661-681 liO bus service

  • Montpellier
  • Millau

The 661-681 "Montpellier - Millau" liO bus crosses the Hérault plain, its villages, vineyards and olive groves to reach Lodève in the Larzac foothills. From here, you climb up the spectacular Pas de l'Escalette to reach the sprawling Causse du Larzac and its Templar towns.

  • Périod: all year round.
  • Days : Monday to Sunday, including bank holidays, except May 1st.
  • Recommended start point from Montpellier: Station Mosson (tram 1 and 3).

Recommended stops 

Places to eat and sleep at each stop.


1 hr 10 from Montpellier. Stop: Gare Routière. Lodève is a former episcopal city and major textile hub nestled in the valley between Larzac and Salagou.

The town is a "Ville et Pays d'art et d'histoire" (Town and Country of Art and History) and famous for the fantastic collections at its museum, the staggering Saint Fulcran Cathedral, cultural events and art studios. Find out more.

NB: liO shuttle buses run from Lodève to Salagou Lake in summer. Free shuttle buses are available to take you to Cirque de Navacelles.

Le Caylar

1 hr 30 from Montpellier. Stop: Le Relais. Le Caylar stands at an altitude of 740m and is the gateway to the southern Larzac.

The village is tucked away in the Roc Castel foothills.Venture to the top of the village for views over the plateau and its rolling scenery. Dive into the unique landscapes on countless footpaths and mountain bike trails. Find out more.

La Couvertoirade

1 hr 35 from Montpellier. Stop: Les Infruts. (NB: please ask the driver to stop here when you leave Montpellier). La Couvertoirade is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. The small Templar and Knights Hospitaller town nestles behind its ramparts on the Larzac plateau.

Templar castle, Hospitaller church, typical Causse streets, bread oven and shops... it's like you've travelled back to the marvellous Middle Ages! Find out more.

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L'Hospitalet du Larzac

1 hr 45 from Montpellier. Stop: L'Hospitalet. L'Hospitalet is a typical Larzac village with Caussenard houses surrounded by untamed scenery.

The Centre Archéologique Frédéric Hermet is hosting an exhibition about Gallo-Roman and medieval Larzac alongside a fantastic fossil collection between July 1st and August 31st. L'Hospitalet is the perfect base for exploring this fascinating region on foot, by bike or on horseback. Find out more.