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  • Paris - Nice: 05:36
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TGV, high speed trains, serving 1,400 destinations in France.

France’s Train à Grande Vitesse, or TGV as it is better known, is the high speed train operated by SNCF, which has been tearing across the length and breadth of France and beyond since 1981. The TGV is the flagship of France railway service. The high speed train travels at a speed of up to 320km/h and allow travellers to reach over a thousand destination in Europe. The TGV trains are stylish and modern. The interior of the latest TGV has been designed by Christian Lacroix. The TGV Duplex (double-decker) trains operates on some routes.

Popular journeys and travel durations

The TGV is the best way to get around and see the diversity of France. It serves both main cities and smaller towns in France and also connects France with Belgium, Switzerland and Germany in a fast and efficient way.

Nice Paris 05:39 AU$ 67
Brussels Nice 08:16 AU$ 222
Paris Avignon 02:36 AU$ 39
Paris Cdg Airport Nice 06:35 AU$ 164
Lyon Paris 02:00 AU$ 39
Frankfurt Zurich 04:22 AU$ 38
Paris Marseille 03:05 AU$ 39
Nice Avignon 02:54 AU$ 31
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 AU$ 127
Nice Lyon 04:27 AU$ 47
Paris Bordeaux 03:14 AU$ 31
Brussels Avignon 04:34 AU$ 139
Nice Marseille 02:32 AU$ 41
Lyon Brussels 03:20 AU$ 77
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 AU$ 47
Brussels Marseille 05:06 AU$ 139
Lyon Paris Cdg Airport 02:01 AU$ 47
Paris Toulouse 05:25 AU$ 63
Paris Montpellier 03:19 AU$ 39
Paris Cdg Airport Marseille 03:45 AU$ 63
Paris Monaco 06:03 AU$ 85
Avignon Lyon 01:02 AU$ 23
Basel Zurich 00:53 AU$ 38
Avignon Marseille 00:29 AU$ 22
Bordeaux Paris Cdg Airport 04:10 AU$ 58

Booking and printing options

Booking :
  • TGV tickets are open for booking 90 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

Printing option(s) :

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Print @ home

Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.

Printing guide

Print @ Station (from France)

Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.

Printing guide

Seat reservation :
  • Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

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For anyone visiting France the TGV will soon become part of your incredible journey. The TGV trains take passengers all over the French countryside to 150 towns and cities in comfort, style and at high speed.

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Experience the service

Before you board

Many of the TGV stations are architecturally outstanding; if you have time go outside and take a look at the exteriors.

Before you board the train, validate your train ticket in the yellow stamp machines which are found on the platforms of all train stations in France.


The TGV offers three classes of service. All passengers will benefit from a restaurant car serving hot and cold drinks and snacks, comfortable seats and friendly staff. There is also a family area for children to play games. For a little more luxury, first class passengers will also benefit from reclining chairs and power sockets at seat.
Classes and facilities offered by TGV
First classSecond class
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Family area Seats are separated from the rest of the compartment, with foldable table and space for kids.
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.
Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat.
Taxi reservation Pre-book a taxi and don’t waste time when you get off at your destination. For holders of a 1st class Plus ticket only.


  • Fashion king Christian Lacroix designed the interiors of the newest TGV trains, so expect to be impressed.
  • On some routes, the double-decker TGV Duplex trains offer an even better view of the passing countryside whilst at high speed.
  • With the TGV, only the train goes at high speed: you travel in peace and quiet with your family and benefit from the comfort of large seats and all of the services onboard. Upgrade to first class!

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For speed, comfort and travelling in style forget heading to the airport. The TGV trains offer everything you need for an enjoyable hassle-free trip around Europe.


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  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

  • Q. What are the main destinations TGV trains connect to?

  • Q. How many classes of travel does TGV offer?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the TGV Med (Geneva to Nice & Marseille)?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the TGV (All high speed trains in France)?

  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?

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  • Q. Is there a catering service on TGV trains?

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  • Q. How many luggage can I carry on-board TGV?

