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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$ 164|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Brussels||01:13||AU$ 127|
|Avignon||Paris Cdg Airport||03:10||AU$ 47|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Lyon||01:59||AU$ 39|
|Marseille||Paris Cdg Airport||03:47||AU$ 47|
|Bordeaux||Paris Cdg Airport||04:10||AU$ 58|
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. 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. 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.
- 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. 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. 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. You will be able to book your TGV tickets 90 days in advance.
- A. TGV offers two different classes of travel: 1st and 2nd class. Larger seats that recline electronically, power sockets for laptop or mobile phone and access to the bar buffet car are among the main features you will find in TGV first class. In second class, you will enjoy comfortable seats with also an access to the bar-buffet car where you can choose from a vast selection of dishes and beverages.
- 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.
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Reviews & ratings TGV
Overall rating (1783)
Overall appreciationExcellent 40% Very good 35% Average 18% Poor 4% Terrible 3%
- "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
- "Fast and comfortable" Kim r. 10/11/2016
Very impressive service. Easy to book, easy to access and really comfortable and convenient. Value for money Convenience
- "Excellent" Stephen b. 10/11/2016
Excellent. (more luggage space in first class would make it even better) Value for money Convenience
- "Train through France " Bradley c. 09/11/2016
I would recommend this trip to do at least once . A opportunity to see the countryside while still heading to your destination. Very rewarding. Value for money Convenience
- "Fantastic Service" Karen w. 09/11/2016
The most comfortable, relaxing, stress free way to travel. My husband and I took 4 train journeys during our month in France and each and every one was a fantastic travel experience. Well done France, it certainly was a bon voyage. Value for money Convenience
- "TGV is excellent" Piera c. 08/11/2016
Excellent train and facilities Value for money Convenience
- "Paris to Dijon" Alan p. 04/11/2016
On holiday from Australia, this was our first train journey, so we were a little nervous about how it would pan out, as we had very limited French. We were pleased to find that the information displayed in the station was sufficient for us to find and board our train, which left precisely on time. The journey was swift and very comfortable. We arrived in Dijon right on time. Value for money Convenience
- "Ease and convenience" Claire r. 02/11/2016
Great experience being taken virtually door to door from Provence to Airport. Comfortable, quiet and very low cost to enjoy first class. Value for money Convenience
- "StMalo - Paris Montpasse Train" Janis w. 02/11/2016
A great and efficient way to travel. Our first class journey was delightful. Very comfortable seating Value for money Convenience
- "TGV to Paris" Jillian k. 31/10/2016
Everything was fine except luggage stowage. There are plenty of places for smaller pieces but heavy suitcases for those travelling for many weeks/ months are difficult to stow, especially if seats are upstairs. Getting on at a place after the journey has begun is difficult as there aren't many places left for big items of luggage. Value for money Convenience
- "Comfortable" . 29/10/2016
This part of the journey was hell for us as no one informed us that we had to change trains and how to get from Paris Nord to this station. Trying to get help from stations staff was almost non existent as unfortunately we did not speak French and most staff we ask had very poor English. We only made our connection with minutes to spare and only through the help of 2 other commuters. The train trip itself was fine when we finally made it aboard.