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London to Avignon by train
Fastest journey5hr 44m
Trains per day20
Avg. journey time6hr 42m
Travelling from London to Avignon by train
Fast trains from London to Avignon take around 5 hours and 44 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 921 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Avignon.
1. Are there direct trains from London to Avignon?
Journeys between London and Avignon usually involve one change of train. We have found some direct departures on this route but these are less frequent than routes requiring a change.
We usually find around 21 departures on the route from London to Avignon 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 20 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from London to Avignon?
The London to Avignon train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 44 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the London to Avignon train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Avignon 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.
What's the London to Avignon train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Avignon are $71.30.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $212 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $171. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book London to Avignon train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 12 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 Avignon by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Avignon?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Avignon, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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There are three main routes for London to Avignon - Eurostar and TGV via Paris or Lille, or direct from London by Eurostar on the new year-round service launched in 2015.
During summer 2018, it'll be possible to board a Eurostar train at London St. Pancras International and travel directly to Avignon without the need to change trains along the way. This is a seasonal direct train to Marseille which stops in Avignon on its fash dash south to the Mediterranean. The travel time from London to Avignon is under six hours.
The 2018 season for the direct service from London to Avignon starts on 4 May 2018, initially running three times each week, but with four trains per week from 25 May (normally on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in each direction). But there are of course plenty of alternative routes to the direct train, with multiple options each day requiring an easy change of train in Lille or Paris.
London to Avignon TGV
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent. The train stops at Ashford International to pick up passengers before diving into the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you’ll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders’ fields towards Paris. Skirting the east of the French capital, it’s then a fast dash south through Burgundy to the Rhône Valley. The train stops in Lyon before arriving in Avignon, where the train stops at the out-of-town TGV station. There is a local connecting train to Avignon Centre, taking just a few minutes.
On the return journey from Avignon TGV to London, there is an extra stop at Lille Europe. This is required by the UK Border Force in order for the authorities to carry out immigration checks before the train enters the Channel Tunnel.
Eurostar & TGV via Lille
It is very easy to travel by train from London to Avignon. Eurostar has of course long had a direct summer service to the city on the banks of the River Rhône.
If the timings or days of operation of Eurostar’s direct train from London to Avignon do not suit you, there are further options. The best alternative is to travel via Lille Europe and that is the route we describe here. It is a journey with two stages: one on Eurostar from London to Lille, and then an onward connection on a high-speed TGV train within France. Finally, if you don’t mind changing stations in Paris, you also have an excellent choice of services to Avignon via the French capital.
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 to Avignon TGV
TGVs run each day directly from Lille Europe to Avignon TGV station. The latter is not the city centre station in Avignon, but a dedicated new station for high-speed trains south-west of the city. A regular local train takes five minutes for the link from Avignon TGV to Avignon Centre.
Trains from Lille to Avignon TGV make three to four 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 before the fast run south to Avignon.
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