Avignon and the Palais des Papes


Avignon was for a while capital of Christendom in the  Middle Ages. It has preserved an exceptional cultural inheritance from its History, and a large part of this is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites.

These World Heritage sites include the Popes' Palace (Palais des Papes), the Pont d’Avignon (Avignon bridge) but also the  large square in front of the Palais with the baroque facade of the Exchange, the Museum of the Petit Palais and the Avignon Cathedral, Notre-Dame des Doms, as well as the stretch of ramparts that run from the Garden of Les Doms to the bridge.


How to reach Avignon

Avignon is around 100 km north of Marseille. For international travelers, the most general options may be to take a plane to either Paris-Charles-de-Gaule or Marseille-Provence and then the TGV train to Avignon. However, there are many different options and some helpful details can be found below.


Useful information
Rail traffic information, timetables, tickets, telephone services.
Tel. 36 35 - 0.34€ a minute
Rail traffic information, timetables, tickets, telephone services and ticket booking on line

Gare Avignon TGV

Quartier de Courtine
TGV (high speed train) direct lines to Paris (2h40), Charles de Gaulle airport, Lille, Nantes, Rouen, Metz, Montpellier, Genève, Bruxelles, Lyon, Marne la Vallée, Rennes, Toulouse, Strasbourg.
Regular Train link to the city center.
>> hours (1.50 €, during : 4 min.)

Gare Avignon Centre

Boulevard Saint-Roch
Regional trains, Intercity lines and TGV (high speed train) to Paris (3h20), Eurostar Avignon-London during the summer period.
Auto train Avignon Sud
Chemin de la Poulasse
Tel. + 33 (0)4 90 27 81 70
Avignon – Paris : summer and winter.

TGV ticket office at the TGV station

From September to June,
From Monday to Saturday : 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Closed on Wednesday and certain Bank Holidays.
In July and August,
From Monday to Sunday
8.45 a.m. to-12.45 a.m. /2 p.m. to 7 p.m.



Airport Avignon Provence

Tel. + 33 (0)4 90 81 51 51
8 kms from Avignon
- All flight times on www.avignon.aeroport.fr
- Flights for Southampton (Flybe): 3 return flights a week with connecting flights to Ireland and the Channel Islands- Flights for Birmingham (Flybe), 2 return flights a week.
- Flights for London city airport (Cityjet), from june to September, 2 return flights a week
- Flights for Bastia (Cityjet), from June to September, all the saturdays
- Chartered flights
- Air transport on request
- Private flights, VIP space

Airport Marseille-Provence

Tel. + 33 (0)4 42 14 14 14
57 international destinations including 32 European destinations.
Airport MP2
7 low cost airlines flying to 26 international towns in Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden.

Airport Nîmes-Arles-Camargue

Tel. + 33 (0)4 66 70 49 49
Fax. + 33 (0)4 66 70 91 24
Two daily air links from Nîmes-Londres Luton and four weekly airlinks from Nîmes/Liverpool.
3 weekly air links from Nîmes/East Midlands (Nottingham).
4 weekly air links from Nîmes / Bruxelles.