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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 Nice 05:37 AU$ 86
Nice Brussels 08:16 AU$ 226
Avignon Paris 02:41 AU$ 40
Paris Lyon 01:56 AU$ 40
Nice Paris Cdg Airport 06:36 AU$ 180
Zurich Frankfurt 04:17 AU$ 38
Paris Marseille 03:05 AU$ 40
Avignon Nice 02:56 AU$ 32
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 AU$ 129
Lyon Nice 04:27 AU$ 40
Bordeaux Paris 03:15 AU$ 32
Nice Marseille 02:32 AU$ 41
Avignon Brussels 04:32 AU$ 142
Lyon Brussels 03:20 AU$ 78
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 AU$ 48
Paris Toulouse 05:25 AU$ 64
Paris Cdg Airport Lyon 01:59 AU$ 40
Marseille Brussels 05:08 AU$ 142
Paris Montpellier 03:19 AU$ 40
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 AU$ 48
Basel Zurich 00:53 AU$ 38
Monaco Paris 06:08 AU$ 181
Lyon Avignon 01:00 AU$ 24
Marseille Avignon 00:27 AU$ 24
Bordeaux Paris Cdg Airport 04:10 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 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. Do I need to book my TGV ticket?

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

  • 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 are the main destinations TGV trains connect to?

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

  • 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 (All high speed trains in France)?

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

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  • "Comfortable and affordable"    
    We had a great trip between Paris and Lyon. The seats were clean and comfortable, and we had heaps of space. The only thing we could complain about was the crush of people on the platform upon departure.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Panic"    
    On the morning of the 16th I checked the Rail Europe site to discover the statement "This train has already departed" Lots of checking followed We are travelling today and that message is there again Perhaps something could be done about it    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Lille"    
    The trip was quick and comfortable. The biggest hurdle is carrying suitcases. The platforms are long, there are always steps into the trains and limited storage space. if you are going to do a lot of train travel, seriously consider the type of bag you will be using.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Avignon"    
    The train service to Avigon was fast, efficient and on time. There was a great choice of times available.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "First class travel"    
    Great trip but found that the leg room in First Class was a bit tight and kept bumping the feet of the person facing me.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Bordeaux St Jean - Airport CDG"    
    A great journey we chose 1st class and was worth it! We shared a cabin that was half capacity with a very large and clean bathroom near by. The cabin was immaculate and very comfortable , the weather let us down so the scenery was limited but never the less a comfortable trip , and the convenience arriving at CDG airport.    Convenience
  • "A lot of kilometers in a short"    
    Wonderful way to travel a long distance in comfort and safety. Effortless transport with convenience to deliver you to the heart of Paris.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Ok"    
    Train was good and on time. No issues  
  • "My trip to Bordeau"    
    On time, excellent service, though could do with more people working in the bar/cafe    Value for money  Convenience
  • "paris to lyon"    
    so easy and cheap    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Train , Great Scenery"    
    Excellent journey with a comfortable seat    Value for money  Convenience
  • "tgv review"    
    great trip, great value for money, a magnificient way to travel in europe and a great company to deal with. thank you.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good trip"    
    We travelled from Paris to Aix-en-Provence where we had a wonderful few days. We couldn't manage to print our ticket at the self-service booths, but after a quick stop to the helpful SCNF information team, and they printed them out. The trains were newish, clean, comfortable, and on-time. Announcements are only made in French, but that was ok. Overall a good experience with RailEurope and the TGV.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Punctuality"    
    Train arrived in Paris 1 hour late. Over 20 minutes delay starting and another 40 minutes on the track.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable and efficient"    
    Caught the train from Paris to Lyon and was happy with the punctuality and comfort (1st class ticket). Disappointing that in this day and age there was no wifi but that is a small issue. Would definitely recommend as a fast way to get to Lyon.    Value for money  Convenience
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