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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, 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 HK$472
Nice Brussels 08:16 HK$1,240
Paris Avignon 02:36 HK$218
Nice Paris Cdg Airport 06:36 HK$987
Lyon Paris 02:00 HK$218
Zurich Frankfurt 04:17 HK$210
Marseille Paris 03:08 HK$218
Nice Avignon 02:54 HK$175
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 HK$707
Nice Lyon 04:27 HK$262
Bordeaux Paris 03:15 HK$175
Avignon Brussels 04:32 HK$777
Nice Marseille 02:32 HK$227
Brussels Lyon 03:20 HK$428
Paris Cdg Airport Avignon 03:09 HK$349
Paris Toulouse 05:25 HK$349
Lyon Paris Cdg Airport 02:01 HK$262
Marseille Brussels 05:08 HK$777
Montpellier Paris 03:21 HK$218
Marseille Paris Cdg Airport 03:47 HK$262
Monaco Paris 06:08 HK$996
Basel Zurich 00:53 HK$210
Avignon Lyon 01:02 HK$131
Marseille Avignon 00:27 HK$131
Bordeaux Paris Cdg Airport 04:10 HK$323

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.


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.


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….


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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • "Easy comfortable trip"    
    We took the train from Paris to Grenoble and it was very simple to get there and get back. It was a direct train and very comfortable. Booking was easy and I was able to do e-tickets. I would do it again....    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Lille to Paris CDG"    
    Perfect hassle free trip. Absolute comfort and value for money. Great journey.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great trip but could be better"    
    The train trip itself is great. You get to see a lot of the french countryside etc. It is stunning. The food on the train is surprisingly good. The only downfalls are: long lines for food (my wife got travel sick just waiting in line), and lack of storage space for bags. Other than these small inconveniences it was a great trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good trip"    
    There were no hassles as such. We felt that the price of the tickets were high.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Christmas Market 2016"    
    We had an enjoyable journey. The train was clean. The seats were comfortable and we even received a Christmas ornament from Santa Claus!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Day Excursion to Reims"    
    I really have no complaints about my journey which was quick, convenient and successful.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "French Trains"    
    Seats booked in advance and no problems in this case. Seating was adequate and there were acceptable eating/drinking arrangements. Train left on time and arrived on time. No problems with tickets - not forgetting to validate tickets at the Paris Gare de Lyon station!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable Ride to Paris"    
    The ride to Paris was quick and very comfortable in the first class cabin. Because of the time of year, the price of the ticket was pretty high. However, any other time of year would make the cost much better and more worth it.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "thank you your service"    
    ُExcellent Trip,We will always be together for better service. Always for the better. Khaled Abdul Nasser Koubar    Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    As usual the train journey was excellent.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    We took the wrong train at the wrong station. But the captain still find a avalible seat for us. We really appreaciate that.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Strasbourgh to CDG via TGV"    
    Effortless travel to the airport; hoping there will be more trains available later in the morning in the future. Recommend that RailEurope notify the passengers at time of booking that their sits may be sitting in the opposite travel direction. Otherwise, a great way to get to the airport to avoid stopping in PARIS first and avoiding the 0ne hour taxi ride from the 6th to CDG, no matter what hour you plan to leave.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Christmas markets trip"    
    The journey from Paris to Strasbourg was uneventful. Comfortable and fast! Thoroughly enjoyable!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nice journey"    
    It took some time to make the actual booking but then everything was excellent. Nice breakfast even if the machine for credit cards didn't work.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "1st TIME on TGV Railway"    
    I traveled 1st time on SPEED Train at Europe , which is symbol of advanced Technology. The ride from PARIS CDG to LAVAL was 2 Hrs 20 Mins . We travelled First class  
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