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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. Do I need to book my TGV ticket?

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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

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

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

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

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

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Overall rating (1783)

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  • "Nice - Toulon"    
    Great journey, and amazing quiet trains and great service from the train guards made it very easy. Highly recommended.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to Bordeaux"    
    I had a lot of trouble buying my tickets online. Tickets that are not available should not be shown for selection on the site. Our premier seats were underwhelming.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfort way to see Europe"    
    From when we made the booking until the end of the trip, we enjoyed every moment. No hassles, easy to use and a comfortable trip. We enjoyed every moment    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Room for Baggage"    
    This is my first experience with train in France. Room for big luggage is less than I expected.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Wi-Fi? "    
    The service was excellent, but we really missed Wi-Fi connection. Especially on 1st Class. Anyway, thanks for very convenient trip!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train rides"    
    Needed more luggage space, coach numbers should be marked better, seats need to replaced with more comfortable ones    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Luxembourg trip"    
    Love the convenience and ease of train travel. I like have assigned seats except when seats face each other. The leg room is a bit tight when facing another passenger. The train was clean and well kept and had plenty of space for luggage. Great way to travel.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "PARIS EST - STRASBOURG"    
    Timely and fast travel. Expected more from First Class though. Not enough luggage storage space.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great trip"    
    Everything is good for us.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "High Speed Marseille to Paris"    
    Wonderful to see the French countryside as we sped to Paris. I would say the experience was very good, though I thought the website said there was a buffet in First Class though there was not. Perhaps I read it wrong. First class was not much more so no big deal. I am from Canada and the days of train travel in that country have been rendered obsolete due to the size of the country and plane travel so for me this was like a step back in time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Magnificent "    
    We enjoyed the very fast trip. Thank you.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy to find?"    
    The entrance were, but the correct seat no. Every country has its way of showing seat number. This was hard to find here.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Markings of the Coaches"    
    I would suggest you mark the coaches more clearly. We were booked in Coach 1, when we asked the guy on the platform he said we would see the numbers, We did not, so assuming Coach 1 would be in front we got in that coach. We could not find our seats, so we just sat where we found place. After speaking to other people we found out where the markings are and found out that our coach was way at the back. Never the less, we traveled to our destination quick and easy.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Was punctual"    
    The personal stuff is very professional and kind.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TGV"    
    Very comfortable, train punctual and toilets lovely and clean. Only drawback was the difficulty o gettin luggage to upstairs carriages/ stowing luggage.  
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