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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • "Over all"    
    Excellent trip: confrortable, at time and no inconvenience at all    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    Thanks for the excellent journey and friendly staff - a great trip made easy for tourists.  
  • "HOLIDAY"    
    We arrived early and sought the information desk as we are not accustomed to travel by train in France .The person at the information desk was helpful .    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Marseille"    
    Great trip, fast, efficient and the seats were really comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Ile du Re via La Roch"    
    Lovely trip. Train was very comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "paris to rennes"    
    I like this trip. The service staff was patient to deal with my problem, one of the armrest was partly impaired. Also, the back of the chair cannot be adjusted. It was a little bit uncomfortable as we had three hours to get to the destination. And the sign of the car is not clear enough for people taking TGV for the first time. Except the problems I met, overall, the trip was good.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Never was on the train."    
    I didn't arrive in Europe until Sept. 02. I broke my leg two days later and returned to the USA. I cancelled the reservations on the phone and on the net. I returned the printed out tickets to you at the address in the USA as requested. You received your Tickets two days ago and acknowledged receipt yesterday. I'm waiting for you to credit my charge card. Please let me know if you have any further questions. This IS NOT a negative review - every time I have contacted your company I've been treated with respect and professionalism and all your personnel have done everything they could to help me - I WILL use yourservice when I return to Europe next year. - Thank you  
  • "A pleasing journey"    
    We travelled from Agen to Bordeaux St.Jean which took about one hour. The train was punctual, clean and comfortable. We did pay the extra for first class and have no complaints at all.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "South of France adventure"    
    The train was clean, but the furnishings were tired. We booked separately because we changed our plans. We were not able to sit on the same level, let alone together, in the same carriage. Someone was sitting in my reserved seat instead of the one that she had reserved. I found another. We were surprised that the train was not patrolled much by staff and this made us anxious about the security of our luggage. We expected heightened vigilence.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "excellent "    
    service was excellent / information wise good-english version to be added    Value for money  Convenience
  • "crossing Paris "    
    train trip very good overall and much easier to get luggage onto train now. Found it quite difficult to cross from Paris Nord to Montparnasse on metro with heavy suitcase as a lot of stairs . People were very kind about helping but would recommend taxi unless light luggage only.  
  • "Relaxing way to travel"    
    We traveled first class in what was to be a "quiet" car, but there was a child that cried non-stop for the 2 hour trip and a group of three adults who were also not respecting the silence. Otherwise we enjoyed the experience tremendously. We will plan our future vacations to include the train more often and the automobile much less.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fast and comfortable"    
    Very comfortable train, nice buffet car, air conditioned easy to find the train , easy to board , a nice way to travel Frnce. We went for Paris to Avignon and found it a perfect way to get where we wanted to be. Would book again in the future.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Amazing!"    
    it was a comfortable journey. only that had there been a display on the coming stations, it would have been more convenient.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "An excellent train service"    
    Train services on the continent are excellent especially when compared with the UK - in frequency, comfort and cost. The service was very good.    Value for money  Convenience
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