Getting to Provence
What airport is the closest to Vaison-la-Romaine?
The closest major airports are at Marseille, Lyon and Nice. Marseille is approximately an hour and a half drive from Vaison, Lyon approximately 2 1/2 hours by car, and Nice airport 2 3/4 hours (without traffic).
There are small airports also at Avignon (fifty minutes) and Nîmes (1 1/4 hours) both nearby cities, with direct links to Brussels, London (not the major airports), Liverpool and Southampton (England).
Montpellier airport (1 1/2 hours) flies to London Gatwick daily.
There are direct connections by TGV (France’s super-fast bullet train) from Nice (3 hours), Marseille (35 minutes) and Lyon (50 minutes) to the Avignon TGV station. From Lyon the connection is direct from the airport. At the other two cities you must take a slower train (TER), taxi or bus from the airport to the train station.
What train station is closest to Vaison-la-Romaine?
Avignon is about 1 hour away from Vaison. Please note that the Avignon-Centre station is in the center of Avignon, whereas the Avignon-TGV station is 6 km from the town center.
Because rental car facilities are extensive and convenient at the new TGV station, when reserving, Avignon-TGV is preferable to Avignon-Centre. You may also want to consider arriving in Orange, which is closer to Vaison but has few car rental facilities.
Do I need a car in Provence?
You will need transportation, so a car is highly recommended for your convenience while you are in Provence. Note that Chanteduc is a steep two-mile hike above Vaison-la-Romaine. If you choose not to rent a car, the taxi company we work with in Vaison is friendly and reliable for transportation to and from the train station or daily trips to Chanteduc if you desire (up to 7 passengers per vehicle).
Will transportation be included during the program?
How do I find train schedules and make train reservations from Paris or Nice?
Transportation is provided for any organized excursion.
Many students fly into either Paris or Nice and take the TGV to Avignon. The TGV trip to Avignon is approximately 3 hours from Nice and 2 hours 40 minutes direct from Paris Gare du Lyon. The train is a very pleasant way to see a lovely stretch of the French countryside. We recommend that you book first class TGV tickets as the accommodations are more spacious and the price difference is not great.
TGV tickets can be purchased approximately 90 days before the departure date. If you order in time, RailEurope will deliver your tickets to any U.S. address. We strongly recommend a direct connection with no changes. And if you'll be returning to Paris or other departure
point, be sure you book round trip – aller/retour in French, return in British English. Pay attention also to departure and arrival terminals -- Paris-CDG (Charles de Gaulle) for the airport terminal, Paris Gare de Lyon for Paris, and Avignon TGV for Avignon.
For detailed driving instructions in English see Michelin UK.