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Your key questions for any destination:

Do I need a car in Avignon?

Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest. That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than simple yes or no answers!

  • The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
  • How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
  • Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
  • Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?

Is it worth hiring a car in Avignon?

This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Avignon car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.

How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Avignon with other destinations locally and around the world.

This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.

 

Should I rent a car in Avignon? 

This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Avignon, but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Avignon car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Avignon is in car rental price band: 7/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Avignon? 

No. Car rental is expensive by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Avignon between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 6/10

Non car score:4/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Avignon might be famous for a bridge that is only half there, and as being the former papal seat. The historic city itself, as with many other European historic cities, is naturally very compact and walkable.

In terms of travelling beyond Avignon, then it really depends on how you got here in the first place, and where else you would be most interested in seeing.

For starters, Avignon does have its own small International airport, but it’s generally only used by regional jets and turboprops, with larger aircraft tending to use the relatively nearby Marseille Provence International airport (MRS). Other alternative arrival points in the area include Nimes (FNI) to the west, and then to the south-east Toulon (TLN) and even the French Riviera city of Nice (NCE), which has inbound flights from most major cities in Europe.

The most popular way to reach Avignon from elsewhere in France is to use the city’s ultramodern TGV station, which is situated on the outskirts of Avignon. Avignon TGV also has direct rail services from London, and connections (especially via Paris or Lille) from numerous other cities in northern Europe,

Whether you arrive by plane or by train, easy bus or taxi transfers are available into the centre of Avignon itself.

Why? Visiting Avignon using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Avignon ?


  • For continuing onwards, a hire car is likely to be much more useful. For example, if you wanted to visit the city of Marseille, you could do this perfectly easy by using the TGV, but you be much more likely to go direct to Marseille in the first place, since it has a much wider choice of flights.
  • Heading deep into Provence by public transport is all but a nonstarter – buses are few and far between, and you may well need to go down to Aix first. For a really scenic rail journey deep into Provence, it is much better to start your French holiday in Nice and take the slow train to Digne, although you can connect to Digne by bus from Avignon, and then head home via Nice, or consider a city tour loop back to Avignon that includes various coastal spots along the French Riviera.

Why not? Visiting Avignon without a car

Why don't you need a car in Avignon ?


  • You do not need to hire a car in Avignon if you are just staying in and around the city itself.
  • You can also take a bus from Avignon to the world-famous Pont Du Gard, but services are generally slow and infrequent, so a hire car is much better.

Ratings: How does Avignon compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Avignon? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Avignon, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Avignon? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Avignon (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Avignon? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Avignon airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Avignon car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 6

2019 - 7

2021 - 6

Average score - 6

Notes:

 

So on balance, just because Avignon has a TGV station doesn’t mean this is a part of the world where trains are going to be all that useful for getting around. Any of the more local services use a separate station closer to the city centre, but the two locations are only linked by bus, not by interconnecting trains.

Do you need a car in Avignon? For all of these reasons, our Avignon car hire advice is that this is very much a place where a hire car is going to be extremely useful, and where getting around without one is going to require a lot of planning and organisation, unless you really do just want to stick to the city itself, in which case a car will just be a hindrance.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Avignon ?

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