Sablet, Provence, France
You will need a car to get around. Arrange car rental with your travel agent or directly with a rental car company before you leave home; it can be much cheaper. Otherwise there are desks in airports and major railroad stations for most major car rental companies. Automatic transmissions and air-conditioning are luxuries in France and come at a price.
Choose the right train station for pick up of your rental car if you are traveling to the south of France by train. TGV's often arrive at their own railroad station, which can be miles away from the regular train station. This is usually the case in Avignon.
On-the-spot fines can be levied by the police for several offenses, including speeding, not wearing seat belts, drunk driving, talking on your cell phone, not having the car’s documentation with you, and not having the following items in your car:
France has instituted a major push to reduce drunken driving fatalities by lowering the sobriety limit and is enforcing it vigorously. The drunken driving limit in France is 0.05 which means that one glass of beer can take you up to the limit.
Aéroport de Marseille-Provence is situated 25 kms north of Marseille. There are daily flights to and from Paris with a travel time of 1 hour 25 minutes; there is service from London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich as well. It takes about 1 hour and 13 minutes to get to Sablet from the Marseille airport.
Aéroport de Nîmes Ales Camargue Cevennes is situated 20 kms southeast of Nîmes. There are daily flights to and from London (Luton) on Ryanair with a travel time of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It will take you about 1 hour and 10 minutes to drive to Sablet from the airport.
Aéroport Montpellier Méditerranée is situated 9 kms east of Montpellier in the Languedoc. There are daily flights to and from Paris with a travel time of 1 hour 25 minutes; there is service from London as well. It will take you about 1 hour and 17 minutes to get to Sablet from the airport.
Provence has a good network of roads, from small and often picturesque roads to autoroutes, often called péages. Credit cards are accepted in the pay booths for the péages.
Visitors from North America and the United Kingdom do not need an international driver’s license but must carry their home driver’s license.
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Locate the approximate position of the car number on the electronic board on the track. You find your car number on your ticket under "voiture". The car number will be listed on the side of the train near the doors. Entering the right car will help you avoid having to carry your luggage through train corridors.
You can purchase drinks, snacks, and sandwiches in the bar car, but be warned it is overpriced; better to bring your own food and drinks.
The French national railroad (SNCF) links Paris and all major cities. Numerous daily trains connect Paris and the south of France. The north-south TGV leaves from Charles De Gaulle train station and Paris Gare de Lyon train station. Check the schedules; there are different schedules from Paris’ Charles De Gaulle and Paris Gare de Lyon.
The TGV is a very comfortable way to travel from Paris to Avignon. The travel time is 2 hours and 40 minutes. You can sleep or view the country side as you whiz by; a very pleasant trip. It will take you about 45 minutes to drive to Sablet from the Avignon TGV train station.
North Americans have a choice of passes for the SNCF including France Railpass, and Saverpass, which can only be purchased in the U.S. prior to departure. www.RailEurope.com
You must punch your ticket at the time-stamping machine (composteur) at the entrance to the train platform before you board the train. Once stamped, a ticket is valid for 24 hours. An unstamped ticket is not valid and can result in an immediate on-the-spot fine.