VCCA-France staff can arrange to pick up Fellows (with advance notice) from the Toulouse airport or from the train stations in Agen or in Valence d’Agen. Contact Resident Director Cheryl Fortier at cfortier [at] vcca [dot] com to make arrangements.
Fees during business hours are as below:
- Toulouse airport or train station: 75€ /trip
- Agen train station: 35€ /trip
- Valence d'Agen train station: free
Fees for travel before 6 am, after 10 pm and on weekends are as below:
- Toulouse airport or train station: 105€ /trip
- Agen train station: 55€ /trip
- Valence d'Agen train station: 5€ /trip
From the Montparnasse station in Paris, take the train to Agen. In summer, two trains per day go directly to Agen from Charles de Gaulle Airport, as well. From Agen, take the commuter train to Valence d'Agen.
Note: on the high-speed TGV or IDTGV trains, choose the train from Paris to Agen through Bordeaux. (The train traveling through Lyon takes twice as long.) IDTGV tickets are for high-speed TGV trains attached to a normal TGV train.The trains have limited times and stops, but one of the stops is Agen; ticket prices are in the range of €19 one-way from Paris to Agen.
The Rail Europe website can be reached at http://www.raileurope.com/index.html or go directly to the TGV or IDTGV website at www.idtgv.com. The main site for train information in France is http://www.voyages-sncf.com/ Though it is not entirely in English, this site is the most detailed and useful.
Other useful rail travel sites:
Also: http://www.sncf.fr/ (five languages available).
The closest international airport to Auvillar is Toulouse. VCCA-France staff can collect you from the Toulouse airport with advance notice. Please contact Cheryll Fortier, Resident Director, at cfortier [at] vcca [dot] com to make arrangements.
Useful air travel sites:
Residents have found inexpensive trans-Atlantic flights from many carriers. http://www.airtransat.com and http://www.flightnetwork.com sometimes offer competitive prices. In summer, Air Transat flies direct Montreal-Toulouse.
These times are approximate:
- Paris to Auvillar – 7 hours.
- Nice to Auvillar – 5.5 hours.
- Barcelona to Auvillar – 4 hours
A custom Google map with annotations and photos of Auvillar and nearby areas can be found here:
Nancy McAndrew, International Programs Coordinator
cbrown [at] vcca [dot] com