Pont du Gard: How to travel from Nimes on bus, to see the elegant giant firsthand

I made this trip to the Pont du Gard, in the small town of Remoulins, as part of my first solo traveling in 2016.

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Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard is this gigantic Roman aqueduct, and its listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is part of a 50 km, which used to supply freshwater to the Roman city of Nimes.


Getting there

I traveled on the Edgard B21 bus to Pont du Gard from Nimes. The trip takes about 50 minutes. Bus fare is about 1.50 EUR per trip. You can find the bus schedule online. Make sure you check the bus schedule to ensure you don’t miss the last bus.

To get to Pont Du Gard, you want to alight at Vers Pont du Gard. The bus stops at the side of a roundabout (Rond Point in French).

Bus stop to Pont du Gard entrance
Bus stop to Pont du Gard entrance

From the roundabout, it is about 400 m walk to the Pont du Gard museum entrance.

Take note that the bus stop to return to Nimes is on the opposite site of the first bus stop.

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Bus stop locations, Pont du Gard

Tip: You can also travel to Pont du Gard from Avignon. 


What to do

There is a museum, cafeteria and park before the trek to the Pont du Gard. The entrance ticket (which costs 8.50 EUR for adult; 6 EUR for child), includes entry to the museum, as well as visit to the first level of the Pont du Gard.

There are guided tours to the top level of the Pont du Gard. Check out the main website for fares and opening hours.

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First look of the Pont du Gard as I approached
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On the Pont du Gard
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On the river banks
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Pont du Gard from the river bank

What to eat

The cafeteria at the entrance are pretty reasonable priced. However, if you are feeling fancy, you should try Les Terrasses Cafe, on the right bank of the river (the opposite side of the museum). The restaurant used to be an inn in the 18th century, and it has this lovely terrace (you cannot miss) overlooking the Pont du Gard. The restaurant serves set menu and also a la carte.

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Chevre chaud (goat cheese served hot) with charcuterie (cured meat) and salad
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Panorama from Les Terrasses Cafe

This was definitely one of the highlights of my solo trip. I remember taking my time, all to myself, with my chevre chaud on the terrace, not stressing about my office work, and thinking .. life can be simple and beautiful!

25 thoughts on “Pont du Gard: How to travel from Nimes on bus, to see the elegant giant firsthand

    1. Oh yes it was abit intimidating at first.. especially when my French is so broken nobody can understand me.. but still, I had the time of my life! You really should try it !! =)

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  1. I really like the way you have added the maps to show the route you took. One of the best things about a solo trip is the sense of accomplishment I feel after having ovecome small perceived barriers – in this case, it could have been the language issue. But you did it. Well done 🙂

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    1. Hey Neha, thanks for your comment! Yes i completely agree on the sense of accomplishment you mentioned. Which is why i encourage everyone to try it at least once in your lifetime. How about u ? Whats your solo trip story ? Looking forward to reading your story !

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  2. This post brings back memories. I did a road trip around this area and I was so glad to come across the Pont du Gard on a hot summers day. Wish I could have gone hiking in the area but time wasn’t on my side. Its defo worht stopping for if anyone is wishing to visit.

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  3. Your solo trip to Pont Du Gard looks interesting. Thanks for sharing all the information about this giant architecture, as I have not known this before. Your maps are really helpful.

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      1. Thank you! Though it’s going to be a week to catch up with his family, I’m sure we’ll find some time to explore on our own. (I hope, because an entire week of speaking just French is too much for me!)

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  4. It is really amazing how this aqueduct remained so well preserved after thousands of years. And the size and length of it are impressive. Your trip opened my appetite for France, I haven’t been here for over 5 years.

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  5. We are really passionate about UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Roman architecture. Pont du Gard is both and hence it is definitely our kinda place. Loved reading your post about this wonder of engineering. All Roman monuments beginning with the Colosseum awe us with their ingenuity and mammoth scales. The Pont du Gard is also in the same league.

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  6. First of all, yay to solo travels. I can see why you had such a great time, I love taking my time as well and forget all about stress, and it’s easy to do so when the sun is shining and you’re somewhere picturesque

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  7. Cheers to taking this trip solo! Love how detailed the directions were and the maps were a great addition. I love reading about place new to me, because it’s a stark reminder of how much world is out there for me to explore. Happy traveling!

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  8. It must be quite an experience to travel solo. I feel that way you get more time to soak in your experience without other distractions. By the way, loved your takeaway ‘life can be simple and beautiful!’ – that about sums it up
    – Nandita

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