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Touring via public transport

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Touring via public transport

We want to spend 2/3 weeks touring Provence using trains and buses. Advice on which places offer the best options for this would be appreciated. We are happy to stay in several locations, not only for diversity but better opportunities. We can of course take organised day trips.

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1. Re: Touring via public transport

Pls, someone must be able to help.

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2. Re: Touring via public transport

It really is very difficult to see the villages and small towns of Provence without a rental car. Most of them do not have any trains, while bus services are sparse and generally timed to meet the needs of local workers and school-children rather than tourists.

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3. Re: Touring via public transport

Thanks, that's a shame so I guess we need to look at day trips. Unfortunately, for the safety of everyone, we're too old to start learning to drive on the right hand side of the road :-)

Which is the nicest town/city to have as a base with good options for day trips? Thanks again.

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4. Re: Touring via public transport

I might choose Avignon, it is the transportation capital of the region. From Avignon, all of the larger towns of Provence are easily reached and there is rail service to a number of smaller towns such as Isle sur la Sorgue or Cavaillion. There is bus service to Pont du Gard, Uzès, St Rémy and some of the smaller locations.

Unfortunately, many wonderful locations, Rousillon, Gordes, Vaison-la-Romaine, and many others are only reachable by car.

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Other places you can get to by train from Avignon include Arles, Tarascon, Orange and Salon-de-Provence. Outside Provence itself there are regular trains to Nimes. The main transport hub further east is Marseille which is certainly worth visiting, although I recognise that staying there may be an acquired taste. However, from Aix-en-Provence there are trains going northwards to Pertuis, Manosque and Sisteron

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6. Re: Touring via public transport

Thanks, I now have a lot to work on.

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