Avignon TGV

Frankfurt to Avignon by train

Take the daily direct train from central Germany to Provence

This is the only direct train service from Frankfurt (Main) to destinations in southern France.



From Frankfurt Main Hbf to Avignon TGV

Travel Information

Final Destination: Marseille

The train also calls at: Lyon Part-Dieu and Aix-en-Provence TGV

The train is due to arrive in Avignon TGV station more than 50 minutes before a train will be departing on the short journey to Avignon Centre station, but the buses which link the TGV station to the town centre won't be operating at this time of day.

This train is usually scheduled to depart from Frankfurt (Main) at 13:54.

1 x train per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 4 months ahead of the travel date

The train is usually scheduled to depart from Frankfurt (Main) at 13:54, so target that time when looking up this journey.


Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding.

Booking tickets:

On the DB booking site look for journeys that have 0 in the Chg. column

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB from €39.90

DB Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.
Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Two types of ticket have recently been made available;

  1. Cheaper 'Young' tickets which can only be booked by those aged 15-26 on the travel date.
  2. Flexi Plus tickets, which are now the most expensive type of ticket, but they're the only type of 2nd class tickets which DO include a seat reservation.
SNCF Connect from €39.90

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

On some dates between Jan 9th to March 26th, due to maintenance works on the railways around Frankfurt (Main), these trains will be commencing their journeys at Mannheim, so direct journeys won't be available.
Connecting trains will be available from Frankfurt (Main) to Mannheim.

This routing is made possible by a network of high speed lines, but this train will actually spend a large percentage of the journey on conventional tracks.

The train will travel on these four high speed lines:

  1. On a short stretch of high speed route between Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden;
  2. It travels the full length of the LGV Rhin-Rhone;
  3. Between Macon and Lyon
  4. Then on the final part of the journey from Lyon to Avignon

The train will travel particularly slowly between the German high speed route and Strasbourg, but this is one of the most interesting parts of the trip, see if you can spot when the train crosses the border.

Though it's not a particularly scenic journey, so having something to watch or read with you is recommended; the only wow factor on this train ride comes from the speed.

The train will reverse direction on departure from Strasbourg.

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