Fastest journey6hr 13m
It is very easy to travel by train from London to Aix-en-Provence. The journey normally has two parts: a ride on Eurostar from London to France, and then an onward connection on a high-speed TGV train within France.
The key question is where to make that change from Eurostar to TGV. On those days when there is a direct Eurostar from London to Avignon, it makes sense to change there – but that does mean an early morning start from London. An alternative is to travel via Lille with a choice of four trains each day on that route. Finally, if you do not mind changing stations in Paris, you have an excellent choice of services via the French capital.
Of these various routes, the most consistently popular with Loco2 customers is that via Lille, which we describe here. It starts with a short ride on Eurostar from London to Lille, where you change onto a TGV for the fast run south to Aix-en-Provence.
For the cheapest fares, book when tickets are first released for sale. That’s normally three months prior to travel, but for journeys in the peak summer season bookings may open four months or even longer in advance.
You'll find that there are also many other trains to Aix-en-Provence.
London to Lille
Board a Eurostar service from London to Lille. There are about ten trains from London to Lille each day, departing every hour or two from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras. At Lille, Eurostar stops at the modern Lille Europe station, which has an excellent range of onward high-speed trains to cities across France.
The fastest Eurostar trains from London speed to Lille in just 1 hr 22 mins. Slower trains (which may make up to three stops along the way) take up to 20 minutes longer to reach Lille Europe.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar’s airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. This is a light-touch security scan, and there are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Lille to Aix-en-Provence
Six high-speed TGV trains each day run directly from Lille Europe to Aix-en-Provence TGV station. The latter is not the city centre station in Aix, but a dedicated new station for high-speed trains south-west of the city. There is a regular bus link from the station into town.
Trains from Lille to Aix-en-Provence make four or five intermediate stops. The route tracks south from Flanders through Picardie, before skirting the eastern suburbs of Paris. Then it’s south through Burgundy to the Rhône Valley where all trains stop in Lyon and then at either Valence or Avignon before arriving in Aix.
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