Train Travel TGV Avignon to Nice on the Fast One
TGV Service Fast Train to Nice
I’ve just returned on a TGV train to Avignon after spending 24 hours in Nice. The quick trip on the fast train to Nice was planned with Patricia Sands and Nancy McGee to finalize our plans for the Memories Tour in September.
The train ride along the Côte d’Azur out of Nice is spectacular. Antibes. Cannes. These are places I only dreamed I would see. Now they’re passing by me as if they were crossings on a road.
Continue reading here for Deborah’s photos and video from her TGV trip to the French Riviera
Avignon TGV Need to Know
The Avignon TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) station is not in the centre of the old city. However, it is a short 20-minute (roughly) taxi ride or a drive to the city centre. There are several rental car options onsite just outside the station. The station itself is a contemporary design; the train tracks are raised above ground level. Inside the station, you will find services to buy a bite to eat, something to read and even a Starbucks coffee.
The Avignon Gare is the station located just steps from the old ramparts. This station is serviced by local and regional trains.
The TGV is operated by the national rail service the SNCF. The first trains operated from Paris to Lyon on September 27, 1981. Although the French TGV holds the record for the fastest speed at 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph), the trains typically travel at a maximum of 320 km/h (200 mph) with passengers.
As Deborah describes, a journey on the TGV is almost mind-blowing. You can travel from Avignon to Paris is just 2.5 hours or to London in just under 6 hours.