Fastest journey7hr 17m
The new direct train from Madrid to Avignon has given a boost to travel between the two cities. If the timings of this once-daily train do not suit your schedule there are further options which normally require a change of train at both Barcelona Sants and Narbonne, adding in total about an hour to the overall journey time.
The direct service to Avignon from Madrid is run by Spanish rail operator RENFE, using high-speed AVE trains. The first part of the journey is a fast dash from Madrid through Barcelona to Perpignan in France. Thereafter the pace slows as the train cruises through Languedoc, eventually crossing the River Rhône to reach Avignon.
Bookings on this route may open as long as four months prior to travel. Yet at certain times of the year you may find that services are opened for booking only a few weeks prior to travel. If you're having trouble finding trains, contact us and we'll notify you when booking opens. Book early for the cheapest fares.
Madrid to Avignon
The journey from Madrid to Avignon starts at Puerta de Atocha station. The once-daily direct AVE service makes nine intermediate stops, taking just over seven hours for the journey to Avignon. There is much good scenery on this route, with some particularly fine views of the Languedoc coast on the stretch between Perpignan and Montpellier. Arrival in Avignon is at the town’s TGV station, some way south of the city centre. A shuttle train from Avignon TGV gives a useful connection to Avignon Centre station.
Other journeys to Avignon View all journeys to Avignon
- From Arles from £5.50
- From Nice from £28.50
- From Lille from £35.00
- From Marseille from £11.00
- From Montpellier Saint-Roch from £13.00
- From Geneva from £26.50
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