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Luggage Storage at Avignon Train Station?

Hello Travelers,
My wife and I are putting together a four week Sept 23 France itinerary that is a combination of staying with friends and venturing on our own. We will be arriving in Avignon by TGV and would like to tour Avignon for the day before picking up our rental car and making our way to Arles. So the question is this, is there a luggage locker or other storage at the train station that would free us up to tour unencumbered. Not sure if this is a thing anymore :) Appreciate any insight.

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use the search box and you'll see this has been discussed many times over in the forum

Posted by
33122 posts

is the car pick up at the town station (Avignon) or at the TGV station (Avignon TGV) ? To be precise - which station do you want to store your stuff at?

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It would be more convenient to pick up the car at Avignon TGV when you arrive: there are more car rental options than in central Avignon, and it saves you the hassle of taking the local train from Avignon TGV to Avignon Centre (the times of which do not always match incoming TGVs...).
Then, drive to central Avignon and park in one of the underground car parks: Oratoire or Palais des Papes are your best bets. They are secure and very easily reached by car from the TGV station. For extra safety with your luggage in the hold, make sure to back up when you park - that way your trunk is not visible from the driveway. That's the standard way to park in France anyway.

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Hello and thank you for the helpful replies. Apologies for not mentioning that I had looked and posted when I saw no threads more recent than several years old. Things change all the time. We are planning to rent a car from the TGV station so I was thinking about luggage storage at that station. This question is being driven by concern about that first day on arrival in Provence with our luggage but not yet to the hotel. Is it safe to tour Pont du Gard and other sites with a full boot? I appreciate the advice to rent first and then park facing out. Information on this site has made me very leery of keeping anything valuable in a parked car. Thank you!

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I would not worry at Pont du Gard, the paid parking lot is secured.
More troublesome areas would be:
- free-access (i.e. unfenced, unsupervised) outdoor parking lots in cities.
- popular trailheads. Some parts of the Calanques are notorious, also parts of Camargue (I remember seeing quite a bit of broken window glass around Aigues-Mortes, for example).

But do you want to tour Avignon or to see Pont du Gard? You'll have to choose.

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It is always risky to do this. If at all possible deposit luggage at the hotel before touring the area. The thing is we never know where thieves routinely operate and places that seem safe or isolated and hence 'safe' may not be. I remember reading about a guy who had his research records stolen at a trail head and later learned that the trailheads are routinely pillaged by local thieves. Thieves don't make careful decisions about what to take, they just scoop it all up and then dump the stuff they don't want.

If you decide to do this, carry with you a bag or backpack with all the things you don't want to lose -- your computer, medications, cameras, phone and of course ID. We don't even get lunch on the road without carrying these things with us into the restroom and restaurant. I had an acquaintance who had everything stolen when they stopped at a public beach for a swim including their passports. We met someone who stopped at a spa on their way from the airport as their luggage had not arrived and had all their passports, money, commercial quality cameras etc stolen from a 'locked' locker at the spa.
Luckily they didn't take their clothes.

I use a money belt under my clothes when in transit and then stow the valuables in the room safe at the hotel.

You probably will be fine but you cannot know how great a risk you run in any particular place.

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I think with all the information provided we will probably just hightail it to our hotel in Arles and live to tour another day. The downside of having our stuff in the back of the car is too great. Too much downside for minimal upside. I appreciate everyone's feedback. Thank you all!

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As you wish! Arles to Avignon is a short drive anyway...and if you end up not seeing Avignon, it is not the end of the world - I prefer other towns in the region including Arles.