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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.
|Paris Cdg Airport||Nice||06:35||AU$ 164|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Brussels||01:13||AU$ 126|
|Avignon||Paris Cdg Airport||03:10||AU$ 47|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Lyon||01:59||AU$ 39|
|Marseille||Paris Cdg Airport||03:47||AU$ 47|
|Bordeaux||Paris Cdg Airport||04:10||AU$ 58|
Booking and printing optionsBooking :
- 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) :
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.
Print @ Station (from France)
Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.
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.
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.
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.
OnboardThe 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.
|First class||Second class|
|Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought. small>|
|Family area Seats are separated from the rest of the compartment, with foldable table and space for kids. small>|
|Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom. small>|
|Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip. small>|
|Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat. small>|
|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. small>|
- 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!
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.
Interactive Rail Map
- A. You can print your TGV ticket directly from your printer at home or retrieve it from the self-service machines available at the train stations before boarding your TGV train.
- A. TGV offers two different classes of travel: 1st and 2nd class. Larger seats that recline electronically, power sockets for laptop or mobile phone and access to the bar buffet car are among the main features you will find in TGV first class. In second class, you will enjoy comfortable seats with also an access to the bar-buffet car where you can choose from a vast selection of dishes and beverages.
- A. Reservation is compulsory on TGV and if you are a pass holder, you still need to buy a TGV ticket. Among the passes available on TGV, you’ll be able to choose between Eurail Global, Eurail Select Pass or Eurail two country pass including France. France Rail Pass and France Rail Pass Premium are also among the possible options and offer last minute Easy Access reservations.
- A. TGV trains offer a buffet car where you can find a vast choice of hot and cold meals. Drinks and snacks are also available at vending machines on all TGV trains. You are also allowed to bring your own food and drink onto the train.
- A. You will be able to book your TGV tickets 90 days in advance.
Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?A. Many trains such as the Eurostar offer discounted tickets for advance purchase. These fares have limited availability and sell out quickly. To receive the best price on the train you want to travel on you should purchase your tickets prior to your departure so you can avoid fully booked trains.
- A. TGV trains offer high-speed train services connecting the major cities of France. Paris is 58 minutes from Lille, and Bordeaux is just under 3 hours from the French capital. Travel time between Paris and Marseille is 3 hours. And if you want to get to Strasbourg, it will take you only 2 hours and 20 minutes from Paris by TGV.
- A. The following items of luggage are accepted at no extra cost on TGV trains and must be stored in the racks provided: hand luggage (suitcases, travel bags, rucksacks); skis in a bag; children’s prams; dismantled bikes in a bag; portable wakeboards in a bag. Also remember that on all French trains, including TGV, it is mandatory to place a tag on each piece of luggage identifying the traveller.
- A. There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding TGV trains. However, you must be onboard at the latest 2 minutes prior to the departure time, beyond which access to the train cannot be guaranteed. Ticket control and passport checks will occur on board the train.
- A. First class on the TGV offers large comfortable reclining seats and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase. When Premier service is offered for this train the service includes meal service and access to the TGV lounge at the train stations. Second class on the TGV Med offers generous legroom and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase.
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Reviews & ratings TGV
Overall rating (1783)
Overall appreciationExcellent 40% Very good 35% Average 18% Poor 4% Terrible 3%
- "Paris to Arras" Peter d. 23/08/2016
Would have been easier if the ticket had shown the train's end destination as we only had a 10 minute to change at Paris Nord from the Amsterdam train. Seat arm rest missing on one seat. Train kept to time for our arrival at Arras. Value for money Convenience
- "French Rail" . 22/08/2016
Great travelling on French Rail. On time departure and arrival time. However, appreciate announcements can also be made in English and not only French. Could not fault trains, clean and comfortable trains. Thanks for the experience
- "Quick trip to Paris" Kathryn Mary g. 22/08/2016
A pleasant journey in comfortable seats on a clean train that pretty much kept to schedule. Easy riding! Value for money Convenience
- "Nice to Paris" Margherita s. 22/08/2016
Great way to get to Paris from Nice . The trip was comfortable but the toilet in my carriage was disgusting so on the trip the toilet should be cleaned regularly. Also there were annoucements made over the PA but they were in French only and did not understand. They should also be in English. Value for money Convenience
- "Easy way of getting around" Peter b. 22/08/2016
Comfortable train with friendly staff. Both trips we did (Paris to Marseille and back) had affable staff who seemed to enjoy their jobs. Trains were comfortable, and left and arrived on time. And clean toilets! Value for money Convenience
- "The last and best leg" Stephen k. 21/08/2016
Traveling from Australia to France for a wedding, the TGV provided an easy, well signed connection in Terminal 2. The train was on-time and the upstairs 1st class seat provided comfort, views of the countryside and speed on the last leg of the long journey to Lille. An early booking on line gave me a really good price for my first trip on a high speed train. Will do it again, for sure! Value for money Convenience
- "Fab train ride" Kelly b. 20/08/2016
Easy, clean, fast Value for money Convenience
- "New train" Caitlin o. 19/08/2016
This was just a short trip but the train was very new and 2 levels. Value for money Convenience
- "Smooth railing" John a. 18/08/2016
This was short journey of approximately 35 mins - no dramas Value for money Convenience
- "Attempted Robbery on board" William h. 17/08/2016
Whilst waiting to leave Brussells for Lille a man got on the train and we found him going through our hand luggage, we chased him off the train and he didn't get anything except a copy watch worth $15 AUD. I reported to the conductor but he wasn't interested I reported to Lille Police but they were not interested. What is disturbing that this man got on the train in 1st class without a ticket and there is no security for the passengers. Consequently I would have to think twice about travelling by train across Europe again. Value for money Convenience
- "great rail trip" Anthony p. 17/08/2016
I would recommend TGV to everyone, we wished we had used it more on our recent trip. Value for money Convenience
- "A relaxing journey" . 17/08/2016
We were very glad we took the TGV rather than driving to Paris. The train was quick, quiet and comfortable. Our only complaint was that there were few signs in Dijon alerting us to the correct platform from which to catch our train.
- "great trip" Glenn m. 16/08/2016
this was a beautiful way to travel the staff were helpful and friendly Value for money Convenience
- "Easy and comfortable" Julie i. 16/08/2016
A very easy and convenient way to travel. From booking on line and then catching the train all went very smoothly. No issues. The train journey itself was very comfortable Value for money Convenience
- "Fast efficient service" Wendy j. 15/08/2016
We dropped our hire car at Bordeaux train station, had a cup of coffee and then boarded for a four hour trip on the train to Paris CDG. We snoozed, read and had a light meal in the café car one carriage away. Next time I would make sure to book upper seats for a better view. Excellent service. Value for money Convenience