The southwestern French city of Pau is easily accessible by plane, with regular flights from Paris, Marseille and Lyon arriving at Pau Pyrenees Airport. This means that connecting flights are freely available all year-round, putting the ski slopes, rugby stadiums, or summer scenery of the region well within reach for UK visitors.
Flights to Pau will arrive at Pau Pyrenees Airport, which is located around 7 miles north of the city centre. Travellers can easily head into Pau itself via the Proxilis 20 shuttle bus, which runs from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. During ski season, shuttles run from the airport to major resorts, while car hire is available at the airport as well.
Companies flying into Pau include Air France, which flies from Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Lille, Lyon, Nice and Strasbourg. easyJet also fly from Paris CDG, so travellers can usually choose between premium and budget flights. It's also easy to transfer from the UK via flights to Paris or even Eurostar services to Lille.
Flying to Pau is a great way to reach the city itself, or the Pyrenees in general. Most of all, flights offer a relatively quick route from the UK to Pau, allowing skiers, hikers, climbers and general tourists to reach their destination. For instance, flights from London can take 5 hours with a single change; that's much faster than catching the Eurostar and TGV rail services. Flights make it easy to take heavy ski gear on board, which can be very handy. And with budget fares available, flying is often very competitive on a financial level.
If travellers are headed to the ski slopes of the Pyrenees, it's a good idea to check for shuttles to their resorts. 18 separate resorts are covered by shuttle buses from the airport, and catching them is a convenient transport option. In Pau itself, the Stade du Hameau attracts plenty of visitors as it hosts the elite rugby sides Pau FC and Section Paloise. But there's more to see in the city besides sport. The Chateau is legendary as the birthplace of French King Henry IV, while the Boulevard des Pyrenees affords incredible mountain views from close to the city centre.