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  • Paris - Nice: 05:36
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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$ 84
Nice Brussels 08:16 AU$ 222
Avignon Paris 02:41 AU$ 39
Paris Cdg Airport Nice 06:35 AU$ 164
Paris Lyon 01:56 AU$ 39
Frankfurt Zurich 04:22 AU$ 37
Paris Marseille 03:05 AU$ 39
Avignon Nice 02:56 AU$ 31
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 AU$ 126
Lyon Nice 04:27 AU$ 39
Bordeaux Paris 03:15 AU$ 31
Nice Marseille 02:32 AU$ 41
Brussels Avignon 04:34 AU$ 139
Lyon Brussels 03:20 AU$ 76
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 AU$ 47
Paris Toulouse 05:25 AU$ 62
Paris Cdg Airport Lyon 01:59 AU$ 39
Marseille Brussels 05:08 AU$ 139
Paris Montpellier 03:19 AU$ 39
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 AU$ 47
Basel Zurich 00:53 AU$ 37
Monaco Paris 06:08 AU$ 178
Lyon Avignon 01:00 AU$ 23
Marseille Avignon 00:27 AU$ 23
Bordeaux Paris Cdg Airport 04:10 AU$ 58

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. Is there a catering service on TGV trains?

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

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

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

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

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

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  • "Paris to Arras"    
    Would have been easier if the ticket had shown the train's end destination as we only had a 10 minute to change at Paris Nord from the Amsterdam train. Seat arm rest missing on one seat. Train kept to time for our arrival at Arras.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "French Rail"    
    Great travelling on French Rail. On time departure and arrival time. However, appreciate announcements can also be made in English and not only French. Could not fault trains, clean and comfortable trains. Thanks for the experience  
  • "Quick trip to Paris"    
    A pleasant journey in comfortable seats on a clean train that pretty much kept to schedule. Easy riding!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nice to Paris"    
    Great way to get to Paris from Nice . The trip was comfortable but the toilet in my carriage was disgusting so on the trip the toilet should be cleaned regularly. Also there were annoucements made over the PA but they were in French only and did not understand. They should also be in English.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy way of getting around"    
    Comfortable train with friendly staff. Both trips we did (Paris to Marseille and back) had affable staff who seemed to enjoy their jobs. Trains were comfortable, and left and arrived on time. And clean toilets!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "The last and best leg"    
    Traveling from Australia to France for a wedding, the TGV provided an easy, well signed connection in Terminal 2. The train was on-time and the upstairs 1st class seat provided comfort, views of the countryside and speed on the last leg of the long journey to Lille. An early booking on line gave me a really good price for my first trip on a high speed train. Will do it again, for sure!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fab train ride"    
    Easy, clean, fast    Value for money  Convenience
  • "New train"    
    This was just a short trip but the train was very new and 2 levels.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Smooth railing"    
    This was short journey of approximately 35 mins - no dramas    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Attempted Robbery on board"    
    Whilst waiting to leave Brussells for Lille a man got on the train and we found him going through our hand luggage, we chased him off the train and he didn't get anything except a copy watch worth $15 AUD. I reported to the conductor but he wasn't interested I reported to Lille Police but they were not interested. What is disturbing that this man got on the train in 1st class without a ticket and there is no security for the passengers. Consequently I would have to think twice about travelling by train across Europe again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "great rail trip"    
    I would recommend TGV to everyone, we wished we had used it more on our recent trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A relaxing journey"    
    We were very glad we took the TGV rather than driving to Paris. The train was quick, quiet and comfortable. Our only complaint was that there were few signs in Dijon alerting us to the correct platform from which to catch our train.  
  • "great trip"    
    this was a beautiful way to travel the staff were helpful and friendly    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy and comfortable"    
    A very easy and convenient way to travel. From booking on line and then catching the train all went very smoothly. No issues. The train journey itself was very comfortable    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fast efficient service"    
    We dropped our hire car at Bordeaux train station, had a cup of coffee and then boarded for a four hour trip on the train to Paris CDG. We snoozed, read and had a light meal in the café car one carriage away. Next time I would make sure to book upper seats for a better view. Excellent service.    Value for money  Convenience
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