You are will arrive in France by train, plane, coach... Here is how to get to Valence:
… From Paris
If you travel by plane, you can come to Valence from Orly or Roissy airport. You can get a TGV (“Train Grande Vitesse”, high speed train) from the airport and reach Valence within 2 hours.
… From Lyon
The Lyon-St Exupéry international airport is located in the South of Lyon. You can get in a TGV directly from the train-station located in the airport. With the TGV, Valence is only half an hour from Lyon.
… From Grenoble
Valence is 1h15 from Grenoble by train.
Be careful: some trains lead you directly to Valence-Ville train station, but some stop at Valence-TGV train station. From the latter you have to take a bus or another train (Valence-TGV is about 10 minutes from Valence by bus. You may have to wait for a little while to take the next bus or train). With a Jeune 18-27 railcard, you can travel on the French railway network and save from 25 to 60%, with 25% guaranteed. You’re eligible for the card from age 18 to 27. You can order it from the following link: http://www.sncf.com/en/discounts/jeune-card or obtain it from any French railway station ticket office (you must provide one passport photo and proof of identity to justify your age). To book your train tickets, find information on train departures and arrival times and get real-time updates on train status across the network: www.sncf.com/. For regional rail travels in Rhône-Alpes, see specifically: www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/rhone_alpes/fr. An SNCF railcard for students aged 26 and under (“TER Illico Liberté Jeunes”) is also available: www.ter.sncf.com/rhone-alpes/offres/tarifs/illico-liberte-jeune.
...from Valence train-station to your hall of residence
Before your arrival, when your trip is booked, we would like you to inform us by mail of your date of arrival in Valence city. We also strongly recommend you to inform the ESN Valence student association. They will do their best to meet you at the station and drive you to your residence on arrival. They will also tell you where all the shops and ammenities are and everything worth knowing on your arrival to ensure you have a good stay.
If the ESN association is not available to meet you, once at the Valence-Ville train-station, you can either walk, take a taxi (taxis are just outside the train-station’ main entrance. Pick-up charge: 2,18 €. Then the taxi-meter will calculate fare depending on the kilometers driven, 0,91€ for a return trip and 1,37€ at night and on Sundays*), or take a bus (buses are a five-minutes' walk from the train-station). * Prices applicable in 2015 in the Drôme department.
If you arrive before 16:30, you have to collect your keys from the secretariat of your hall of residence. If you arrive after 16:30, you may have to find temporary accommodation for the night (youth hostel or hotel, see the International Student Handbook for more details).
More information on your hall of residence’s opening hours:
Monday to Friday, from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 14 to 16.
For Derodon and Les Moulins halls of residence, you shall arrange for an appointment here. An answering service is available from 13 to 14: +33 04 75 43 22 05.
For Clacton hall of residence, an answering service is available from 13 to 14: +33 04 75 43 32 27.