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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$ 85
Brussels Nice 08:16 AU$ 222
Avignon Paris 02:41 AU$ 39
Paris Lyon 01:56 AU$ 39
Paris Cdg Airport Nice 06:35 AU$ 164
Zurich Frankfurt 04:17 AU$ 38
Paris Marseille 03:05 AU$ 39
Avignon Nice 02:56 AU$ 31
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 AU$ 127
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$ 77
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 AU$ 47
Paris Toulouse 05:25 AU$ 63
Paris Cdg Airport Lyon 01:59 AU$ 39
Brussels Marseille 05:06 AU$ 139
Paris Montpellier 03:19 AU$ 39
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 AU$ 47
Zurich Basel 00:53 AU$ 38
Paris Monaco 06:03 AU$ 85
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.

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 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.

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. 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?

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

  • 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 Med (Geneva to Nice & Marseille)?

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

  • Q. Is there a catering service on TGV trains?

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

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

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

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  • "Efficient, easy to use"    
    Rode first class and it was easy to use, efficient and comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Relax"    
    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"    
    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"    
    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 "    
    We found the TGV trip was efficient and the service excellent.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fast and comfortable"    
    Very impressive service. Easy to book, easy to access and really comfortable and convenient.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    Excellent. (more luggage space in first class would make it even better)    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train through France "    
    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"    
    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"    
    Excellent train and facilities    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Dijon"    
    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"    
    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"    
    A great and efficient way to travel. Our first class journey was delightful. Very comfortable seating    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TGV to Paris"    
    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"    
    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.  
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