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Free Parking and shuttle buses
Follow signs to free parking at Les Angles across the river from Avignon. It's easy to get to and there is a free shuttle bus that will take you right to Old Town . . . or a bus stop to travel around town. Great bus service in Avignon!
The photo has nothing to do with parking; I like gelato. Do people take photos of parking lots?;^)
Here is a web site for Avignon parking lots. Scroll down to "Free and Guarded" and the lot we use is Parking de l'Ile Piot with the free shuttle bus. Avignon Parking Areas
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Free Parking - with free bus service
After reading about security problems at the pay-to-park places in Avignon, we elected to use the free parking space with advertised security.
There are two massive free parking lots outside the city walls. Each has a free shuttle bus service to convenient stops closer to touristic areas of the walled city. Each has specific places for camper-cars (motor homes).
Parking Ile Pilot is located on an island (would you believe Piot Island) between two arms of the Rhone River. Access is via the Pont Edouard Daladier the northern-most of two bridges straddling the two branches of the Rhone on the western side of the walled city.
It is conveniently located for day visitors arriving from other centres and is best approached via the D2 on the west bank of the Rhone (from either south or north) see map. We arrived from the south and made a left turn to the on-ramp of the bridge about 65 metres south of Pont E. D. After crossing the west arm of the river, turn right and follow the "P Ile Piot" signs. From the east (the city end of the bridge) take a sign-posted right turn off-ramp (D228A) which passes back under the bridge via D228.
The location of the bus terminal is obvious. Buses depart every 10 minutes or so and terminate at the Port de l’Oulle in the western wall of the city (same stop for the return journey). This is a convenient start for your walking exploration of the city. It is only 350 metres from Place de l’Hologe which features full-on touristic eating and drinking places.
Parking des Italiens is located at the north eastern corner of the walled city and can be approached via the D225 from the east. From the south if you are on the eastern bank of the Rhone circumnavigate the city walls keeping the river on your left (walls on your right) until you see the “Parking des Italiens” signs. Keep right to take the underpass to Route Touristique du Docteur Pons (D225).
The free bus service (CityZen) departs every four minutes or so from a stop at western end of car park and stops at several stops inside the city walls. One stop is Carmes - a top area to find eating and drinking places.
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The tunnel under the Frejus mount is one of the oldest in Europe; it links France to Italy, namely the region og Lyon and that of Torino. The railway tunnel itself is really the oldest (1865 ??). It costs some money (around 20 Euro), but it saves lots of time, not to mention the fact in winter the road may be closed due to snow.
French motorways are quite expensive in compared with the German (free) and even the Italian. Gas station are also rare and most of them do not accept international credit card, but just the national.
The best way to get here ...
The best way to get here is by car (Autoroute A7 from Paris or Marseille or A9) or by train (TGV line Paris - Lyon - Italy and other connections with Bordeaux, Spain and Italy). Avignon has it's own airport and is only 60km away from Marseille international airport.
Travelling around can easily be done on foot.
Provence is a great area in...
Provence is a great area in which to have access to a car to see the beautiful scenery. Drive straight into Avignon's center and then when you see the wall there is a street that completely circles this old wall. You can find many outside parking spots next to the wall or to be more careful of theft you can park inside the parking garage on the northern and western part of town, there are surveillance cameras in the garage.
Park your car, go inside the walls and walk around.
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