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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$ 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 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?

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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  • "no stress travel"    
    The train was very full but the trip was comfortable. Staff are helpful and are good english speakers.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fine Dining !"    
    We would like a better dining car on the train , similar to the German trains    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good trip but no wifi"    
    Comfortable seats, friendly staff, on time. All good for a train trip, but on longer journeys, wifi access should be a basic. It wasn't.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "CDG Station Uncomfortable"    
    CDG TGV station is a pretty uncomfortable place to wait for a train. Lack of seating and eating areas. Be prepared to pay to use the bathrooms.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Luggage problems"    
    Seating us upstairs when we had heavy luggage made entry and exit very difficult. Hence the low rating. The TGV 2 storey trains need to have this problem sorted. Also, when we arrived at Matabiau people started to crowd onto the train before we were even down the stairs with our cases. Not happy.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Last minute help/RailEurope "    
    Brilliant help from the RailEurope Team (Clement) to deal with re-booking a last minute date change of travel. Refunds/new tickets all sorted on the day before leaving Australia. Have used RailEurope over the last five years and the ticketing is transparent and good value.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Cc"    
    In 4 berth 1st class area . Found it more cramped and difficult with feet position with strangers. Would have preferred 2nd class all facing same way    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TGV"    
    an excellent service    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Superb !"    
    Fast; efficient; clean and on time - presentation excellent in all repects    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Quick"    
    Great journey very comfortable and very quick.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Reliable, fast and efficient"    
    Not much to add only drawback is lifting heavy bags onto train. We had trouble finding our seats but the friendly staff on the train helped us out. Always great travelling on the TGVs.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Convenience"    
    The train left on time and save the hassle of driving from France into Italy.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable."    
    Very comfortable ride. No internet. Better than the Thalys!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip down memory lane"    
    Made this trip many times before. Good start from Gare Montparnasse. The usual last minute notification of what platform would be taken. Not an issue if you are used to it. Smooth ride plenty to see even at TGV speed. Left and arrived on time. We had breakfast at our hotel and were going to have lunch when we arrived so we did not purchase refreshments on the train. The internet tickets did not have to be franked/validated a minor but definite plus.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Smooth and Easy"    
    Found the trip by TGV to Avignon to be simple to book online from Australia and very easy to use. No issues.    Value for money  Convenience
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