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  • 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 Cdg Airport Nice 06:35 € 105
Paris Lyon 01:56 € 25
Frankfurt Zurich 04:22 € 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
Monaco Paris 06:08 € 114
Lyon Avignon 01:00 € 15
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. Is there a catering service on TGV trains?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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

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

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  • "Better than British Railways"    
    So much better than travelling on British Railways. Fast, clean, and much much better value.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "France holiday"    
    excellent pleasant trip    Value for money  Convenience
  • ":)"    
    The trip is very comfortable. Everything is OK. In future I always choice trip by raileurope. Thank you :)  
  • "AIX EN PROV TGV"    
    I WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE PUNCTUALITY OF THE TRAIN AS WELL AS THE CLEANLINESS.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Travel with Rail Europe"    
    We found this service to be excellent, the train was clean, comfortable and the ride very smooth. Information on departure times, boarding and gates was very clear and we were able to easily access the train. We would certainly recommend the service to family and friends.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "cross country in Northern Fran"    
    Unfortunately the allocated seats were facing backwards, this was disappointing as it is our girst visit ti France    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris - Ruffec"    
    A really easy trip back from Paris back into rural France. Travelling with my 7 year old daughter. Ample space on the train for luggage and all on time. Locals on the train explained that there is talk that Ruffec will no longer be a stop on the TGV journey. This would be terrible if it happened. Lots of people use this stop.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "The only way."    
    This is the most comfortable system in the world.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Trip"    
    Fantastic, smooth, fast, comfortable way to effortlessly get from Bordeaux to Paris! We noted that only the last hour from Tours is truly "high" speed at 300kph, with the rest limited by rails to about 160!! So fast!!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Need to improve the speed"    
    I traveled almost 4 hours from Avignon Center to Paris Gare Lyon with this train. Apparently, this northbound train's facilities are different from southbound train which i took previously, from Paris Gare Lyon to Avignon Center. This train look old fashioned and lack of USB power charger (Forgive me if i was wrong about it. Maybe some other seating area equips with power charge devices which i am not beware of). And its travelling speed is terrible slow. Good thing is it is quite convenience for me directly travelling from Avignon Center to Paris Gare Lyon station without intermediate transfer.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A Perfect Trip"    
    As a non-French speaker, I was gratified by how easy it was to book the trip and to have my questions answered by SNCF staff at the ticket counters, since many of the agents speak English. As with all of my rail travel in France, the train departed and arrived precisely on time, was very comfortable, and the TGV service was a fun experience and a great value. Thank you!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very easy and relaxing journey"    
    The train was comfortable, clean and on time. All facilities were there. I really enjoyed the trip. The view was also wonderful!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fine trip"    
    Staff were very helpful by guiding where to stand on platform before trains arrival, positioning for correct carriage. Journey was comfortable, without incident and on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "First class seat experience"    
    The 1st class seat I had from Paris to Bordeaux is actually back and back and front to front seat facing each other. Not as comfortable as I expected as you're sharing your leg room with the passenger sitting opposite you.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "First time in France"    
    We needed to head out to Avignon after arriving in Paris. We had a very good deal for the tickets as we booked early and the journey was comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
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