and so it is useful to coordinate with its scheduled departures, which can be found here (searching for 33, direction is 'FABRÈGUES - Lou Paillas').

Once on the 33, you have to options:

Walking route 1: via trail to Chemin des Fabriques

Getting off at 'Les Hauts' [NB: user probably means 'Les Cousses'; according to the bus agencies website there is no stop 'Les Hauts'). You will be on 'Avenue Charles de Gaulle'. You go down this road to the crossing with Larenas road. You will see a square of shops (one sailing trailers), go along it on its right side when you face it. You will find an empty field on your right that you cross (there is a little path and a hole in the little fence at his end) to reach a little park, go until 43.554730, 3.789669 where the dry (summer 2019) stream is totally crossable (even in winter since it not really wide). Pass under the brigde that is above the road D613 and simply follow the path that locals use (and is on no maps) and you are going to reach the 'Chemin des Fabriques' that leads you directly to the gas station 'Aires de Service de Montpellier ENI Fabrègues': 43.547322, 3.794899.

Walking route 2: via D185 to Chemin des Fabriques

Getting off at 'Collège Ray Charles', you walk back the route that the bus took when it just got off the D613: up the street past the roundabout to Rue Turk et de Groot and then down that road to the next roundabout (which will be slightly to your left when merging onto Avenue Charles de Gaulle). You continue straight across the roundabout to the bridge over the D613, that bridge the beginning of the D185. You continue on the D185 through the next roundabout on the other side, and then down and up a small incline. You will walk across a bridge that does not have *that* much space for pedestrians, but traffic is fairly limited on the road there. You walk until to your right there will be a gated access road, which to its left has a clear pedestrian access point. Turn left on the road that it immediately meets (Chemin des Fabriques), which shortly leads you to the gate of 'Aires de Service de Montpellier ENI Fabrègues'. You may need to hop its gate, but it does not have those pesky height extensions that some do as as to impede access. Total time walking will be around 25 minutes. A map of this walking route can be found here

Options without taking tram, from péage, or gas station

Option One: Another option is to get to Place de L'Europe ([1]), for example by taking tramline 1. From there you can already see signs to the motorway. You can either follow those signs and the main road Avenue de Président Pierre Mendes France for about 15 to 20 minutes, or get a ride from where this road starts to either your destination or to a better location further up the road, at the roundabout where the main motorway A9/E15 actually connects to the Avenue de Président Pierre Mendes France.

Note: There is not a very good spot for cars to stop, but they stop at the roundabout for traffic with enough time to ask drivers for a ride, and for them to open the door.

Option Two: A second option is the roundabout off Avenue de Palavas (near Tramway 4 - Garcia Lorca). However there is no good spot for cars to stop at the roundabout, and nowhere on the ramp either. Zac waited for an entire day for a ride to Perpignan without luck and shamefully retreated to the train station.

Option Three: Take tram to stop "Sabines" and walk down Avenue d'El Alamein. You'll find roundabout.

Trashwiki & Nomadwiki

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