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train or car

by ljphoto

what is the best (ie fastest) way to travel from the TGV station in Avignon to Arles France? my train arrives after the last tgv train from avignon to arles so i'm searching for an alternative.

Re: train or car

by leics

Does your train arrive after 22:20, when the last train to Arles leaves?

You can find train times & info in French (easy to understand) here:

If your train does arrive earlier you'll find regional trains from Avignon Centre >Arles on the site.

Re: train or car

by leics

There is a shuttle bus from Avignon TGV station to Avignon Centre.

Re: train or car

by puerto_lover

The TGV station is outside the city centre at Avignon.
A taxi from Avignon TGV station to Arles may take about 45 - 55 minutes as distance is about 40kms or 25 miles. I would think that a taxi would be your best (i.e. fastest) way to travel if you cannot get an earlier train. Not sure how much this will cost but perhaps around €50 ?
The Navette Bus connects the TGV station with downtown:

Not sure if there are any buses running late between Avignon and Arles.

Re: train or car

by cubsur

The 'last train' from Avignon TGV to Arles at 22.20 is in fact a bus.

It shows up as such on both the regional train timetable and the bus timetable and is a designated connection with assorted trains coming into Avignon TGV from the north including the 2156 arrival from Paris. is the bus timetable. is the current train timetable, which includes those same buses.

After that 2220 there is nothing until the next day.

Travel Tips for Arles

The Yellow House

by Lady_Mystique

In May 1888, Van Gogh rented four rooms on the right-hand side of a house on the Place Lamartine in Arles.
His living quarters were the ones with the green shutters. His bedroom lay beyond. Vincent had finally found a place where he could not only paint but also welcome his friends. His goal was to establish a “Studio of the South,” where he and like-minded artists could work together.

Just as he did in Nuenen and Paris, Van Gogh here depicts his own surroundings. To the left we see the restaurant where he usually took his meals. His friend, the postman Joseph Roulin, lived to the right, behind the first railroad bridge.

The view is also an exploration of color contrast: “What a powerful sight, those yellow houses in the sun and then the unforgettable clarity of the blue [sky],” he wrote to Theo in the letter that accompanied a drawing he had made after the painting.

The "Yellow House" where Van Gogh lived, however, and the prostitute area around the rue de la Cavalerie , disappeared after bombardments of WWII.

On the location of the "Cafe de Nuit" there is built a horrible Monoprix and the "Pont de Langlois" is replaced by a new bridge on the wrong location! The Tourist office in Arles tried to correct this situation and organizes commented tours with an intelligent commentary to show where Van Gogh rested his easel .

"Vincent's House in Arles" (The Yellow House)
September 1888
Oil on canvas, 72 x 91.5 cm
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh

Feria Pascale...and Other Arlesian Festivals

by Lady_Mystique

The Feria Pascale is 3 days of festivities centered on Spanish bullfights.
(for ticket reservations for Arènes events call: These are the bloody bullfights, although Arles also holds bullfights where no animal blood is spilled.

Other Festivals you could see in Arles are:
St. John's Day (June 24th), where you will see typical Arlesian dances in costume around bonfires, and the distribution of blessed bread.

Costume Festival:
First weekend in July in the streets of the old town, the people of Arles pay tribute to their local costume. There is a religious ceremony and procession, in costume, to the Roman Theatre.

Rice Harvest Festival:
Mid September
Every two years, a Rice Ambassadress is elected in Arles.
Blessing and offering of a sheaf of fresh rice by the Rice Ambassadress. An imposing procession of decorated floats (with a prize for the best), processions in costume, cowboys, folk dancing.
This is the one I went to and it was an amazing event! Don't miss it if you're going to be in Arles at this time of year.

For a list of more festivals year-round check out the website below.

Tarascon With A Fine Caslte Is 10 miles North

by hquittner

Tarascon is on the east bank of the Rhone, ten miles north of Arles. It has a fine castle with a tower at each corner. This version of the building was built by Louis II of Anjou in 1400 and finished by his son in 1435. It was the next owner, Good King Rene who enjoyed it and further improved it. This is also the site at which Ste. Martha died, but only after she tamed a Dragon, the "Tarasque", which is celebrated each year at the end of June. Tarascon is also famous for Daudet's hero Tartarin de Tarascon.

Pl. de la Republique Is the Center of Town.

by hquittner

The Place de la Republique has at its center an ancient Egyptian obelisk which originally stood at the center of the chariot races or Circus (the spina) of Ancient Arles, st nearby. It was placed here in 1675 when the base was added with the lions and masks and the surrounding fountain. Across the square to 17C its west is the disused Church of the Jesuit's which was lately used as a museum of Christian Art. On the North side is the Hotel de Ville and on the South are commercial outlets.

Van Gogh's View of the Arena

by Lady_Mystique

Lettre à Théo :
" ... A propos, j'ai vu des combats de taureaux dans les arènes, ou plutôt des simulacres de combats, vu que les taureaux étaient nombreux, mais que personne ne les combattait. Seulement la foule était magnifique, les grandes foules bariolées, superposées à deux ou trois étages de gradins avec l'effet de soleil et d'ombre de l'immense cercle ..."

It was not the fights at the arena that attracted van Gogh but it's magnificance; it's multi-layered effect of people; and, the effect of the sun on this immense circle.


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