London to Aix-en-Provence by train

  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    6hr 43m
  • Distance
    982 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    8hr 18m
  • Train operators

Travelling from London to Aix-en-Provence by train

Fast trains from London to Aix-en-Provence take around 6 hours and 43 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 982 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Aix-en-Provence.

1. Are there direct trains from London to Aix-en-Provence?

Journeys between London and Aix-en-Provence usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 20 departures on the route from London to Aix-en-Provence every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 19 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from London to Aix-en-Provence?

The London to Aix-en-Provence train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 43 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the London to Aix-en-Provence train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Aix-en-Provence is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 17:01. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 17:01.

When to book London to Aix-en-Provence train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 8 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Aix-en-Provence by train.

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Which train companies operate between London and Aix-en-Provence?

More than one train company operates on the route from London to Aix-en-Provence, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Eurostar
  • Intercités de Nuit
  • TER
  • TGV
  • Train Express Regional

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Aix-en-Provence to London by train

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Eurostar & TGV

It is very easy to travel by train from London to Aix-en-Provence. The journey normally has two parts: a ride on Eurostar from London to France, and then an onward connection on a high-speed TGV train within France.

The key question is where to make that change from Eurostar to TGV. On those days when there is a direct Eurostar from London to Avignon, it makes sense to change there – but that does mean an early morning start from London. The direct train from London (and Ashford) to Avignon is a seasonal service; in 2018, it starts on 4 May and runs three or four times weekly until the autumn. An alternative is to travel from London via Lille with a choice of trains each day from Lille to Aix. Finally, if you do not mind changing stations in Paris, you have an excellent choice of services via the French capital.

Of these various routes, the most consistently popular with Loco2 customers is that via Lille, which we describe here. It starts with a short ride on Eurostar from London to Lille, where you change onto a TGV for the fast run south to Aix-en-Provence.

London to Lille

Board a Eurostar service from London to Lille. There are about ten trains from London to Lille each day, departing every hour or two from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras. At Lille, Eurostar stops at the modern Lille Europe station, which has an excellent range of onward high-speed trains to cities across France.

The fastest Eurostar trains from London speed to Lille in just 1 hr 22 mins. Slower trains (which may make up to three stops along the way) take up to 20 minutes longer to reach Lille Europe.

Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar’s airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. This is a light-touch security scan, and there are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

Lille Europe to Aix-en-Provence TGV

Six high-speed TGV trains each day run directly from Lille Europe to Aix-en-Provence TGV station. The latter is not the city centre station in Aix, but a dedicated new station for high-speed trains south-west of the city. There is a regular bus link from the station into town.

Trains from Lille to Aix-en-Provence make four or five intermediate stops. The route tracks south from Flanders through Picardie, before skirting the eastern suburbs of Paris. Then it’s south through Burgundy to the Rhône Valley where all trains stop in Lyon and then at either Valence or Avignon before arriving in Aix.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.