TGV

TGV

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Key features

  • Paris - Nice: 05:36
  • Book early, save up to 60%
  • Book up to 90 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High speed trains

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TGV

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 Nice 05:37 AU$ 88
Nice Brussels 08:16 AU$ 231
Avignon Paris 02:41 AU$ 41
Paris Lyon 01:56 AU$ 41
Paris Cdg Airport Nice 06:35 AU$ 171
Zurich Frankfurt 04:17 AU$ 39
Paris Marseille 03:05 AU$ 41
Avignon Nice 02:56 AU$ 33
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 AU$ 132
Lyon Nice 04:27 AU$ 41
Bordeaux Paris 03:15 AU$ 33
Nice Marseille 02:32 AU$ 42
Brussels Avignon 04:34 AU$ 145
Lyon Brussels 03:20 AU$ 80
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 AU$ 49
Paris Toulouse 05:25 AU$ 65
Paris Cdg Airport Lyon 01:59 AU$ 41
Marseille Brussels 05:08 AU$ 145
Paris Montpellier 03:19 AU$ 41
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 AU$ 49
Basel Zurich 00:53 AU$ 39
Lyon Avignon 01:00 AU$ 24
Paris Monaco 06:03 AU$ 88
Marseille Avignon 00:27 AU$ 24
Bordeaux Paris Cdg Airport 04:10 AU$ 60

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.

More details

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.

Onboard

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.


Highlights

  • 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!

More details

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.

Onboard


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F.A.Q

  • Q. When do I need to check-in before boarding a TGV train?

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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

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

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

  • Q. Do I need to book my TGV ticket?

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

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

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

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  • "French Trains are Excellent"    
    Sweet, no hassles, breeze into the capital.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "paris to strasbourg"    
    train was a little dirty    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy travel"    
    Love European trains, great service, stood value and on time    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Communication!"    
    We had concerns around sufficient time to transfer our luggage at Marseille for the connecting train to Nice and it wasn't until I made enquiries at the station (Avignon) that I was advised this service was cancelled and replaced by a direct service to Nice. In reality the replacement train stopped at Marseille to pick up a significant number of Soccer fans en route to Nice. Our trip was delayed some 1 hour whilst additional carriages were added to our train. Our first class became over loaded with Soccer fans with people standing in the isle and at various stages sitting on our table. Luggage was being moved or emptied from the storage racks so that fans could crawl in there to sleep. Not our best experience.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Hassle Free"    
    Excellent service provided by porters at Gare Lyon. As with previous trips a concern for international travellers is the limited information provided in English via en route announcements. Always a concern to get luggage on and off the train as you have no idea as to how much time is provided. The fear of being separated from your luggage is real. Great to see this system has trains that run on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "my train journey"    
    After 30 hours of travelling, it was disappointing that the train was running late. The seats are very comfortable, although, at a window seat it's impossible to get out without making the person on the aisle move everything and get up. Also, the luggage racks above the seats are a bit too small for hand-luggage. The convenience of catching the train at an airport, however, is fantastic.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Entertaining"    
    If the stunning coastal views and gorgeous country vistas were not sufficiently diverting, then the 'people watching' on this train provided a constant source of entertainment. This journey was taken on a packed train given the strike conditions over the weekend but it was all handled with good humour and as long as one had secured a reserved seat, the journey was both comfortable and fun. The restaurant car also provides a good coffee.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Relaxing"    
    A beautiful way to travel around france.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very good"    
    We travelled well in the fast train. It was comfortable and too no time to get to Paris. A great way to travel in Europe.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "comfortable trip"    
    comfortable way to travel from Nice to Lyon. Fast and efficient. comfortable seating.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Lucky Travel Day"    
    On this day,train number booked on did not exist. We had 22 minutes to find out what to do. I eventually found a "Helper" in the very crowded Station, who said just get on the next train going through to Nice. We were able to get 2 seats in 2nd class carriage and not get asked to give them up. So we completed our journey still on time and without any more fuss. The trains are good value and convenient travel  
  • "Didn’t happen"    
    Flight was four hours late arriving at CDG, train connection missed. Had to rebuy tickets. An expensive outcome  
  • "Paris to Marseilles by TGV"    
    Excellent!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "First Time Train Travellers"    
    Our experience on this trip far exceeded our expectations. The train was on time both for departure and arrival.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Reims Day Trip"    
    Was great to have allocated seats for this train trip. Had booked and paid in advance and I was impressed with how smoothly the entire trip went. Trains were on time in arrivals and departures and were clean. Very easy process overall    Value for money  Convenience
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