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PROVENCE: BY AIR
From the UK: carriers include British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Flybe and Jet2. Flight times are about 2 hours from London, 2.5 hours from northern England.
Within Europe: try easyJet, Lufthansa and Air France.
By train from the UK: From Lille Europe (connections with Eurostar) or from Paris Gare de Lyon, the TGV races down to Avignon, Nimes, Montpellier or Marseilles; the latter service then carries on to 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