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Getting There — Nîmes has bus and train services from the rest of France and is near several autoroutes. It lies on the main rail line between Marseille and Bordeaux. Regular TGV trains arrive daily from Paris’s Gare de Lyon; the one-way fare is from 24€ and the journey takes 2 hr., 51 min. The station is a 5-min. walk from the old center. Train information and schedules are on www.oui.sncf or call tel. 36-35 (.40€/min.). If you’re driving, take A7 south from Lyon to Orange and connect to A9 into Nîmes.

Visitor Information — The Office de Tourisme is at 6 rue Auguste (www.ot-nimes.fr; tel. 04-66-58-38-00).

City Layout — All the main attractions, both ancient and modern are in a small central area, originally the Roman city. 

Getting Around — The center of Nîmes is traffic free, but five car parks surround the center, so park and walk.

Special Events — The Roman Games in the ancient Arena in April take you back to the city’s Roman roots with battles, gladiators, and chariot races. At Pentecost (Whitsun and seven weeks after Easter), the five-day Féria de Pentecôte is one of Europe’s most popular festivals. Along with the bull fights, the city hosts plenty of street entertainment, while the bodegas offer plenty of drinking, dancing, and Spanish food. A second féria, Féria des Vendanges, celebrating the grape harvest, takes place the third weekend of September.

Every Thursday night during July and August, Nîmes’ squares fill with jazz and rock, classic and salsa musicians and stalls selling books, crafts, works of art, and bric-a-brac.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.