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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
Brussels Nice 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
Brussels Marseille 05:06 € 89
Paris Montpellier 03:19 € 25
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 € 30
Zurich Basel 00:53 € 24
Paris Monaco 06:03 € 54
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 boarding

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 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. Do I need to book my TGV ticket?

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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

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

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

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

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  • "Comfortable Ride to Paris"    
    The ride to Paris was quick and very comfortable in the first class cabin. Because of the time of year, the price of the ticket was pretty high. However, any other time of year would make the cost much better and more worth it.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "thank you your service"    
    ُExcellent Trip,We will always be together for better service. Always for the better. Khaled Abdul Nasser Koubar    Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    As usual the train journey was excellent.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    We took the wrong train at the wrong station. But the captain still find a avalible seat for us. We really appreaciate that.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Strasbourgh to CDG via TGV"    
    Effortless travel to the airport; hoping there will be more trains available later in the morning in the future. Recommend that RailEurope notify the passengers at time of booking that their sits may be sitting in the opposite travel direction. Otherwise, a great way to get to the airport to avoid stopping in PARIS first and avoiding the 0ne hour taxi ride from the 6th to CDG, no matter what hour you plan to leave.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Christmas markets trip"    
    The journey from Paris to Strasbourg was uneventful. Comfortable and fast! Thoroughly enjoyable!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nice journey"    
    It took some time to make the actual booking but then everything was excellent. Nice breakfast even if the machine for credit cards didn't work.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "1st TIME on TGV Railway"    
    I traveled 1st time on SPEED Train at Europe , which is symbol of advanced Technology. The ride from PARIS CDG to LAVAL was 2 Hrs 20 Mins . We travelled First class  
  • "Excellent value for money"    
    Thank you, I had a great trip, excellent value for money and very convenient.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Provençal Trip"    
    TGV was, as always pretty good, but had to get off train at Avignon TGV to take train to Avignon Central, as friends were picking us up at Central and could'nt contact them. Left my presents on floor of train as was so exhausted from days travel. Very sad and disappointed at end of the day.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "GREAT EXPERIENCE"    
    We loved to travel by train from Paris to Mulhouse. The train was really on time and comfy. We enjoyed the adorable view from this train. We were so lucky to have the discount tickets. Hope we can be travel by train again to discover Europe. See you next.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TGV Rocks!"    
    The gold standard for rail travel!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Pleasant Trip"    
    The 1 hour trip via the train from Paris to Reims was good. However I wish it would have been good if there were some space to push your big baggage. It wouldn't go in the overhead compartments. Many who take the train are tourists and will have a 18'' inch suitcase.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "First time travelers on train"    
    We purchased round trip tickets on line. The price ended up Being very good compared to buying at station. Everything was on schedule. My suggestion is that you include in the printed ticket that the carriage #is digital in the window of the carriage and not painted on the outside as we thought. The on line site is simple to use and we received a prompt response in English to an emailed question. Thank you    Value for money  Convenience
  • "FRANCE TRIP"    
    Amazing train, always on time both ways. Clean and fast. Highly recommended    Value for money  Convenience
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