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Any advice on getting from Avignon to Venice

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DLM
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Any advice on getting from Avignon to Venice

We will be in St. Remy for a week exploring that area then we will returning rental car to Avignon train station and need to get to Venice. I see several routes by train One through Torino to Milan to Venice and another down through Nice. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Are there any direct flights. i have the entire trip figured out except for this...Thanks

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1. Re: Any advice on getting from Avignon to Venice

There really aren't any great options by train, and the fastest I can find on a quick check takes almost 11 hours. Perhaps the most convenient would be Avignon-Nice-Milan-Venice with two changes, leaving Avignon at 10:34, arriving Venice Sta Lucia at 22:08. The only quicker one I am seeing involves three changes and means leaving Avignon at 07:31.

I think I'd prefer to take the train to Nice (3 hours) and fly to Venice (VCE) with alpieagles. Alternatively you could go to Paris (also about 3 hours) and fly from ORY to VCE with EasyJet. Which of these would be better would depend on price and flight schedules among other things. Of course the Paris option means getting from Gare de Lyon to ORY.

Check the German rail site (strangely enough) for train timetables:

www.bahn.de

The airlines' web sites are:

www.easyjet.com

www.alpieagles.com

It does occur to me that you could drive to Nice as fast as the train would take you, more or less, and go straight to the airport.

On the outside chance that you might find a worthwhile fare from either Marseille, Toulon or Nice, it wouldn't hurt to check

www.airfrance.fr

www.alitalia.it

Look for round-trip fares even if you are only travelling one way.

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2. Re: Any advice on getting from Avignon to Venice

Thanks...Is this a crazy idea? I was thinking og taking trains from Avignon to tTorino spending one night to say hello to our 2005 exchange student and then taking a direct train from Torino to Venice. I can see the train route but they seem to be small trains and I cannot figure this out. The torino to Venice has a direct that is easy I just want to know if the avignon to Torino is feasible and is it scenic

I really appreciate any help and will try to answer others questions in return

Thanks!!!!!

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3. Re: Any advice on getting from Avignon to Venice

Hi DLM -

I don't think you're crazy to attempt this. The connections to Torino, as you have discovered, are not the greatest. Here is what I think is the best available:

Dep. Avignon TGV 07:31 TGV #6852

Arr. Valence TGV 08:05

Dep. Valence TGV 08:26 RE Train #17520

Arr. Chambéry 10:08

Dep. Chambéry 10:58 TGV #9241

Arr. Torino Porta Susa 13:25

So, as you can see, almost six hours. Is it scenic? Yes, for the most part. Would I do it? Without question.

There is another possible option, in theoory a bit quicker, leaving Avignon at 14:28, arriving Torino 19:46. The problem with this option is that it involves taking a bus from Valence to Grenoble and you have only seven (!) minutes to make it from the bus to the train in Grenoble. Way too risky, IMO.

Let me know if this helps and if I can help with anything else.

Go for it! Bon voyage!

PS: RE = Regional Express

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4. Re: Any advice on getting from Avignon to Venice

Just a few more details further to IrishRovr ' s reply -

I have been checking out a new airline that is on

www.italiweb.it

since they fly from Venice to Nice . Their head office is based in Pescara in Italy. The last time I tried for a booking request , the site only came up with about a month in advance so no good for your if your travel dates are way ahead;

Re . trains from France - there is a night train daily from Nice to Venice and vice versa.

It currently leaves at 21HO7 arriving at Venice at 07.36 the next morning. This timetable does not vary normally year round.

There are couchettes with six persons per compartment and others for four people.Otherwise , there are more expensive solutions.

The couchettes for four compartments are better than the one s for three -

the latter cost more and have three beds/couchettes one above the other , whereas the couchettes set-up for four people are just two on one side and two on the other side of the compartment - so there is more space between the two couchettes.

There is a promotional rate called "SMART Price " which you can find on the

www.trenitalia.com

site -to get the home page in English see link in top right hand corner of the home page in Italian.

Smart price for couchettes ( for the x 4 set-up ) is Euros 45.

This train avoids having to change. The Venice Santa Lucia station is in the heart of Venice - the steps outside take you to the canal and motonave/boats. Do not make the mistake of getting off at Mestre , which is just before Venice.

Should you take the day train from Nice - it leaves at 10H05 arriving at Santa Lucia Station at 18H08 but and it is big BUT , one only has 15 minutes to connect in Milano Centrale and the train from Nice usually arrives a few minutes or more late.

One needs to allow for this and book a train going an hour later than the one that one would logically take. Milan to Venice trains go

at least

every hour - be careful that you get the right train fare for the right train since some trains are more expensive than others.

The difference if paid on the train when they control your ticket if it is not the right rate can be enormous - I know from experience.

The scenery from Nice to Genova is generally beautiful and a lot is very close to the sea/beaches.

Amongst the multiple places to visit in and around Venice, may I recommend the town of Chioggia - check it out under "Chioggia " on TripAdvisor - plenty of tips on how to get there.

Have a great trip .

A.

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5. Re: Any advice on getting from Avignon to Venice

Thanks all of you...Your responses are amazing. I am considering all the options and will make my reservation by Monday.

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