Venue & Accomodations


Place du Palais des Papes

84000 Avignon (France)

GPS coordinates :

Entrance to the Congress Center 43°57'5''N – 4°48'24''E

Getting to Avignon

By Train

Avignon is served by 2 stations:

The TGV station now locates Avignon 2h40 from Paris , 3h from Roissy Charles de Gaulle and 1h from Lyon thanks to the TGV Méditerranée (30mn from Marseille). Direct Eurostar Avignon-London all year round. Connections to Madrid, Frankfurt, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam.

The central station: all the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur regional train timetables on
La Virgule is a TER line that connects Avignon-Centre station to Avignon TGV station:

- Frequency: 35 return trips per day – Journey time: 4 minutes.

- “La Virgule” runs on the same platform as the TGVs arriving from the north of France (Paris, etc.): there is no break in load for travellers, transfer comfort.

- Price included in the SNCF ticket possible, or purchase on site of the Avignon TGV/Avignon Center ticket, from €1.60 including tax

By Plane

Avignon Provence airport offers direct flights to Great Britain: Southampton, Birmingham and London city in direct flight and much more thanks to the connections on these airports: Ireland, Scotland…

Bus connections from Avignon airport to the city center:
Marseille – Provence airport is located 45 minutes by car from Avignon, it offers 118 direct national and international lines, 29 countries, (22 new regular lines).

Direct connection by TER train: Vitrolles (Marseille airport and MP2) to Avignon center.

Free shuttle between Marseille-Provence Airport and Vitrolles-Marseille Provence Airport TER station

By The Road

Avignon, thanks to its excellent geographical location, benefits from very good road access: The city is notably served by the A7 and A9 motorways and the N7 and N100 national roads.

Avignon also offers many regional bus connections thanks to its Multimodal Exchange Center (PEM) which can be consulted here:

All transport in town and in Greater Avignon on:

The city has many car parks, including that of the Palais des Papes (900 spaces), which provides direct access to the Congress Centre.


Avignon has a large hotel base of 4,800 rooms, including 1,800 within the walls and 3,000 outside the walls.
To secure the best rates, we advise you to book your rooms as soon as possible.

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