THE BASQUE COUNTRY’S INFRASTRUCTURES :
easy access by air, land and sea
The Basque Country is ideally situated and the primary bridge between northern and southern Europe. The A63 (north/south) and A64 (west/east) motorways provide access to major cities in both France and Spain. Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne and Saint-Jean-de-Luz railway stations TGV high-speed train stations. In addition, many train stations are also served by regional trains (TER). Three international airports with more than X airlines are hubs for both passengers and freight. Bayonne’s port (the 9th in France), is a major freight and shipping port.
The French and Spanish road network links major seconomic hubs : Bordeaux 1h45, Toulouse 2h46, Nantes 512km, Lyon 735km, Paris 789km, Bilbao 160km, Madrid 550km, Zaragoza 2h58, San Sebastian 39 mins. and Pau 1h10**. There are 5 high-speed trains per day and the journey between Paris and Bayonne is now 4 hours.
In 2020 there will be an estimated 8 million rail passengers with 10 to 21 million tons of freight exchanged. Biarritz airport sees over a million passengers per year with flights to many French and European cities, such as London, Geneva, Brussels, Dublin and Stockholm.
The port of Bayonne has a triple Quality Safety Environment certification and is in the process of becoming one of France’s major ports.
In 2017 over 2 200 000 tons of goods passed through the port of Bayonne. In 2018 the Basque Country’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry has set a goal of 3 100 000 tons. The port’s infrastructures are linked to the European railway system and the A64 motorway provides a link to major cities on the Mediterranean coast along with direct access to motorways throughout Spain.
A major project to build a transport container hub line to a hub port, in a northern European city, is a major projet with which the entire region is associated.