Bus. There is an extensive bus network with more than 20 bus routes.
The Allo bus service requires reservation but its minibus is caught at the nearest bus stop to travel to the requested destination.
Avignon, the capital of the French department of Vaucluse is one of the most attractive cities in France. Its historic city centre, which is home to the Palais des Papes, the cathedral and the famous bridge Pont d’Avignon, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. It is surrounded by the original medieval city walls.
Trams. The 5·2 km route T1 runs east from Saint-Roch Université des Métiers to Gare Centre, then south along Avenue Saint-Ruf and Avenue de Tarascon, before turning east again to reach Saint-Chamand Plaine des Sports, where the depot is located. There are 10 stops and the end-to-end journey time is 15 minutes.
The city’s first-generation metre-gauge tramway closed in 1932. In September 2010 the city authorities approved a plan to build a standard-gauge tramway, but this was cancelled in 2014. A scaled-back version was approved in January 2015 and preliminary works began in October 2016. In May 2017 a contract was signed with a TSO-led consortium including Alstom, Guintoli, EHTP and Agilis.
The total value of the project is €135m. The tramway is owned by the Grand Avignon local authority, and managed and operated by Orizo. Services run every 6 min.
Alstom is suppling a fleet of Citadis X05 trams, the first of which was delivered in December 2018, ahead of test running that started the following month. Four vehicles are being delivered for the future route T2, with the remaining 10 to be used on route T1.
The bidirectional three-section trams are 24 m long with capacity for 140 passengers. The 100% low-floor vehicles are equipped with LED lighting, air-conditioning and CCTV. The fleet is being assembled at Alstom’s La Rochelle factory, with components coming from other Alstom sites in France.
Rail. The city has two stations interconnected through a shuttle: the “Virgule d'Avignon”. Avignon Centre is located outside the city and mainly hosts TER and Intercity trains going to Orange, Carcassonne or Toulouse.