TGV, high speed trains, serving 1,400 destinations in France.

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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.

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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. Learn more

Practical information

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.

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

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.
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.

A class apart


Classes of service

Classes and facilities offered by TGV
First class Second 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.

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Reviews & ratings

  • Value for money
    Review | Andrew p. | 2017/01/24
    "The train departed on time and arrived on time. The conductor was polite and multilingual. The only issue was that someone was sitting in my allocated seat but that did not bother me as there were other seats available that had the same comfort level. "

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    Convenient | Darren h. | 2017/01/19
    "Convenient, prompt and relaxing trip. "

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    Hi-speed relaxing way to go! | Rhonda m. | 2017/01/15
    "Enjoyable travel. "

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    Paris to Strasbourg  | Terry-ann m. | 2017/01/14
    "Very easy, booked online, printed tickets. Caught train to destination. "

  • Snow trip | . | 2017/01/13
    "This part of the leg was really good, clean good transport "

  • Value for money
    Excellent trip | Julien d. | 2017/01/12
    "On time, clean, comfortable, and fast. Great trip. "

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    Clean, quiet, efficient | Pascal r. | 2017/01/09
    "It was a pleasure to take this journey. It is such a pleasant change to come to a country where it is expected that travellers are quiet and respectful. The carriages were spotlessly clean, the journey departed and arrived right on time and I cannot speak more highly of this service. "

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    Australians in France | Christopher m. | 2017/01/06
    "We had a comfortable and timely journey. Being able to walk from the airport was very convenient. "

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    Generally good experience | Nicola p. | 2017/01/03
    "We are family of 6, travelling for 4 weeks in winter so we had a lot of luggage. Generally the experience on The TGV was good but we struggled with storing all our luggage and getting it on and off the train quickly. Fortunately with 3 older teens it was achievable. "

  • Value for money
    Great trip  | Kenneth g. | 2016/12/31
    "Happy with the service "

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Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Can I change seats after the train departs?

  • Q. I missed my train. What should I do?

  • Q. Will a National Rail Strike affect my train travel?

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  • Q. Should I buy my seat reservations prior to arriving in Europe, or can I just get them at the station locally?

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