Advice please on the most scenic and best way to travel from Turin to Avignon
The only way by public transport is by train, which will take around 8 hours.
You take Italian trains to Ventimiglia, and French trains from there. You will need to change trains at Cuneo, Ventimiglia and Nice.
For the best prices, book direct with the train operators as far ahead as possible. Tickets go on sale 3 months before travel in France, and usually 120 days in Italy, and the cheapest tickets often sell out quickly. Prices keep going up as the travel date gets closer.
In Italy, train times after 9 June are not yet available. It is not possible to say when they will be posted: keep checking www.lefrecce.it
You can get French 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
On the French site, use the French spelling of Ventimiglia, which is Vintimille.
Fastest journeys from Turin to Avignon TGV are not via Ventimiglia, but are with only one change of train via Bourg en Bresse or Lyon St.Exupery as given on the tgv-europe website or voyages-sncf.com in French. These journeys show on dates from March to 90 days away, but for some reason not this week.
If you wish to go the Mediterranean route, shortest journeys are with changes of train at Cuneo, Breil sur Roya and Nice, or almost as short, via Cuneo, Ventimiglia and Nice. Slightly more expensively, there are also a couple of direct trains from Turin to Ventimiglia which take a longer route via Savona.
See www.ferroviedellostato.it/homepage_en.html for times from Turin to Nice Ville. Fares are not available online, though will be about €20 to Nice. Buy tickets in Turin Porta Nuova at the booking office only, not machines. There are no reservations or advance reductions.
Buy Nice-Avignon on tgv-europe.com
Seems as though its not that simple
But not that difficult either. Sure, there are no direct trains, but why should there be? There aren't a lot of people wishing to go from Turin to Avignon.
So you have a choice of a northerly route with one change of train and through ticketing, or a southerly route with two or three changes of train and buying your tickets twice - once in Torino Porta Nuova station to Nice, and the other ticket online or in Nice Ville station.
The southerly route is prettier, but will probably take longer.
Can u tell me if I leave Avignon for Turin the shortest way and were do I change trains , should I purchase tickets in Aust. Or in France. Thank you for information.
Tickets will be on sale from 90 days in advance - and the cheapest offers usually sell out far in advance of the day of travel.
See http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/ entering Avignon (all stations) and Turin. This will tell you for each departure time which of the two Avignon stations to use and which station(s) to change at on the way.
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