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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
Nice Paris Cdg Airport 06:36 € 113
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
Avignon Brussels 04:32 € 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!

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

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

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

  • 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 shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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

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  • "Arrived late but got a seat"    
    We had booked earlier for the ticket but was delayed by the flight from Thailand. Had planned for 2 hrs to land and get to CDG 2TGV but flight as delayed. Upon arrival at 825am, there was no way to get on that train. We went to the Customer service office and was simply told - Nothing we can do and to avoid being at the TGV station, we had to book the more expensive ticket. While I understand this, should not Euro rail provide an avenue for the value of the tickets to offset the newly purchased tickets? Afterall we could show on the flight arrival information that it was the flight arrival was late.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable trip"    
    TGV isn't cheap but nevertheless we had a comfortable and efficient trip from CDG to Lyon.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TGV South"    
    Very easy and relaxed trip enjoying the changing landscape and Mont Ventoux en route from Lyon to Marseille.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Smooth comfortable trip"    
    I was surprised that there was no buffet car open    Value for money  Convenience
  • "family trip to avignon"    
    Great train. Very nice compartment. Wish the train could give us a little more than the 20 minutes on which platform we were assigned. as we had a lot of luggage other than that everything was great.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy way to get to Paris!"    
    We needed to get from a small place near Marseille to Paris and didn't want to travel by car. Flying was pretty expensive, but the train trip from Marseille was only 51 Euro, and only 3.5 hours of our holiday time as well. The hardest part was getting to the Marseille train station, after that it was very easy to find the right train, there was plenty of time to get on and get comfortable, and getting our luggage on and stowed was no problem either. Seats in first class are very comfortable, and there's plenty of scenery to enjoy along the way. We'd definitely use the train again in France!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Planning journey"    
    Very easy to book and pay online    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Less than expected"    
    Efficient and clean. However coach a little dated. Sitting space and legroom smaller than expected.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to Paris from Lourdes"    
    It was a very enjoyable trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "MONTPELLIER- CDG"    
    SMOOTH RIDE - ON TIME- PEOPLE PUSHING TO GET ON AS WE GETTING OFF AT CDG. COULD NOT FIND LOWER FARE ON YOUR WEBSITE ???    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Poor customer service "    
    I had purchased my ticket on line in NZ and I arrived at the CDG airport train station to catch the TGV to Poitiers. I was not sure where to go so some people told me to ask the train assistants with red on their uniforms. I showed 2 assistants my ticket and said ""where" ? as I don't speak french. The young female assistant looked at my ticket and said "H" . I checked back by pointing to the "H" sign and she said oui. So I went to the platform she told me and waited until after the time my train should have come but no train. I found the assistant again upstairs and her colleague who spoke english said it was my fault for being on the wrong level and i need to admit that I made a mistake. I was very distressed as I had missed my train and finally a supervisor came and after some time agreed to rebook my ticket. Some lessons in helpful customer service are needed for your train station assistants.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "normal"    
    no so confotable  
  • "Paris to Marseille by train"    
    An enjoyable journey    Value for money  Convenience
  • "So Convenient"    
    Having a TGV directly from Rennes, where our son lives, direct to CDG was a pleasure. I only wish I knew how to book seats that are facing forward. I do not like to travel backward.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "CONSIDERATE STATION MASTER"    
    Once we arrived in Nice, we tried to shuttle the luggage quickly to the next platform to the TGV. The station master was kind enough to tell us not to worry but would wait for us to load our luggage in the our coach which was a distance away before closing the doors. its also a shame that there are no trolleys or porters to help one to change the platforms.  
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