Travel in style on TGV high-speed trains from the French capital of Paris to Avignon in the sunny South of France. In just over two and a half hours, it’s one of the quickest and most convenient ways locals and tourists can travel between these two cities – and much less stressful than driving!
Want to make the journey even more enjoyable? TGV First Class offers wider reclining seating and the choice of sitting in a private cabin. Once you arrive into Avignon TGV station, a short walk about the charming cobbled streets will lead you to the Palais des Papes – Europe’s largest medieval fortress. Ready to book your train to Avignon? Keep reading for information about train types, ticket prices and journey times.
It takes an average of 3h 39m to travel from Paris to Avignon by train, over a distance of around 359 miles (577 km). There are normally 23 trains per day traveling from Paris to Avignon and tickets for this journey start from $21.68 when you book in advance.
577 miles (359 km)
23 trains per day
Direct trains available
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TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.
OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.
SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Paris to Avignon by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Paris and Avignon is 3 hours and 39 minutes, with around 23 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Avignon is 2 hours and 39 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Avignon can start from as little as $21.68 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Avignon without having to change trains. There are 14 direct trains from Paris to Avignon each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Avignon leaves at 05:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Avignon leaves at 21:25. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Paris to Avignon cover a distance of around 359 miles (577 km) during the journey.