Various private bus concerns—STAB (serving the Bayonne–Anglet–Biarritz metropolitan areas) and ATCRB (up and down the coast and inland to many Basque towns, such as Bayonne, Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, and Bidart)—service the region. Where they don't, the trusty SNCF national bus lines occasionally comes to the rescue. Other bus companies also thread the area. T.P.R. Buses head from Pau to Lourdes (1 hr, 15 mins; €5.90; six times a day). From Lourdes, SNCF-run TER buses go to Cauterets and to Luz-St-Sauveur. The direct Maligne bus leaves twice daily from Lourdes for the 55-km (33-mile), 1 hour 40 minutes (€2.50) trip up to Gavarnie. Le Basque Bondissant (The Bouncing Basque) buses leave from the train station in St-Jean-de-Luz and go to upland villages such as Sare and Hasparren. Buses to Ainhoa leave from Bayonne at noon and 6 pm for the 55-km (33-mile), 55 minutes (€2.50) run up to one of France's prettiest villages. Beware of peak-hour traffic on roads in summer, which can mean both delays and fewer seats on buses. Check in with the local tourist office for schedules or ask your hotel concierge for the best advice.
R.D.T.L. Buses (Pl. Pereire, Bayonne, 64100. 05–59–55–17–59. www.rdtl.fr.)
Chronoplus (Bayonne, 64100. 05-59-52-59-52. www.chronoplus.eu.)
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