A review of Train Travel Nice to Avignon
Rail Europe: TGV 6174 Nice-Avignon First Class
Carrier: SNCF French Railways
Train Number: TGV 6174 dep Nice @ 10:00 Duration: 3h28m
Class: First Class
Train: Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV)
There is no check-in required for travel on TGV trains. Ticketed passengers simply walk onto the train and take their assigned seats anytime up to a few minutes before departure. Very relaxed, very civilised, completely stress-free.
The train departed Nice-Ville station on time and arrived at Avignon-TGV station on time.
French TGV trains have Quiet Carriages where the chatter of other people’s phone conversations is absent in favour of a serene journey for all. The carriage is immaculately clean and stylishly appointed; this is France, after all. First Class seats are large, comparable to First Class seats on airlines, and very comfortable; they recline for added comfort. Seats in First Class carriages are in a 1-2 configuration which allows for the passenger seated in a place isolée to have a window seat with aisle access. Some seats face each other with folding tables between them.
Food And Beverage
There is a café car serving a variety of hot and cold foods as well as many types of drinks. Items purchased can be consumed in the café car or taken back to the seats.
There are no entertainment systems on board, but there is WiFi. The best entertainment, though, is watching the beautiful countryside in this part of France go by out the window. At one point , the train track runs directly next to the Mediterranean Sea.
Avignon’s ultramodern TGV train station is located outside the city centre and is connected by frequent service to Avignon Centre station.
As concern for the environment increases along with airport congestion, rail travel is a more sustainable alternative to air travel in Europe, especially when taking high-speed trains on France’s excellent TGV network. Travellers using a Eurail Pass can take TGV trains but, like all TGV passengers, must make seat reservations before departure. This can be done when purchasing the pass or later on online or in person at a railway station once in Europe. Eurail Passes are available in Australia through Rail Europe.