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Valence is a commune in the southeast of France, on the Rhine river 65 miles (105 kms) south of Lyon on the railroad to Marseille. The city's main highlight is the Cathedral of St Apollinaris, reconstructed in the 11th century and consecrated in 1095 by Pope Urban II. The library and the museum contain Roman antiquities, sculptures and a picture gallery.
Valence TGV Rail Station is situated in the eastern part of the city, around six miles (10 kms) from the city centre. Opened in 2001, it has significantly decreased travel times throughout eastern France. The station was built for and started services with the LGV Rhine-Alpes that extends from Lyon to Valence as well as to Marseille and Montpellier via the LGV Miditerranie.
Valence TGV Rail Station regularly serves high speed trains to Lyon Part Dieu (34 minutes north), Nimes (45 minutes southwest), Marseilles-Saint Charles (1 hour southeast), Paris-Lyon (2 hours, 11 minutes northwest) and Lille Europe (3 hours, 22 minutes north).
The station features some unique architecture, particularly the glass walls of the building. Constructed on a slight incline, Valence TGV Rail Station makes it slightly more difficult for the mobility impaired to get around. This is a bi-level station, the bottom level being used for TGV trains and the top level for TER trains.
Valence TGV Rail Station offers adequate amenities for passengers, including low cost car rental services that can be easily booked online in advance. Car hire is a comfortable and cost effective option and provides access to some of the city's best sites as well as to the charming surroundings.