Avignon TGV train station is located within the territory of Avignon, south of the city centre. Built in 2001, it reflects its relative modernity through the contemporary design — an upside-down boat hull and an impressive glass roof. Roughly 130 trains are welcomed through its six platforms every day. Many high-speed trains pass through the station, making it reachable from Paris in just 2h30mins and from Marseille in less than 40 minutes! Intercity and TER trains also pass through the station, making it a perfect hub for long-distance and short-distance travel. Just outside the station, visitors will be able to catch the buses and taxis awaiting their arrival. Thanks to these services, it takes under 20 minutes to reach Avignon Airport and even less time to visit the city centre, allowing for easy onward travel and time to discover all that this picturesque French city has to offer.
Thanks to the bus stop just outside Avignon TGV train station, it takes just 13 minutes to reach the city centre. Pont d’Avignon makes for a great starting point for visitors’ explorations and is only a 10-minute walk away from the very heart of the city centre. After taking in the spectacular views, travellers should head on to the Palais des Papes, which is a 10-minute walk south. This palace was once the residence of the papal court and it was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Next door to the palace is Avignon’s cathedral, which was built in the 12th century and serves as a prime example of Romanesque architecture. Its most famous feature is the gilded six-foot statue of the Virgin Mary that sits atop the bell tower.
Avignon city centre provides the perfect excuse to go window shopping, or perhaps to actually splash the cash, with its local businesses, boutiques, terraced restaurants and bars. Visitors will actually find the best restaurants in this part of the city, many of which are run by highly-recommended chefs specialising in Avignon’s traditional dishes, such as bouillabaisse, anchoïade or daube. Avignon also offers its visitors a plethora of delicacies to sample at the numerous markets located within the city centre. These make for the perfect place to discover Provençale cuisine. Fresh herbs, olive oil and other local ingredients combine to create a culinary spectacle that no tourist should miss. And finally, anyone with a sweet tooth should keep an eye out for papalines, the city’s traditional dessert, which simply must be sampled!
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