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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 $86
Nice Brussels 08:16 $226
Paris Avignon 02:36 $40
Paris Lyon 01:56 $40
Nice Paris Cdg Airport 06:36 $180
Zurich Frankfurt 04:17 $38
Marseille Paris 03:08 $40
Nice Avignon 02:54 $32
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 $129
Lyon Nice 04:27 $40
Bordeaux Paris 03:15 $32
Avignon Brussels 04:32 $142
Nice Marseille 02:32 $41
Brussels Lyon 03:20 $78
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 $48
Marseille Brussels 05:08 $142
Paris Toulouse 05:25 $64
Lyon Paris Cdg Airport 02:01 $48
Montpellier Paris 03:21 $40
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 $48
Monaco Paris 06:08 $182
Basel Zurich 00:53 $38
Avignon Lyon 01:02 $24
Marseille Avignon 00:27 $24
Bordeaux Paris Cdg Airport 04:10 $59

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 boarding

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

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

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the TGV (All high speed trains in France)?

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

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

  • 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. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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

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

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  • "Great Trip great service"    
    comfortable, reliable service    Value for money  Convenience
  • "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.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "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!!!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "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    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent service!"    
    Fast, convenient, on-time    Value for money  Convenience
  • "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.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "wonderful"    
    it was wonderful experience.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good Trip to Destination"    
    Fast, Timely and enjoyable means to the destination    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Montparnasse to Bordeaux"    
    Everything was Ok. Price not cheap.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris - Brest"    
    It was an excellent trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "very good"    
    It was very very comfort. seat system very good Price very good only one issue may i feel, no vegetable foods in the train  
  • "A great choice"    
    It's been many years since I've travelled Europe by rail and if my trip from Montpellier to Paris is an example, ithere has been great improvement in those intervening years, On time. Clean. Surprisingly quiet. With beautiful scenery. Ala in all, great value for money and I will definitely rail it again.  
  • "Tnanks to RAIL EUROPE ,"    
    Its a great trip with RAILEUROPE.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "all "    
    excellent    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable Journey"    
    I did not have any problems with this trip. Train departed and arrived on time. One suggestion from a non-French speaking passenger, I think it will be better if the announcement on board is both in French and English.    Value for money  Convenience
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