Getting There

All Roads Lead To The... Dune Of Pilat

Thanks to the excellent motorway and road network, the dune is easily accessible. But beware, especially in high season, you should be prepared to traffic jams!


By car


A63 --> Bayonne   ou   A63 --> Bordeaux

A660 --> Arcachon

N250 --> La Teste de Buch

D259 --> Dune du Pilat    



Distances and travel time     



Route de Biscarrosse (RD 218)

33115 Pyla-sur-Mer

44°35'23.5"N 1°12'49.0"W



Real Time Traffic


On the following website, you can see traffic in real time. Click on the map to see for example the current situation in the south-west of France or on the Bordeaux ring road. 




Source : Google Maps

By train


TGV or TER to Arcachon, then take the bus 

Train Bordeaux-Arcachon

     (or e.g. TGV Paris-Arcachon, direct in 2h48

     Departure 10h52 Arrival 13h40) 

Bus Gare d'Arcachon-Dune du Pilat (Bus 1)


By plane


Bordeaux Airport,

shuttle service to train station Bordeaux St. Jean, TGV or TER to Arcachon



By bicycle


Excellent cycle path network (along the dune as well as towards La Teste de Buch and Pyla sur Mer)


Velodyssey / Cycle paths


Dune du Pilat - Staircase with 160 steps
Staircase with 160 steps


Please be aware that if you use the car park during the period between 2am and 5am, you will have to pay a fee of 50 euros!


Did you know?

If you want to save the money for the parking lot or if it's too crowded, you may take - at the roundabout in front of the dune - the direction of Arcachon and then turn left at the next roundabout (towards "La Corniche"). After a few hundred meters, you'll find a certain nummer of free parking lots at the left and the right side of the street. At the sharp left turn in front of the restaurant a staircase leads to the beach and the dune.


However, this way to the dune is longer and takes more time!