Fastest journey2hr 53m
High-speed TGV trains run directly from Paris to Aix-en-Provence in as little as three hours. Almost all trains on this route are TGV Duplex services so you can choose between upper deck and lower deck seating. Opt for the top level for the best views.
The number of direct trains from Paris to Aix varies by season and day of the week. You’ll usually have a choice of about 10 to 12 services at regular intervals throughout the day. The route is entirely on modern high-speed lines, so don’t expect a train that dawdles through the French countryside. The route skirts Burgundy vineyards, crosses the River Rhône east of Lyon and almost before you know it you’ll be in sunny Provence.
For the cheapest tickets 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.
Paris to Aix-en-Provence
The high-speed trains from Paris to Aix-en-Provence leave from Paris Gare de Lyon station. You’ll disembark at a station called Aix-en-Provence TGV, from where it is a 15-minute ride on a shuttle bus to the city centre. A couple of TGVs each day run non-stop from Paris to Aix, but most make one intermediate stop along the way at a dedicated TGV station on the southern outskirts of Avignon. With such an emphasis on speed, you’ll probably need to pause on arrival in Aix to allow your soul to catch up with you.
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