MHR v London Irish
Sunday 22 January 2023, 2pm local (1pm UK)

Montpellier is a city in southern France near the Mediterranean Sea. One of the largest urban centres in the region of Occitania, Montpellier is the prefecture of the department of Hérault.

Montpellier Hérault Rugby was established in 1986 through the merger of two other rugby union clubs, the Stade Montpelliérain and MUC Rugby.

MHR were champions in the French Top 14 in 2022, and won the European Rugby Challenge Cup in 2016 and 2021.

Their nickname is Les Cistes (the rock rose) and the flower appears on the club’s badge.

GGL Stadium

MHR’s home ground is the GGL Stadium, situated in the south west of the city in the heart of the Ovalie district.

The stadium is very easily accessible:

By tram: Line 2 towards Sabines-Saint Jean de Vedas: Stop “Sabines” (located 800m from the stadium a shuttle will be at your disposal on match days, Tramway + Shuttle = 2.5€, Tramway + Shuttle Parking = 2€)
By bus: Line 6: Stop “Font Couverte” and Line “La ronde”: “Le grand M” stop
From the station: take line 2 of the Tram or line 6 from the station.

From the motorway: A9 “La languedocienne”: exit 31 Montpellier-Ouest, straight ahead as far as the Stadium, just follow the signs.

Match Tickets

As yet there are no specific allocations for our travelling support at Montpellier, although we are still waiting for official conformation..

You can book your tickets directly from the official ticket office. they are expected to go on sale early in November.

Getting to Montpellier

By air

Direct flights from Luton and Gatwick to Montpellier are operated by EasyJet. There are several transfer options to get to the city from the airport, including bus, tram or taxi.

The airport shuttle bus (line 620) costs 1,60 € (free for children under 5 years old) for a single journey. Tickets can be bought on board. An “Intermodal ticket” with city bus/tramway included costs 2.60 € (tramway free of charge only for children under 3 years).

Alternatively you could fly to Marseilles and hire a car (around 2h drive) or Toulouse (3h).

BY TRAIN

Getting to Montpellier by Train

Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord (2h25), then take the metro or RER to Gare de Lyon (video guide) where you can catch the TGV direct to Montpellier (3h15). Be aware that there are two stations in Montpellier used by the TGV. Montpellier Saint-Roch is in the city centre, while Montpellier Sud de France is on the outskirts.

By car

Montpellier is a significant drive from the channel ports. Most routes involve tolls.

  • Eurotunnel 1,035km
  • Calais 1,032km
  • Le Harvre 916km
  • Caen 933km
  • Cherbourg 1,047km

Getting around Montpellier

The city is served by a network of buses and tramways. A range of tickets are available:

You can get a ticket for one journey (1,60 €), valid for one hour with free transfers throughout the network. Your ticket must be validated as soon as you get on the vehicle, and the last validation must be within the hour. The 10 journey ticket (10 €) is valid for ten such journeys. Or you could get a a 1-day pass (4,30 €) which is valid on the entire network for 24 hours from the first validation.

Another option is the family and group pass (6,50 €) which is valid on the entire network for 24 hours from the first validation for a group of maximum 5 people traveling together.

See the TaM (Montpellier Métropole Transports) website for more details, timetables and interactive maps.

What to do

There are plenty of things to keep you occupied and entertained in Montpellier. The tourist office website contains plenty of information about the city including things to see and do, accommodation, places to eat and much more.

The City Card looks like it could be a good choice for some. It is available for 24, 48 or 72 hours and includes public transport, free or reduced entry to museums and attractions, plus discounts at a number of places. See the tourist office website for more details.

Where to Stay

London Irish supporters have told us they will be staying at the following hotels:

Hôtel Best Western Plus Comédie Saint-Roch

6-8 Rue Jules Ferry
In the city centre, near the Saint-Roch station
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Hotel d’Aragon

10 Rue Baudin
Close to the Place de la Comédie
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Hôtel Campanile Montpellier Centre SAINT-Roch

11 Rue Pagezy
In the Belaroïa centre, close to the Saint-Roch station
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Where to Eat and Drink

O’Carolans

5 Rue du Petit Scel
An Irish pub in the heart of the city
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Supporters’ Clubs

In common with many French rugby clubs, there is more than one group of supporters.

Clapas’cistes

Clapas’Cistes … Les Valeurs du Rugby … L’Esprit de la Fête !

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Le Club du XV du MHR