Travelling on a TGV France-Italy train

At a glance

  • High speed train
  • France
  • Italy


Operated by SNCF, the French national railway company, the high-speed Trains à Grande Vitesse between France and Italy speed between the two countries at 270km/h.

TGV France-Italy trains link Paris with Turin and Milan, a scenic journey from city centre to city centre through beautiful stretches of the French Alps.

TGV France-Italy trains depart daily from Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Chambéry, Saint-Jean de Maurienne and Modane to Milan, stopping in Bardonecchia, Oulx, Turin, Vercelli, and Novara along the way. The journey from Paris Gare de Lyon station to Milan Porta Garibaldi train station takes just over 7 hrs.

Practical information

©Patrick Messina / SNCF

Before you board

There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding TGV France-Italy trains. However, ticket control and passport checks take place once onboard.


Air conditioning comes as standard on TGV France-Italy trains. There is good luggage space onboard, but bear in mind that your luggage has to be labelled.

A small number of TGV France-Italy trains now offer wifi in both Standard Class and First Class. All TGV France-Italy trains offer power sockets in both classes.

There are toilets, sometimes with baby-changing facilities, at the end of most carriages. If you’re travelling with small children, it is possible to book seats in TGV France-Italy’s Espaces Famille, which are located next to an onboard nursery area.

A bar-bistro carriage is part of every TGV France-Italy service. It offers hot and cold snacks, sandwiches, breakfast, salads, cakes, hot and cold drinks, beer and wine. You can also purchase metro tickets for Milan, Turin, Paris and Lyon in the bar-bistro carriage.

Booking and printing options

A reservation is needed to travel onboard all TGV France-Italy trains.

TGV France-Italy train tickets have no hidden fees and they include the price of your seat reservation.

Get the lowest prices on TGV France-Italy trains by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.

Opt for off-peak TGV France-Italy trains when you have to travel at short notice. Off-peak TGV France-Italy trains are more affordable than ones running mornings and evenings along with those running around the holidays, Fridays and Sunday afternoons.

Classes of service

TGV France-Italy trains offer seated accommodation in two classes: Standard Class and First Class

TGV France-Italy First Class

Seating in TGV France-Italy First Class is more spacious than in Standard Class. Some seats are arranged in groups of two or four across a table, others are airline style. For couples travelling together, a pair of seats across a table (called a 'Club duo') is a great choice. First Class travellers have access to the Grand Voyageurs First Class lounge at Paris Gare de Lyon train station.

TGV France-Italy Standard Class

Seating in TGV France-Italy Standard Class is arranged in pairs of airline-style seats across a central aisle in open-plan carriages. There are some groups of four seats around a table, while others are arranged in pairs.

Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.