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Avignon to Lourdes

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Avignon to Lourdes

We need to travel from Avignon to Lourdes in Sept 2013. What is available for this journey. I know an option is to hire a car, but what about trains and coaches.

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Paul

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1. Re: Avignon to Lourdes

There is no bus or coach service.

Avignon to Lourdes is some 500 km. By car, the journey would take some 5 hours of driving (plus stops) and would cost €34.10 in tolls and about €55 in fuel. See www.viamichelin.com

By train, the journey would take at least 5.5 hours with changes at Nimes (or Montpellier) and Toulouse. For the best prices, book direct with the train operator as far ahead as possible. Tickets go on sale 3 months before travel, and the cheapest tickets often sell out quickly. Prices keep going up as the travel date gets closer.

You can get train times and costs, and make bookings, in English at www.tgv-europe.com/en but use Antarctic as the "Ticket collection country" in the first screen to avoid being transferred to RailEurope, which has higher prices and does not list all the trains. For notes on online booking, see www.nickbooth.id.au/Tips/FrenchTrain.htm

Edited: 11:35 pm, February 02, 2013
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2. Re: Avignon to Lourdes

We have done the reverse, from Lourdes to Avignon, a few years back. We only had to change in Toulouse (not my favourite train station for its configuration, you need to haul your bags up a long flight of stairs). Lots of stops along the way. Since then we have opted to drive but that's because we go to way further points.

Follow sydneynick's instructions if you want to pursue the train route.

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