TGV

TGV

TGV. The fast track to explore France.

  • 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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Overview

TGV

There is one word to describe TGV. Fast ! The world speed record holder, it zips from city to city at up to 322 kph (201 mph). With Paris as its hub, this high-speed French network interconnects throughout Europe making it an attractive alternative to the plane.

If we had to find another word to describe the TGV, it would have to be “often”. Because every day 450 trains crisscross the network, offering you a wide choice of journey times.

The TGV is France’s technological gem, constantly improving comfort and performance while also keeping sight of the planet’s well-being. In fact, eco-mobility is at the heart of the TGV experience. From the aerodynamic design of the lines to the manufacturing of the trains, each step is carefully researched to minimize the impact on the environment. Even our drivers are trained to ’drive economically’ (power off when going downhill, adapting the speed to rail grip-reducing electricity consumption by a third). It continues throughout, with light fixtures that use low-energy light bulbs, air conditioning that adapts to the number of travelers, waste that is compacted and waste water that is recycled.

More details

TGV is among the first high speed trains which operated in the world. The TGV is synonym of viability and modernity. It is the pride of the French railway industry. TGV can travel up to a speed of 200 mph. Learn more


Practical information


French TGV high speed trains require seat reservations for travel.
Please be sure to validate your train ticket using the yellow machines located on the departure platforms. This must be done prior to boarding the train.
TGV trains typically have 2 steps up into the train. Keep this in mind while packing to ensure you can lift your luggage onto the train.

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

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.
The TGV are high speed trains which offer 2 travel classes to travellers. The trains are designed to offer the maximum comfort to all passengers. After a journey on board the TGV train, you will arrive at your destination with a taste of a very good travel experience. You can use TGV trains, which are preferred over planes, when travelling inside France. Learn more

A class apart

Onboard

Classes of service

Services & amenities offered by TGV
Second class First class
Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.
Family section Enjoy the journey with children in a dedicated area with foldable table and space for kids.
Reserve a Taxi Have a taxi waiting for you upon arrival at your destination by pre-booking. Taxi is an additional cost paid locally.
Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy reclining seat with headrest.
Power sockets Keep your phone, laptop, or other devices charged while sitting in your seat.
Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.

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Reviews & ratings

  • Value for money
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    Locating Train was difficult |
    "I had some trouble finding the track at Gare de Lyon in Paris. Also I had trouble finding my coach at the Lyon Airport train going to Paris. "

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    Great Trip great service |
    "comfortable, reliable service "

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    Enjoy the landscape |
    "I recently travelled from Bruxelles Midi to CDG Paris. It was a freezing day, but the train was a speeding cocoon with refreshments and a wonderful view of the snowy landscape flashing by. The arrival at the airport went smoothly - it really is a hassle-less way to travel, and depending on when one buys the ticket, surprisingly cheap, even in first class. "

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    Can be improved |
    "Less leg room than expected a bit tight for first classfor a couple would be good to book window seats across from each other. No security checks !!! "

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    Excellent  |
    "Everything excellent. .....exept one thing , when the train stop in station airport cdg, its only stop two or three minutes only , this minutes not enough to drop all bags with my family, airport means many bags. Thank's "

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    Excellent service ! |
    "Fast, convenient, on-time "

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    Comfort at Speed |
    "We booked at the last minute online for a trip from Paris Gare Du Lyon to Mulhouse Ville. This is the third time in 4 weeks that we have taken this trip. The coach was very comfortable, clean and spacious. The ticket conductors were extremely helpful as our French was very very basic. Looking to return and make the same journey in a weeks time. "

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    wonderful |
    "it was wonderful experience. "

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    Good Trip to Destination |
    "Fast, Timely and enjoyable means to the destination "

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    Montparnasse to Bordeaux |
    "Everything was Ok. Price not cheap. "

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FAQs

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Do I need to buy tickets for Eurostar, Thalys or any other high speed trains before my travel date ?

  • Q. Is there a check-in before the departure of an TGV train ?

  • Q. What is the baggage limitation when travelling on board TGV trains ?

  • Q. How much time in advance, can I book tickets for TGV trains ?

  • Q. What are the classes of service which are offered on the Lyria train ?

  • Q. Which French cities are served by the TGV trains ?

  • Q. Must I book a reservation for the TGV train ?

  • Q. What is the main difference between First class and Second class on the TGV (French high speed trains) ?

  • Q. How do I obtain Lyria tickets ?

  • Q. Will French National Strike affect my travel ?

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