Perpignan (Perpinyà in catalan) is the capital of the department of Pyrénées-Orientales, the Northern Catalonia part of France and is situated about 15km from the sea. Perpignan is home to about 100,000 people, and has two rivers flowing through it; with the Têt to the north, and the Basse through the centre. This article also covers Argelès-sur-Mer, one of the major seaside resorts in the south of France (300 days of sunshine per year). That old and lively Catalan village is built around its church and museum.

Get in

By car

By plane

Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport is located about 6 km north of the city. For getting into the city the easiest is bus 7. A one way ticket was €1.20 in September 2015. The stop closest to the train station is Catalogne.


By train

From Girona, Spain, use for express bus service from Girona airport to Perpignan From Girona, Spain, use Renfe for trains to Cerbere. From Cerbere to Perpignan use sncf

By bus

Get around

The main way to get around in Perpignan (due to its relatively small size) is by foot, but there are buses run by Compagnie Transports that go right through the city centre, and then further out, even going as far as Cabestany and Canet. Driving is also a good way to get about, with lots of underground parking in the city centre, but beware, during the summer and 'tourist season' there will be a lot of traffic, and few parking places left.

By bike

There is shared bike system called BIP!. It has around 15 stations, for example at place de Catalogne and next to the train station. A weekly subscription is €1, with the first 30 minutes of each ride being for free. It can be bought at, after which you can retrieve a bike with an ID and the password you provided. Watch out! The text message you receive containing the ID and password has been known to switch those (should be fairly obvious). Also, don't include the leading zeros when entering the ID.



Musée de l'aviation - created in 1976 by Mr Noettinger, this museum located at "Mas Palégry" gathers planes, models and hundreds of original pieces. Open from Monday afternoon to Saturday from April 1st to October 31st.

Spectator sports: Perpignan is one of France's rugby hotbeds, and boasts professional teams in both rugby codes:

The festival Sant Joan is not to be missed.


The centre of Perpignan is filled with lots of small boutiques, but there are also large stores such as the department store "Galeries Lafayette", and the small shopping centre "fnac".





Stay Safe

Perpignan is a relatively safe city compared to larger and more populous ones. However, the districts of Saint-Jacques should be visited with caution, and ideally never on one’s own, or while wearing jewellery (or other signs of wealth).

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