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$ 86
Nice Brussels 08:16 AU$ 225
Avignon Paris 02:41 AU$ 40
Paris Lyon 01:56 AU$ 40
Paris Cdg Airport Nice 06:35 AU$ 167
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
Brussels Avignon 04:34 AU$ 141
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$ 141
Paris Montpellier 03:19 AU$ 40
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 AU$ 48
Basel Zurich 00:53 AU$ 38
Lyon Avignon 01:00 AU$ 24
Paris Monaco 06:03 AU$ 86
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.

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. Is there a catering service on TGV trains?

  • 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. Do I need to book my TGV ticket?

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

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

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

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

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

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  • "Punctual and Reliable"    
    I chose to take the train rather than the bus despite the fact that it cost considerably more as it halved the time of the journey and provided a comfortable and efficient service. The train left on time and arrived on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Lyon to Valence"    
    Train was on time but my seat had been used on the previous sector and had food scraps and rubbish on and around it. A quick trip to Valence where there is not much to do. Arrived on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TGV Trip"    
    Food is expensive. For the price paid, refreshments should be included in the fair. This service is regularly used by tourists and needs some English for stops    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Baggage "    
    It is difficult to carry large suitcases up the stairs to the upper level, especially for older people. Either more space could be allocated for suitcases in the lower level or passengers should be advised when booking if their seats are on the upper level.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip from Tours to Montparnass"    
    Our experience on this trip was excellent. The train was on time, comfortable and very good value.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Poor facilities - pre-trip"    
    The journey by train was smooth and comfortable. The time before my journey, spent standing in a crowded train station with no seating or food facilities left me puzzled that this is Paris' main terminal for train transport. London's St Pancras station and its facilities are brilliant compared to Gare du Nord.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris by TGV"    
    Travel by TGV between major cities in Europe is the way to go. Comfortable, relaxing and reliable (on time). Efficient transport options always available to get to and from the train stations. Highly recommended.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Aussies in Europe"    
    We have travelled with TGV many times over the last 5 years and have always found the service to be terrific. Trains are reliable and clean and the staff are friendly and helpful    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great trip!"    
    Train arrived promptly and I was very comfortable. As a solo traveller, the only problem I've experienced is getting up and down stairs with my luggage! It would be so helpful if platforms can be altered to take this into consideration.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "3*"    
    The first class carriages were comfortable. I thought the train would have a dining car. The person serving behind a service desk seemed concerned that he had to come and serve customers. There was no beer or wine available. The train was up to 1 hr late. The Italian trains had a far better service.  
  • "Very good way to travel"    
    I did not wish to drive. In spite of the TRAIN STRIKE, most services still operated. There was some inconvenience checking bookings. The train takes you from city centre to city centre. No taxi needed.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Holiday in Britanny"    
    Since we last used the rail service , the train seemed rather tired, and shabby. It was punctual and very convenient. There doesn't seem to be enough space for the baggage .    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Wonderful trip Paris to Carcas"    
    We found the trip enjoyable,with ease of access to both the station and the train. The seats are very comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris - Dijon"    
    Very comfortable journey. Train was clean and on time. Good value for money, a pleasant, fast journey.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Ease of travel"    
    Train from Angers to Paris Montparnasse is an efficient way to travel. Per booking tickets online through Rail Europe is helpful if dates are known.    Value for money  Convenience
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