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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$ 160|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Brussels||01:13||AU$ 124|
|Avignon||Paris Cdg Airport||03:10||AU$ 46|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Lyon||01:59||AU$ 38|
|Marseille||Paris Cdg Airport||03:47||AU$ 46|
|Bordeaux||Paris Cdg Airport||04:10||AU$ 56|
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
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 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. You will be able to book your TGV tickets 90 days in advance.
- 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. 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 Medoffers large comfortable reclining seats and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase. Second class on the TGV Med offers generous legroom and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase.
- 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.
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. 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. 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%
- "Great trip " Kenneth g. 31/12/2016
Happy with the service Value for money Convenience
- "Comfortable " Concetta m. 27/12/2016
The train that I took from Lille to CDG was comfortable and well equipped, but it was also delayed fairly significantly, meaning that I missed my flight. Value for money Convenience
- "Mix feelings." Alain g. 25/12/2016
The TGV is a great way to travel between cities in France. It is comfortable, fast and reliable. Unfortunately it is very expensive compared with other form of transport. Pity because it is a great form of transport. Value for money Convenience
- "Easy trip to Paris" Maxine f. 16/12/2016
Easy trip from Saint Malo. Train is about 20 min walk from the ferry and not that easy to find after getting off the wharf but there is a good information centre at the main entrance to the city. No cafe trolley or similar so you have to be prepared to leave your luggage unattended if you want food on the train. No charging points for computers etc. Value for money Convenience
- "Easily done" Mary-anne w. 14/12/2016
Easily navigated by non French speakers, helpful staff, comfortable journey Value for money Convenience
- "Transfer" Desmond g. 14/12/2016
Quick and easy Value for money Convenience
- "Paris to Nice" Glenn d. 09/12/2016
excellent trip except when we vacated our seats at the half way point station and then went back to our seats someone people were sitting there and they would not move. Eventually the did but they believed they had the correct seat numbers. Not sure about this but was very inconvenient for a while. Value for money Convenience
- "Excellent trip" Warren s. 06/12/2016
The trip from Paris Est to Strasbourg was relaxed and enjoyable in comfortable surroundings. Value for money Convenience
- "Pau to Paris" Irene w. 05/12/2016
Comfortable journey. Arrived at Pau on time and just a few minutes late in Paris. Value for money Convenience
- "Australian’s abroad" Simon t. 04/12/2016
Easy to read signage and clear announcements, found travelling in France much easier than expected, especially with our limited French Value for money Convenience
- "Efficient, easy to use" Gian c. 28/11/2016
Rode first class and it was easy to use, efficient and comfortable. Value for money Convenience
- "Relax" William n. 26/11/2016
Great way to travel. 1st Class and so relaxing. After traveling so long to get to Europe fro Australia it is a good way to get around. Would not do it any other way. Value for money Convenience
- "WAY TO TRAVEL" Rodney f. 22/11/2016
My wife and I traveled from Paris to Morlaix it was a wonderful trip, our seats were comfortable and we were able to use the WIFI while traveling. The selection of food and drinks were great with wines and beers available and hot meals. The trip was definitely value for money and we will be using the train in the future. Value for money Convenience
- "Short trip but great" Lena j. 12/11/2016
We booked our tickets from Australia, it was easy and efficient. The trip was very comfortable and on time. Value for money Convenience
- "Scholar - Review of TGV " Rexton s. 10/11/2016
We found the TGV trip was efficient and the service excellent. Value for money Convenience