About Trains in Provence
There is a good train service between the main cities in Provence, and in the coastal area to the south of Provence. Inland, the service doesn't really exist to the east of Aix en Provence.
The two main arrival points in Provence are the train stations of Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. The TGV Méditerranée line connects Paris with the South and the Southeast of France, serving Lyon, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. To reach the towns and villages in the French Riviera, the TGV travels at a slower speed to Toulon, Cannes and the city of Nice. Nice is also served by the Auto Train service where you deposit your car on the train and take a comfortable seat in the carriage to your destination. Perfect for long journeys.
Read out guide for more information about National and International Train Services.
For information and timetables on the TGV (high-speed trains) & national rail services, visit the SNCF website. TGV-europe have timetables for all European train travel. The Eurostar website has train timetables from London to Paris and Brussels.
The local train service is run by SNCF - TER (Transports Express Regionaux) - search for PACA region on the website (PACA is Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur). You can see an overview of the places service by the train on this Map of Train Services in Provence.
A lovely way of seeing some of the countryside and rural Provence is by train.
|Train des Pignes - Nice to Dignes-les-Bains|
|Starting in Nice, the Train des Pignes winds up through the hills, stopping at 15 villages en route where you can alight, explore and take a hike in the countryside. It takes three and a half hours to reach Dignes-les-Bains and there are four trains daily.|
|Train des Merveilles - Nice to Tende|
|The Train des Merveilles takes you from the coastline of Nice into the rugged mountains of the Vallée des Merveilles and the Mercantour National Park. It runs all year round, with onboard commentary in French and English every day from June to September and at weekends in May and October.|
|Steam Train- Nice to Puget-Theniers|
|For an extra special trip, book yourself onto the steam train that runs on certain weekends from May to October. Starting in Nice it follows part of the Train des Pignes route and terminates at Puget-Theniers before returning to Nice.|
Many of the cities and towns in Provence will have their own 'Petit Train' which is a small tourist train that takes you round the main sights and attractions, normally with commentary. Avignon in particular has a very popular Petit Train and it is worth a trip to get your bearings around this beautiful city.