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Need info - Car rentals at Avignon TGV Railway Station

I'm taking the train to Avignon, from Paris, and wanting to rent a car by the station. Can anyone tell me what are the closest car rental companies? I was looking at a deal with Budget, but they seem about a 15 walk away. Europcar seems closer, but there are some bad reviews. Alamo seems close but on the other side of the tracks.

Does anyone know if you can depart the rail station on both sides of the tracks, or do you have to walk around the station and tracks (which would make its long walk)?

Any suggestions on what's most efficient?

Posted by Brad
Belmont Bay, VA
9827 posts

There should be the full gamut of rental agents there. It's a pretty big city. I've found many agents represent multiple companies in just one office.

When you search, don't use a mid-day time for pickup or drop off. Places in France tend to take long lunch hours. If you search for a noon pickup, an internet search won't show them as an option. Hours are often something like 7-11 and 2-6. Pick a mid-morning or mid-afternoon time for your search. Once you find the one you want, you can contact the agent directly, to make arrangements, if their hours don't work for your itinerary.

Posted by Nicole P
Truro, NS, Canada
2929 posts

We rented from Europcar there (via AutoEurope...it was our cheapest option by quite a bit for an automatic car) and they are just outside the station. Had no issues with anyone trying to upsell insurance or anything. We just told them we used our Amex and were covered that way. It was our 2nd rental with Europcar (first was in Paris) and we most likely are going to use them again to rent in Marseille in July.

I kinda recall the few car rental places being pretty much together and I don’t recall having to walk around the building...it was 2015, so a bit fuzzy.

I generally take negative reviews with a grain of salt because people with bad experiences are more likely to leave a review...because, well...it’s fun to complain.

Posted by Laura B
San Francisco
3154 posts

We used Hertz, and I can recall seeing many rental company signs from the station exit. Hertz was very close.

Posted by Linda OP
Boulder, CO, USA
72 posts

Thanks for your responses so far.

Nicole - do you remember if you had to walk far to Europcar? We will have luggage with us.

Posted by Linda OP
Boulder, CO, USA
72 posts

From what I can tell on Google Maps, it seems you can only enter from one side of the train station. If that's correct then it's a longer walk to Europecar.

Does anyone know if you can exit off of either side of the train tracks?

Posted by Nicole P
Truro, NS, Canada
2929 posts

I can't really recall - I don't think it took very long - a minute or two - honestly - the TGV was almost 3 hrs late because someone committed suicide by train - so I was a bit wound up that we weren't there when we said we would be - but no issues - obviously they knew about the train delays.

Just go to google maps and do the street view - where you grab the 'person' on the bottom right hand corner and plunk them down on the map - it does show that you can come out of the 'back' of the station and just walk to the rental kiosks.

Posted by Linda OP
Boulder, CO, USA
72 posts

Thanks Nicole. What an awful experience. I know to expect delays but I hope there won't be any disasters. I did the Google man on Google Maps. So I could see where Hertz, Avis and Enterprise cars offices were. I think Alamo is on the other side though.

For now I got a special deal with Budget, but they say that it's about .6 miles away. If I can find a better deal, I will change it.

If anyone else has info about Budget or Alamo, please let me know. I also checked AutoEurope, but they are "pay now", so I want to wait on that a bit.