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Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.
BY AIR FROM THE UK
Southern France is well served with direct flights to at least 4 airports, all of which are near motorways for easy onward access. Flight times are about 2 hours from London, 2.5 hours from northern England. Car hire is available at all airports - see our car rental recommendations.
British Airways flies to Marseilles from Gatwick.
easyJet flies to Marseille from Gatwick and Bristol and to Lyon from London.
Ryanair has dozens of routes from UK to France. As a guideline these include: to Nimes from Liverpool, East Midlands and Luton and to Marseille from Bournemouth, Manchester, Stansted, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Flybe flies from various airports, including Exeter and Southampton, to Avignon and Nice.
Jet2 flies from Leeds and Edinburgh to Avignon.
BY TRAIN FROM THE UK
Gentler and more ecological than flying, but a little longer. From Lille Europe (connections with Eurostar) or from Paris Gare de Lyon, the TGV (train à grande vitesse or high-speed train) races down to Avignon, Nimes, Montpellier or Marseilles; the latter service then canters gently for two hours, stopping at Cannes and Antibes en route to Nice. Journey times from London, changing at Lille Europe, are:
Avignon: 6 hours
Nimes / Montpellier: 7-7.5 hours
Nice: 9 hours