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Train from London to Avignon

 

Overview

Route: From London St Pancras to Avignon via Lille or Paris
Journey time: From 6 hrs 1 minute
Journey highlights:

For an even quicker service to Avignon, there is a direct service from London, 10 July - 11 September

Here's our short video of what it's like to travel by train from London to Avignon:

 

Avignon, gateway to Provence, is an atmospheric mediaeval city of honey-coloured buildings and winding streets, crowned by the dramatic Papal Palace. Its compact centre nestles between intact city walls, and the famous bridge still juts halfway out into the Rhône. This is the dream of France – quiet squares to relax in a café, delicious provençal cuisine, fine local wines; and many a place to buy a baguette and wander around the ancient streets – with all the joys of Provence on the doorstep.

 

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Lille

Sample itinerary: Depart 0953 London St Pancras (Eurostar), arrive Lille Europe 1224. Depart 1333 Lille Europe (TGV), arrive Avignon 1748
Price: From £119 return
Leg 1: London St Pancras to Lille Europe

First train 0620 (Mon-Fri), 0659 (Sat), 0857 (Sun).
Last train 1934 (every day).
Frequency of service: About 7 trains a day.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 1 hour 20 minutes.
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform at Lille Europe station to catch the onward connection. From the Eurostar platform, go up the stairs (or lift) to the main concourse from where the onward TGV trains depart.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 minutes.
 
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Leg 2:

Lille Europe to Avignon.

First train departs at 0602.
Last train departs at 1826. 

Frequency of service: 7 trains a day.
Operator:

TGV

Journey time: From 4 hrs 12 mins.
Destination

Bienvenue à Avignon

There are two main train stations in Avignon: international trains (including the direct summer service from London) usually arrive at Avignon TGV, outside the town – the station is linked to the city centre by the ‘TGV Navette’ bus, which costs 1,30€. This drops you off in front of the city’s other station, Avignon-Centre. From here, all points central are walkable, but it is a hub for transport around the city and the sights of the surrounding area.

The compact centre of Avignon lies within its ancient city walls, and is easily walkable, with only limited traffic. If you do need or want to take a longer journey, or to one of the outlying towns, villages, and attractions, there is a good local bus network. A two-line tram network is also planned for the Avignon area, opening is currently projected for 2016. Transport in Avignon is operated by TCRA, their site is in French only, however it does feature a useful journey planner and various maps of the Avignon transport network. Tickets for a single journey cost 1,30€ (valid for one hour), with a ‘carnet’ of ten tickets for 10,50€ and a day pass at 4€.

The Avignon area boasts 110km of segregated cycle paths – impressive for the city’s small size – and there is also a self-service bike sharing scheme called Vélopop operating across Avignon. You can take a bike from one docking station and return it to another when you reach your destination – for only 1€ per day (0,50€ for each half-hour of usage); the site has a useful map of vélopop stations.

 
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Option 2: via Paris

Sample itinerary: The 0855 from St Pancras arrives in Paris at 1217, giving you time to make the 1315 from Gare de Lyon and be in Avignon by 1556. Alternatively, linger over lunch in the city of Romance and take a later train from Paris to Provence.
Price: From £119 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

A relatively quick train trip from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for RER ligne D (which will be signposted 'direction' 'Melun', 'Malesherbes' or 'Corbeil Essonnes'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare de Lyon and takes a little over 10 minutes (plus there's a short 5 minute walk to the connecting TGV departure platforms), but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer.

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 minutes.
 
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Leg 2: Paris Gare de Lyon to Avignon

First train departs 0615 weekdays and 0715 weekends. Last train is at 2019, with an additional 2116 service Fridays and Sundays.
Frequency of service: Around 12 trains per day
Operator:

TGV

Journey time: From 2 hours 41 minutes
Destination

Bienvenue à Avignon

There are two main train stations in Avignon: international trains (including the direct summer service from London) usually arrive at Avignon TGV, outside the town – the station is linked to the city centre by the ‘TGV Navette’ bus, which costs 1,30€. This drops you off in front of the city’s other station, Avignon-Centre. From here, all points central are walkable, but it is a hub for transport around the city and the sights of the surrounding area.

The compact centre of Avignon lies within its ancient city walls, and is easily walkable, with only limited traffic. If you do need or want to take a longer journey, or to one of the outlying towns, villages, and attractions, there is a good local bus network. A two-line tram network is also planned for the Avignon area, opening is currently projected for 2016. Transport in Avignon is operated by TCRA, their site is in French only, however it does feature a useful journey planner and various maps of the Avignon transport network. Tickets for a single journey cost 1,30€ (valid for one hour), with a ‘carnet’ of ten tickets for 10,50€ and a day pass at 4€.

The Avignon area boasts 110km of segregated cycle paths – impressive for the city’s small size – and there is also a self-service bike sharing scheme called Vélopop operating across Avignon. You can take a bike from one docking station and return it to another when you reach your destination – for only 1€ per day (0,50€ for each half-hour of usage); the site has a useful map of vélopop stations.

 
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Your route to Avignon

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.

 

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