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  • "Train trip to Paris"    
    The trip from Hendaye to Paris was very enjoyable. The comfortable carriage was quiet, even with the presence of a young family group, and the scenery was interesting along the way. The buffet car was adequate and the facilities were clean. I was very pleased with the convenience and ease with which I was able to travel to Paris from that area of Spain .    Value for money  Convenience
    Very happy As not used to catching any trains and these stations are enormous Best tip,is that your train departure details will only show on the board approximately 20 minutes before. This will then give you eg north or South station and the platform number. Give yourself plenty of time as it might be a long way. Seat numbers are also a bit odd but the cabin number will be accurate.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Wheelchair passenger"    
    My wife had broken her leg AFTER we had booked. From the staff at Bezier to the staff on the train to the support at Gare du Lyon the assistance and help was fantastic. Your approach to helping make our trip enjoyable could not be faulted. Was excellent. Thank you PS BUT - for some reason the buffet car had NO items so that was a bit of a let down    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great way to travel"    
    We had spent a couple of day in Paris after flying from Melbourne Australia making our way to Saint Genis des Fontaines. Really enjoyed the train hastle, easy to do....relaxing. Only challenge was getting into the buffet car to get food and drink. Would highly recommend this as a great travel option ... in fact we are going back to Paris very early next month the same way...this is a practical real world endorsement of the service.  
  • "My Trip by train"    
    I really enjoyed travelling by train through Italy. If one is prepared to spend extra time by sourcing information from people, not always easy when one does not spend any Italian. I found that just sitting on the train with locals and people watching very rewarding, I am so glad that I did not choose "easier" option of flying. Lyn  
  • "Which Bordeaux Platform"    
    I appreciate that Bordeaux St Jean is currently under reconstruction but because of poor/incorrect platform indications I missed my booked train and almost missed the following (4 hours later!) train. Very stressful.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Short and sweet"    
    This was a fairly short trip and the train was punctual, seats clearly marked and space for luggage. Very comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TGV"    
    RailEurope service was perfect; train schedule was correct, tickets printed scanned correctly with no dramas. The TGV train itself hasn't got much luggage space, but luckily we were the 1st on the train so managed to get some space. Otherwise all good:) Arrival station is directly under the CdG terminal 2, very convenient, provided the lifts/escalators are working correct, which they weren't but no fault of RailEurope!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Noisy"    
    A drinking session and rowdy passengers in the next few seats spoiled the journey    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TGV Lyon St Exupery to Paris"    
    A convenient and fast way to get to Paris from Lyon, without the hassle of driving. The Lyon St Exupery TGV station is spectacular but a little daunting. Without the help of the person in the SNCF office, we would not have caught the train on time. Regular users obviously know what to do and what part of the platform to wait on, but novice travellers need some guidance either at the station or on a website to help them identify where their carriage will stop on the long platform. Even when on the platform, notification on the screens of which section (A,B,c etc) would correspond to your carriage number came quite late. For people with a mobility issue, that is a real problem, particularly when only one lift at one end of the platform is working.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train from CDG to Lille"    
    My husband had just had a bad accident in CDG and seriously hurt his arm. When we had to get in the train there was no one to help with our cases nor anywhere to store them on the train for the 1 hour journey. Very uncomfortable trip with 2 big bags squashed into our seats.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fast Train"    
    Pleasant journey from Bordeaux back to Paris. Seats were easy to find, plentiful space for luggage and train left and arrived on time. First class seats are near to the bar area for refreshments    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Avignon return on TGV"    
    The train was very clean and comfortable. Although there was limited baggage space in our carriage everyone's bags fitted. The trip was excellent value for money - first class seats were more spacious and the time it took to get to and from Paris was amazing - I wish we had TGVs in Australia. It was very convenient with a number of services through out the day at peak travel times. No issues at all with the trip - well worth considering.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Dijon to Paris"    
    Excellent train. Clean and fast. No problems with booking it ahead of time from Australia. Everything explained clearly with the booking and ticket collections.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Relaxing"    
    Enjoyed the relaxing trip to Besancon. Very comfortable and enjoyable way to travel.    Value for money  Convenience
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