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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 $88
Brussels Nice 08:16 $231
Avignon Paris 02:41 $41
Paris Lyon 01:56 $41
Paris Cdg Airport Nice 06:35 $171
Zurich Frankfurt 04:17 $39
Paris Marseille 03:05 $41
Avignon Nice 02:56 $32
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 $132
Lyon Nice 04:27 $41
Bordeaux Paris 03:15 $32
Nice Marseille 02:32 $42
Brussels Avignon 04:34 $145
Lyon Brussels 03:20 $80
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 $49
Paris Toulouse 05:25 $65
Paris Cdg Airport Lyon 01:59 $41
Brussels Marseille 05:06 $145
Paris Montpellier 03:19 $41
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 $49
Zurich Basel 00:53 $39
Paris Monaco 06:03 $88
Lyon Avignon 01:00 $24
Marseille Avignon 00:27 $24
Bordeaux Paris Cdg Airport 04:10 $60

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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

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

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

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  • "good trip"    
    my trip out was a good one - comfortable seats, space to store large luggage and relatively fast.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "exciting journey"    
    It was an exciting trip, especially my dauther likes it. We live in the North of Norway and we are so tired of planes...We wil travel again like this NeXT year.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very good "    
    Comfort, too  
  • "Like this trip"    
    We liked that trip on the train. Comfortable seat, fast boarding and trip. The coach was clean and in good condition.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to Reims"    
    Train travel in France is very predictable. Trains are extremely punctual. You can totally count on the timing. Seats are comfortable and accessible. It is a very good value.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Experience"    
    The rail system was great. Convenient, relaxing and fast!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Enjoyable first trip on TGV!"    
    We were satisfied with our train ride to Poitiers. The only complaint I would have is with the luggage compartment as it was SO cramped. Too many bags not enough space!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very good.Convenience"    
    This is my second trip to Lourdes by train .its great and I will recommend it to any one.  
  • "Great return trip to Paris"    
    Our trip on TGV from Nimes to Paris was great — we actually arrved a few minutes early. On the train, we were able to relax and refelct on our wonderful visit to southern France. We cannot wait to return and will likely inorporate TGV into our travel plans again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TGV Travel"    
    I needed a train to get me to my relations in Besancon at a decent enough time of day. The choice of timings was very good, either on a direct journey or a 'one change' journey. One thing I like with TGV travel is that your seat is reserved for you automatically. I happened to choose a train with two-level carriages. This meant that although the 'downstairs' was full, the upstairs was relatively unoccupied. As usual the train departed very punctually and arrived bang on it's scheduled arrival time. Another very good experience.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Quick, comfortable "    
    Took TGV from Lyon to Paris. It was super quick n comfortable. The seats are wide and spacious. I found lack of a charging port and the fact that seats weren't as clean a bit of a downer    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nice and cosy"    
    The trip was OK in every way. However the price of tickets seems extravagant, given the length and duration of the trip. But probably this is unavaidable in the time of crisis.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train travel CDG to St Pierre "    
    The experience is a bit frustrating. The web site did not make clear the departure location. I thought I was leaving from the airport but booked the wrong point. The waiting area was uncomfortable, cold, and pay restrooms. The signage does not explain much so I had to ask. It is very hard to determine when and where the trains leave from. Once on the train I could not hear the speakers well and again very hard to determine when and where it is arriving. In China the trains have scrolling displays that give all the information. Price was high compared to other countries. The train was smooth and quiet compared to other high speed trains I have ridden.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Basel to Zurich"    
    Had to change at Zurich city to get to the airport which wasn't that convenient    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very convenient"    
    Best way from CDG to Strasbourg.    Value for money  Convenience
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