Gare de Valence TGV

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Gare de Valence TGV
Gare de Valence TGV-1.jpg
Station statistics
Address Alixan, Drôme, Rhône-Alpes
 France
Coordinates 44°59′30″N 4°58′43″E / 44.99167°N 4.97861°E / 44.99167; 4.97861Coordinates: 44°59′30″N 4°58′43″E / 44.99167°N 4.97861°E / 44.99167; 4.97861
Line(s) TGV Méditerranée
Valence–Moirans railway
Platforms 6
Tracks 6
Other information
Opened 2001
Station code IATA: XHK[1]
Owned by RFF
Operator SNCF

Gare de Valence TGV (IATA: XHK) is a railway station in Valence, France which offers regular TGV services. The station, located in eastern Valence (Alixan), is about ten kilometres north-east from the town centre, allowing through trains to pass at full speed. With its opening in 2001, the station has considerably shortened travel times for travellers throughout eastern France.

Valence TGV was built for and opened along with the LGV Méditerranée, which extends south from Valence to Marseille. The station is only 1 km south of the end of LGV Rhône-Alpes, which extends north from Valence to Lyon and, via the LGV Sud-Est, on to Paris in 2h11.

Station[edit]

Valence TGV has some unique station architecture. Built primarily of reinforced concrete, one of the main features is the glass on all walls of the station building. The station is built on a slight incline, which makes it slightly harder for handicapped people to move around the building.

Valence TGV is a bi-level station, the top level is used for TER trains while the bottom level is used for TGV trains. The lower level, aligned roughly north-south, has 4 tracks: 2 in the centre allow through trains to pass without slowing, and 2 outer tracks are used for stopping TGV services. The upper level, aligned north-east to south-west, has 2 platforms for trains on the Valence–Moirans railway, a classic line which runs southwest to Valence city, and northeast to Moirans and Grenoble. There are regular shuttles from Valence TGV to Valence City station, in the city centre.

French highway RD 532 provides road access to the station, and two large carparks have been built at the station to allow passengers to park their car and ride the train.

Train Services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

  • High speed services (TGV) Brussels Midi/Zuid - Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport TGV - Lyon - Valence TGV - Avignon TGV - Marseille (- Nice)
  • High speed services (TGV) Lille - TGV Haute-Picardie - Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport TGV - Lyon - Valence TGV - Avignon TGV - Marseille (- Nice)
  • High speed services (TGV) Brussels Midi/Zuid - Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport TGV - Lyon - Valence TGV - Nîmes - Montpellier (- Béziers - Perpignan)
  • High speed services (TGV) Lille Europe - TGV Haute-Picardie - Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport TGV - Lyon - Valence TGV - Nîmes - Montpellier (- Narbonne - Toulouse)
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris-Gare de Lyon - Valence TGV - Nîmes - Montpellier (- Béziers)
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris-Gare de Lyon - Valence TGV - Nîmes - Montpellier - Perpignan - Barcelona
  • High speed services (TGV) Lyon - Nîmes - Montpellier - Perpignan - Barcelona
  • High speed services (TGV) Lyon - Valence TGV - Aix-en-Provence TGV - Marseille - Nice
  • High speed services (TGV) Metz - Dijon - Lyon - Marseille
  • High speed services (TGV) Metz/Strasbourg - Dijon - Lyon - Nîmes - Montpellier
  • High speed services (TGV) Strasbourg - Becanscon - Bourg-en-Bresse - Lyon - Valence TGV - Avignon TGV - Marseille
  • High speed services (TGV) Rennes - Le Mans - Lyon - Valence TGV - Avignon TGV - Marseille
  • High speed services (TGV) Le Havre - Rouen - Lyon - Valence TGV - Avignon TGV - Marseille
  • High speed services (TGV) Rennes - Le Mans - Lyon - Valence TGV - Nîmes - Montpellier
  • High speed services (TGV) Nantes - Angers - Le Mans - Lyon - Valence TGV - Nîmes - Montpellier
  • High speed services (TGV) Geneve - Lyon - Valence TGV - Avignon TGV - Marseille - Nice
  • High speed service (Thalys) Amsterdam - Brussels Midi/Zuid - Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport TGV - Valence TGV - Avignon TGV - Marseille (Summer Saturdays only)
  • Local services (TER Rhône-Alpes) Valence - Grenoble
  • Local services (TER Rhône-Alpes) Valence - Grenoble - Chambéry - Aix-les-Bains - Annecy
  • Local services (TER Rhône-Alpes) Valence - Grenoble - Chambéry - Aix-les-Bains - Geneve

A limited number of services operate via Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport rather than Lyon-Part-Dieu.

Preceding station   Thalys   Following station
Thalys (summer)
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
Terminus
TGV
TGV
Terminus
TGV
TGV
TGV
toward Lille Europe
TGV
toward Metz
TGV
toward Strasbourg
TGV
toward Nantes
TGV
TGV
toward Nice
toward Lille Europe
TGV
TGV
toward Paris-Lyon
TGV
toward Strasbourg
TGV
toward Rennes
TGV
toward Le Havre
TGV
toward Metz
TGV
toward Annecy or Geneva
TER Rhône-Alpes 2
Terminus
TER Rhône-Alpes 61
Terminus
TER Rhône-Alpes 64
toward Briançon

Travel Times[edit]

Travel times have been decreased dramatically using Valence TGV station.[2]

Direct TGV services from Valence TGV, best travel time (frequencies)

Bus Services[edit]

  • Valence TGV - Valence
  • Valence TGV - Valence - Le Pouzin - Privas - Aubenas
  • Valence TGV - Romans-Bourg-de-Péage
  • Valence TGV - Grenoble
  • Valence TGV - Montelimar - Aubenas - Les Vans
  • Valence TGV - Valence - Die - Gap - Briancon

References[edit]