Provence cycling trips - View of Roussillon village with Mont Ventoux in the background.
Provence bike tour - Cherry orchard in blossom.

TRAVEL INFORMATION TO OUR B&B - PROVENCE CYCLING TRIPS.

TIMING: Our self guided Provence cycling tours have varying start days - please consult the availability page for exact dates. Our tours run from April to October. Arrivals are from 4pm (from Noon when organised in advance) and departures are up to 11am.

LOCATION: We are based in the South of France, just outside the village of Coustellet, in the Luberon Regional Park, in the Department of the Vaucluse, Provence. We are 5 kms South of Gordes & 20 kms east of Avignon.

TRANSPORT LINKS - OUR TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS:
A plane to Marseille or the French high speed trains (TGV) to Avignon are the best travel options.
Once at these terminals you can hire a car fairly cheaply (circa 200 € for a 6 day hire - arguscarhire.com are very good).
There is also a local train service from the airport (first you get the shuttle bus transfer to Vitrolles train station) to Cavaillon station. Then it's a 15 min taxi ride to us (circa 20 €).
From Avignon train station we would suggest either a:
Hire car,
Taxi (circa 80 € and available outside the station),
or the Local Bus (service 15.1 - Avignon / Apt - Approx 6 buses per day from outside the station) to get to us at Coustellet (It's listed as the Maubec / Coustellet stop).

BY AIR & THEN ROAD:
There are frequent international flights (including low cost) to Marseille, Montpellier & Nice airports (and Avignon & Nimes to a lesser extent). Avignon airport is 25 mins away, Marseille airport is an easy 50 mins motorway journey away, Nimes 1h10, Montpellier 1h30 & Nice is 2h30 by motorway. Most motorways (autoroutes in French) are toll roads, you first take a ticket when entering and then can pay with foreign credit cards or euro coins when exiting.

See the following links:
Easyjet fly to Marseille & Montpellier https://goo.gl/oci63A
Ryanair fly to Marseille & Montpellier https://goo.gl/KbkWOq
Flybe to Avignon https://goo.gl/W6i2nY
BA to Marseille https://goo.gl/xOr4VY
Air France to Marseille https://goo.gl/lVuEcN

BY TGV TRAINS (HIGH SPEED TRAINS) & THEN ROAD:
See the following links: RailEurope - https://goo.gl/BNAi5m
Eurostar - https://goo.gl/WR5a3f

From the UK: Frequent Eurostar / TGV trains leave from the UK (St Pancras & Ashford) to Lille or Paris, usually a second train will then take you to Avignon (travel time approx 6h40).
If travelling via Paris you will arrive at the "Gare du Nord" train station and you will need to get the metro to the "Gare de Lyon". About an hour's transfer via the metro.
It's easier if you can to go via Lille (Northern France) as you simply change platform for your 2nd train to Avignon.
Note though, that there is also a direct service from London to Avignon (from May to Sept), so no changes and it only takes 5h40 - if you can, use this service as it's by far the most convenient way to travel.
TGV trains in general are a nice way to travel as they are comfortable and they have quite a nice bar & food, and the views down the Rhone valley are nice.
Bookings must be made before you travel, but can not be made more than 3 months in advance.

TGV Trains from Paris: Trains leave Charles de Gaulle airport & Gare de Lyon train station to Avignon TGV station. Bookings must be made before you travel, but can not be made more than 3 months in advance.
Make sure your travel to Avignon TGV station (and not Avignon SNCF central station) as that is where the hire cars are.
Once at Avignon high speed train (TGV) station we are an easy 35 minute drive away. As well as hire cars, taxis are usually easily available outside the station along with local buses, please see above for details.

HIRE CARS:
Hire cars are easily available at all the airports and Avignon TGV station. It's best to book in advance.

For an idea a 6-day car hire for a small Peugeot 106 sized car should cost circa 200 €.
6 day car hire for a medium Golf sized car should cost circa 250 €.

See the following links:
Argus Car Hire - https://goo.gl/O8H5B3
Europcar - https://goo.gl/gn7Kgf
CompareCarRent- https://goo.gl/UI7ZBN
EasyCar - https://goo.gl/PJDqNf
Sixt - https://goo.gl/jLT99p

For more information on driving in France, please click on this following link: ViaMichelin: Driving in France

TAXIS:
Taxis should be readily available at any of the above airports or train stations.

Journey time (approx):
Avignon TGV - 35 mins
Avignon airport - 20 mins
Marseille airport - 50 mins
Nimes airport - 1h10
Nice airport - 2h30

BY ROAD FROM EUROTUNNEL TERMINAL (trains from Folkestone, UK to Calais, Northern France).
We are a 9 hour motorway drive from the Eurotunnel terminal in Northern France.
See the following links:
Eurotunnel - https://goo.gl/qGNxCv
P&O Ferries - https://goo.gl/cL0D9f

SOME OF OUR TRIPADVISOR, B&B BASED, PROVENCE BIKE TOUR REVIEWS:

"We took Neil's advice and hired a car, which allowed us to travel into Avignon and to Mont Ventoux. Several car hire companies have outlets at the Avignon TGV station which is 40 minutes' drive from the house."
Alan - UK - Sept 13 - Provence bike tour review.

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