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TGV

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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, connecting 1,400 destinations in France.

The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, in French) is the literal translation of high speed train. The TGV is the flagship of modern trains in France and Europe. It can travel at a speed of up to 320 km/h. The TGV is the fastest way to reach hundreds of destinations in France, in a short travel period. Operated by the SNCF, the French national railway company, the TGV also goes beyond the borders of France. More than 130 million passengers take the TGV every year.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Popular journeys and travel durations
JourneyTravel time
Paris – Reims0 h 45
Paris – Nantes2 h 01
Paris – Strasbourg2 h 20
Paris – Avignon2 h 40
Lille – Lyon2 h 55
Paris – Bordeaux3 h 00
Paris CDG – Marseille3 h 34

Paris Nice 05:37 € 54
Nice Brussels 08:16 € 142
Avignon Paris 02:41 € 25
Paris Lyon 01:56 € 25
Paris Cdg Airport Nice 06:35 € 105
Zurich Frankfurt 04:17 € 24
Paris Marseille 03:05 € 25
Avignon Nice 02:56 € 20
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 € 81
Lyon Nice 04:27 € 25
Bordeaux Paris 03:15 € 20
Nice Marseille 02:32 € 26
Brussels Avignon 04:34 € 89
Lyon Brussels 03:20 € 49
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 € 30
Paris Toulouse 05:25 € 40
Paris Cdg Airport Lyon 01:59 € 25
Marseille Brussels 05:08 € 89
Paris Montpellier 03:19 € 25
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 € 30
Basel Zurich 00:53 € 24
Lyon Avignon 01:00 € 15
Paris Monaco 06:03 € 54
Marseille Avignon 00:27 € 15
Bordeaux Paris Cdg Airport 04:10 € 37

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

Want to travel in the comfort of a spacious train and visit France? No need to rack your brains. TGV trains are the flagship of French rail as they offer an exciting experience on board at top speed touching 320 km/h.

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Experience the service

Before you board

Many of the TGV stations are architecturally outstanding and modern.

A reservation is needed to travel on board all TGV, the high speed French trains.
Make sure to validate your ticket using the yellow stamp machines on the platforms before you board the train.
There are usually two steps up to the carriage so make sure you can lift your luggage, or find a friendly passenger to help.

Onboard

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

Travel in style aboard TGV trains

  • Fashion king Christian Lacroix designed the interiors of the newest TGV trains, so expect to be impressed.

Suddenly you see!

  • On some routes, the double-decker TGV Duplex trains offer an even better view of the passing countryside whilst at high speed.

Aboard TGV trains, comfort is not a legend

  • 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

TGV trains offer the comfort of two travel classes to cater to your different needs. No wonder if after this experience, you will not feel like boarding a plane for short journeys anymore….

Onboard


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F.A.Q

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the TGV Med (Geneva to Nice & Marseille)?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • "Review"    
    I traveled form Paris to Avignon and back in June.Excellent journey I had.only problem was that my cab was waiting at Avignon TGV,whereas the train landed at Avignon Centre.This created some confusion.I took another cab from station and went to my Hotel.In total,Good service    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Angers to Paris"    
    Train departure and arrival on time. Comfortable 1st class seats. To a neophyte of rail transport, it's difficult to understand prior to train arrival where to go to find the car that is yours. The TV screen provided didn't really do it - it turns out that the train is much longer than the TV screen rendering shows. Given that the train only stops for a minute or two, we found ourselves having to rush our luggage on board a car that was several down from ours.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "So hard on luggage"    
    The train had two steps and I had to lug my suitcase and a haversack over them - that was so painful.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Customer validation check"    
    Hi, I was very disappointed about the Raileurope to have my personal validation after I brought a ticket from your website with my credit card. Why would a customer check is required to buy a train ticket where the credit card had already validated myself already. The whole process took 3 days which is very in-efficient. Very bad experiences. regards, Wong    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Overcrowding"    
    My journey to Avignon was good. But my return to Paris was bad. Other commuters were sitting on my seat. There is another commuter sharing seat with her child on here seat. This should not be allowed in first class. Due to this, the ride is not very comfortable.  
  • "senior citizen"    
    excellent    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Service"    
    From receiving notifications on when I was allowed to book to the reminders of travel, easy, efficient and affordable...    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Review"    
    It was nice expérience.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train timing was cancelled! "    
    Travelling in a group of 10 people with train cancelled was absolutely not convenient at all. The timing that we booked initially was cancelled and we had to wait a long time, a few hours, for the next train. A waste of our time. There was no space for our luggage. Finally, we had no seats at all throughout the journey since many people are catching this train as well.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A pleasant trip"    
    Trying to find my train was difficult. There was a lack of English signage, hence I didn't know where my train was located. Fortunately the staff, who knew basic English, at the Information Desk helped me. The train could be cleaner, there was chewing gum stuck on the lamp. Although I traveled in First Class, the seats are quite packed and I accidentally kicked the legs of the passenger in front of me.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Strikes and rude staff "    
    This trip didn't happen. It wasn't announced on the internet. At the rail station, I had to queue to find out what was happening. And it was suggested, by rather rude staff, that I could have a 'free' ticket the next day. Presumably to avoid any compensation, I was told I could sleep on the overnight train with a load of football supporters and then do another 5.30 hours journey the next day. I was lucky enough to have a friend to stay with instead. I have previously had good experience with fast, comfortable French trains; I will weigh up very carefully if I use them again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "it’s good"    
    The seat is comfortable,and it's convenient to book the tickets on the Internet.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Quick and easy"    
    Best way to travel through France with the TGV. It is quick and easy and gets you straight to your destination.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Rail strike!"    
    That pretty much says it all. Another comment is that the validation machine would not work on our tickets. We boarded hoping that notifying the conductor would be adequate. It was but the experience was unnecessarily stressful.  
  • "Terrible"    
    I did not take the trip as it was cancelled and nobody informed me about cancellation my trip was at night and no other train was going to dijon I had to call a relative to take me from airport and drive more than 2hours  
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