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When to go
Hot summers bring hikers to the Parc des Volcans d’Auvergne. Clermont-Ferrand hosts its short-film festival in January, while September sees the town of Le Puy-en-Velay celebrate Le Fête du Roi de l’Oiseau.

Getting around
Auvergne is best explored via private transport – car hire is available at Clermont-Ferrand airport (from £75 per day). Trains run between Clermont-Ferrand and Vichy, as well as Le Puy-en-Velay and Vichy (from £9).

How to go
Clermont-Ferrand is the only airport in Auvergne – from May, Flybe operates flights from Southampton (from £110). Air France flies via Paris from London airports and Manchester (from £290). Trains run from Paris to Clermont-Ferrand airport (returns from £32).

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The article ‘Mini guide to Auvergne, France’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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