Travel to Avignon
Flying to Avignon
CityJet operates direct flights to Avignon from London City Airport in the summer. Flybe offers direct summer flights from Birmingham and Southampton. Fares are moderate but climb during school holidays.
From London - 1 hour 55 minutes; New York - 15 hours (including stopovers);Los Angeles - 17 hours 30 minutes (including stopovers); Toronto - 16 hours 30 minutes (including stopovers); Sydney - 29 hours (including stopovers).
Travel by road
Major roads throughout France are high quality and well maintained. Most motorways (autoroutes) charge tolls, including the A7 and A9 which pass either side of Avignon. Drive on the right and unless signs indicate that you have the right of way (eg 'passage protégé' signs, or a yellow diamond sign), give way to traffic approaching from the right; in practice this normally only affects town driving as main roads are given priority out of town.
Speed limits are 130kph (81mph) on motorways, 110kph (68mph) on dual carriageways, 90kph (56mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas.
The minimum driving age is 18. Seat belts must be worn by everyone in both front and back of the car. Children under 10 may not travel in the front. You should be able to show your normal driving licence and car registration documents at all times. No Green Card or international licence is needed. Headlamps should be adjusted for driving on the right. French police have the power to fine motorists on the spot for driving offences.
Emergency breakdown services
Garage CATTO, 16 boulevard Saint Roch, Avignon (tel: +33 4 9082 1611) offers breakdown pick-up and repairs 24 hours a day, all year round.
Autoroute A7 (for Paris-Provence-Italy) passes 7km (4 miles) east of Avignon; A9 (for Paris-Languedoc-Spain) passes 10km (6 miles) west. The main roads into Avignon are N100 from the west, N7 from the east, D907 from the north and D570n from the south.
The coach station (gare routière), with local, national and international services, is beside the city centre railway station. Major international operator Eurolines (tel: 0892 899 091, in France or +33 1 4186 2421; www.eurolines.com) has connecting services from Avignon to destinations throughout Europe.
Time to city
From Paris - 7 hours; Nice - 2 hours 30 minutes; Barcelona - 5 hours.
Travel by Rail
France has among the best inter-city rail services in the world, with fast, comfortable, punctual trains and good station facilities. As a major regional capital, Avignon is served by frequent trains from all other cities in southern France, the Rhône Valley and the North. There are direct TGVs (high-speed trains) from Paris and Lille several times daily. Eurostar runs direct to Avignon from London throughout the summer months.
SNCF (tel: 3635, in France only or +33 892 353 535; www.sncf.fr), the state-owned train company, runs all the rail services within France. Eurostar (tel: +44 1233 617 575; www.eurostar.com) offers a direct London St Pancras-Avignon service from May to October.
From London - 5 hours 50 minutes; Paris - 2 hours 40 minutes.
Avignon has two railway stations.
TGVs and Eurostar services stop at the TGV station, or Gare Avignon TGV, which is 4km (2.5 miles) south of the city centre. It’s linked to central Avignon by shuttle buses, which stop in front of the post office.
Local trains stop at the city centre station, or Gare Avignon Centre. Just opposite the main gate of the old city walls on boulevard St Roch, this is an easy five- to 10-minute walk from the heart of Avignon. If you prefer, there are buses and taxis outside the station.