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To get to Ambert, you can go by plane if you are rich (there is a small airfield for private small planes), by train (until Clermont-Ferrand or Vichy and then by bus) if you have. . . . lots of time , walking, biking, but the best is to go there by car. The nearest highway is about 50 km near Thiers, so you will have to drive scenic small or medium roads. If you arrive from north, I recommend you leave Clermont Ferrand and go with the D212 via Cournon and Billom, then follow the blue road on the map (picture1). You will go through picturesque villages like StDier d’Auvergne and St Amand Roche Savine , drive through two passes and then plunge down to Ambert. Coming from far, picture 2 shows an overview map to locate Ambert in France.
The train is a bit fastidious, and when during Summers my family was in our “den”, 15 km from Ambert, I came from Paris on week-ends by train, changed to a SNCF (French National Railway) bus in Vichy and this bus goes in every village before arriving in Ambert; it is a nice trip but very long and you need to be resistant to seasickness. . . .
And, as I wrote above is the plane. . . (picture3), just a pic of the landing track.
Written Nov 26, 2006