Travel to the Area

There is a wide choice of options for travel to Provence and below are some suggestions which we hope you find useful. We have done our best to ensure that the details are correct and up to date. However, in regard to the flight information in particular, new routes are being introduced all the time so we always recommend checking the latest information with the airlines or your regional airport before booking your holiday with provenceholidayhouses.com

Driving with your own car

Provence is approximately a 10-12 hour drive from the Channel ports. Below are details of the main cross channel routes and their operators with contact details for bookings. Just click on the name of the operator for more information on routes and fares

Route
Folkestone-Calais Norfolkline, Eurotunnel
Dover-Calais P&O, DFDS
Newhaven-Dieppe Transmanche Ferries
Portsmouth-Caen Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth-Cherbourg Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth-St. Malo Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth-Roscoff Brittany Ferries
Poole- Cherbourg Brittany Ferries
Plymouth-Roscoff Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth-Le Havre LD Lines
Cork-Roscoff Brittany Ferries
Rosslare-Roscoff Irish Ferries
Rosslare-Cherbourg Irish Ferries
Hull-Zeebrugge P&O

For driving routes through France we can suggest a few websites which you may find useful but we also supply detailed information on recommended routes at the time of booking your property.

Follow the links below;

Via Michelin

Google Maps

The AA

Motorail

Motorail services to Avignon run from late May to mid September and offer an excellent way to travel if you prefer not to drive long distances through France but to have the convenience of your own car for your holiday. Trains depart Paris Bercy in the evening and arrive in Avignon the following morning. There is a wide choice of sleeping accommodation from 4 and 6 berth couchettes to 2 berth first class sleeping compartments. An interesting option is to travel one way by motorail enabling you to take a leisurely drive through France with an overnight stop at either the beginning or end of your holiday.

For full details of timetables and to book direct contact click on the link to Rail Europe.

Motorail (SNCF Auto Rail)

Train with Eurostar and TGV

Rail travel to southern France is an increasingly popular option with frequent departures from London St. Pancras or Ashford and a simple cross-platform change at Lille for onward TGV to Avignon. Journey times are approximately 7 hours 30 mins hours to Avignon. During the summer months (June to September) there is a direct rail service from London St. Pancras to Avignon with a journey time of approximately 6 hours 15 mins.

Tickets can be booked direct via;

Voyages SNCF

Eurostar.

Flight options

Flying and hiring a car means you can take advantage of the low cost flight options from many regional airports and many of our guests are choosing this method of travel to Provence.

The most convenient airports for your holiday are Marseille or Nimes which are within 1 to 1hour 30 minutes drive of all the houses on provenceholidayhouses.com. However other airports can also be convenient where it means you are able to take advantage of a low cost direct flight from your local airport and just have a longer driving time to your holiday area on arrival in France. We think that this convenience combined with the ease of French motorway driving makes this is a very viable flight option.

So in addition to Marseille and Nimes, we list below the other airports you could consider and the estimated drive time from these airports to our area of Provence together with the airlines which currently fly there from UK regional airports. Just click on the links for details of timetables, availability and fares.

Another option you could consider if your regional airport does not offer direct flights to one of the destinations below, would be to fly from your local airport to Paris, Charles de Gaulle. From here there is an onward rail connection by TGV direct from the airport terminal - a fast and frequent service to Avignon in a journey time of approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Car hire is readily available at Avignon TGV station and can be pre-booked direct with all the major car rental companies.

Please note the information we give below is up to date to the best of our knowledge. New routes are being introduced all the time and additional routes are often operated during the summer months so we always recommend checking with your local airport to see what flight options may be available. If you find a flight/route we haven't listed please tell us.

Avignon (45 minutes) Marseille (1 hour) Nimes (1 hour 30 mins)
Birmingham Flybe
Exeter Flybe
Southampton Flybe

Bristol easyJet
Dublin Aer Lingus, Ryanair
Edinburgh Ryanair
London Gatwick easyJet,
London Stansted Ryanair
London HeathrowBritish Airways
Liverpool Ryanair
Luton Ryanair
Montpellier (2 hours) Toulon (2 hours) Lyon (2 hours 30 mins)
London Gatwick easyJet
Leeds- Bradford Ryanair
London Stansted Ryanair Aberdeen bmi
Dublin Aer Lingus
Edinburgh bmi
Glasgow bmi
London Heathrow British Airways bmi
London Stansted easyJet
Manchester bmi
Nice (3 hours) Geneva (3 hours)  
Belfast easyJet Aer Lingus
Bristol easyJet
Dublin Aer Lingus
Cork Aer Lingus
Edinburgh easyJet
Glasgow Jet2
Leeds-Bradford Jet2
Liverpool easyJet
London Gatwick easyJet
London Heathrow bmi; British Airways
London Stansted easyJet
Luton easyJet
Manchester Jet2
Newcastle easyJet
Belfast Aer Lingus easyJet
Birmingham Flybe
Bournemouth easyJet
Bristol easyJet
Dublin Aer Lingus
East Midlands easyJet
Edinburgh easyJet
Glasgow easyJet
Leeds-Bradford Jet2
Manchester Jet2
Norwich Flybe


Car Hire,

If you are arriving in the area by rail or air car hire is very easy and you can collect a hire car directly from your arrival railway station or airport.