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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$69
Nice Brussels 08:16 AU$226
Paris Avignon 02:36 AU$40
Nice Paris Cdg Airport 06:36 AU$180
Paris Lyon 01:56 AU$40
Zurich Frankfurt 04:17 AU$39
Paris Marseille 03:05 AU$40
Nice Avignon 02:54 AU$32
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 AU$129
Nice Lyon 04:27 AU$48
Bordeaux Paris 02:04 AU$88
Nice Marseille 02:32 AU$42
Brussels Avignon 04:34 AU$142
Lyon Brussels 03:20 AU$78
Paris Cdg Airport Avignon 03:09 AU$64
Marseille Brussels 05:08 AU$142
Paris Toulouse 05:25 AU$64
Paris Cdg Airport Lyon 01:59 AU$40
Montpellier Paris 03:21 AU$40
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 AU$48
Avignon Lyon 01:02 AU$24
Zurich Basel 00:53 AU$39
Monaco Paris 06:08 AU$182
Avignon Marseille 00:29 AU$24
Paris Cdg Airport Bordeaux 04:16 AU$59

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 boarding

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

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

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

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

  • Q. How far in advance can I book a TGV ticket?

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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

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

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

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  • "Review"    
    The train departed on time and arrived on time. The conductor was polite and multilingual. The only issue was that someone was sitting in my allocated seat but that did not bother me as there were other seats available that had the same comfort level.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Convenient"    
    Convenient, prompt and relaxing trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Hi-speed relaxing way to go!"    
    Enjoyable travel.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Strasbourg "    
    Very easy, booked online, printed tickets. Caught train to destination.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Snow trip"    
    This part of the leg was really good, clean good transport  
  • "Excellent trip"    
    On time, clean, comfortable, and fast. Great trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Clean, quiet, efficient"    
    It was a pleasure to take this journey. It is such a pleasant change to come to a country where it is expected that travellers are quiet and respectful. The carriages were spotlessly clean, the journey departed and arrived right on time and I cannot speak more highly of this service.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Australians in France"    
    We had a comfortable and timely journey. Being able to walk from the airport was very convenient.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Generally good experience"    
    We are family of 6, travelling for 4 weeks in winter so we had a lot of luggage. Generally the experience on The TGV was good but we struggled with storing all our luggage and getting it on and off the train quickly. Fortunately with 3 older teens it was achievable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great trip "    
    Happy with the service    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable "    
    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."    
    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"    
    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"    
    Easily navigated by non French speakers, helpful staff, comfortable journey    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Transfer"    
    Quick and easy    Value for money  Convenience
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