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Aix-en-Provence: The station (Av. Victor Hugo 04–91–08–16–40) is a five-minute walk from Place du Général-de-Gaulle and offers many connections, including Marseille (40 mins, 12 to 40 trains daily; €7.20), Nice (3 hrs 40 mins, up to 15 trains daily; €35.40), and Cannes (3 hrs 10 mins, up to 15 trains daily; €32), along with other destinations; note that the TGV station for Aix is about 16 km (10 miles) west of the city—a shuttle bus connects it with the town station.

Arles: Only one TGV train from Paris arrives daily; from the Gare Centrale station (Av. Paulin Talabot) you can connect to Nîmes (25 mins, €7.20), Marseille (1 hr, €14.10), Avignon Centre (18 mins, €6.90), and Aix-en-Provence (2 hrs with connection, €19.40).

Avignon: The Gare Avignon TGV station is a few miles southwest of the city in the district of Courtine (a shuttle bus connects with the train station in town); other trains (and a few TGV) use the Gare Avignon Centre station located at 42 boulevard St-Roch, where you can find trains to Orange (15 mins, €5.70), Arles (18 mins, €6.90), L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Nîmes, Marseille, and Aix-en-Provence.

Marseille: The station on Esplanade St-Charles (04–91–08–16–40) serves all regions of France, and is at the northern end of the city center, a 20-minute walk from the Vieille Ville. Marseille has train routes to Aix-en-Provence (40 mins, 12 to 40 trains daily; €7.20), Avignon (1 hr 10 mins, almost hourly; €19.20), Nîmes (1½ hrs, €20), Arles (1 hr, €14.10), and Orange (1½ hrs, €22.70). Once in Marseille, you can link up with the coastal train route, which links all the resort towns lining the coast eastward to Monaco and Menton, along with trains to Cassis, Bandol, and Toulon.

Nîmes: There are eight TGV trains daily on the four-hour trip from Paris; frequent trains connect with Avignon Centre (30 mins, €8.90) and Arles (25 mins, €7.90), along with Montpellier and Marseille; to reach the Vieille Ville from the station, walk north on Avenue Fauchères.

Contacts

SNCF (36-35 €0.34 per min. www.voyages-sncf.com.)

TGV (36-35 €0.34 per min. www.tgv.com.)

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