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  • Paris - Nice: 05:36
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  • Book up to 90 days in advance
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  • 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

Nice Paris 05:39 HK$395
Brussels Nice 08:16 HK$1,306
Paris Avignon 02:36 HK$230
Paris Cdg Airport Nice 06:35 HK$965
Lyon Paris 02:00 HK$230
Frankfurt Zurich 04:22 HK$221
Paris Marseille 03:05 HK$230
Nice Avignon 02:54 HK$184
Paris Cdg Airport Brussels 01:13 HK$745
Nice Lyon 04:27 HK$276
Paris Bordeaux 03:14 HK$184
Brussels Avignon 04:34 HK$818
Nice Marseille 02:32 HK$239
Lyon Brussels 03:20 HK$451
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 HK$276
Brussels Marseille 05:06 HK$818
Lyon Paris Cdg Airport 02:01 HK$276
Paris Toulouse 05:25 HK$368
Paris Montpellier 03:19 HK$230
Paris Cdg Airport Marseille 03:45 HK$368
Paris Monaco 06:03 HK$496
Avignon Lyon 01:02 HK$138
Basel Zurich 00:53 HK$221
Avignon Marseille 00:29 HK$129
Bordeaux Paris Cdg Airport 04:10 HK$340

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 you board

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my TGV tickets?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • "to Colmar"    
    very pleasant and easy    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Hassle free"    
    My wife and I had no problems considering I was nursing a fractured ankle. The station staff were very helpful and the train roomy and comfortable. Good value for money now I need to get back to France with both legs operational!!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "No 1st class seats"    
    As soon as you leave the Swiss side of the train station, the difference in comfort level is very apparent, both in the station and on the train. We traveled on a 1st class ticket, but the train has no 1st class seats. The train is not very clean either.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Hassle-free travelling"    
    Rail Europe provides a hassle-free travelling experience. We enjoyed the comfort and the timeliness!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Another Great Experience!"    
    This was my first trip to France - and to Europe. I don't know about the rest of Europe, but France is a master of public transportation. From the Metro system of Paris to the cross-country rail lines of the TVG, I am awed by the level of service provided by France's public transportation. It is convenient, accessible, efficient, and a great value. This trip was no exception - and for long-distance travel, I found it to be also very comfortable. Definitely more comfortable than the alternatives of automobiles and planes!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Smooth Ride"    
    I made it to the train just in the nick of time. There was plenty of storage space near the doors for my luggage and my seat in first class was super comfortable. The café car had everything you'd need. The ride was smooth and fast.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to Paris"    
    good train service although there could have been more luggage storage in the first class cabin.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip Review"    
    Comfortable ride! Boarding was confusing as a first time user with 4 trains on the same siding and same departure time. Wi Fi availability would have been nice.  
  • "No WiFi"    
    We were not able to use wifi which was very disappointing. We didn't want to carry reading materials with us and assumed we could use our phones (as on a recent Thalys train). Had also planned to surf the web regarding things to do at our destination. This was very frustrating and made the trip feel much much longer.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Why so Expensive?"    
    I booked a week before I was due to depart, and thought that the reason they were so expensive was because of high volume of passengers, however that was not the case. Surely a full train is better than no one in my carriage?    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Short trip in France"    
    We were amazed at the cleanliness of the train vs trains in Italy!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "on time performence and clean "    
    i brought the ticket vie online payment and e-ticket very convenience fpr my trip just put e-ticket with scan machine infront of gage and staff scan for return trip. i will recommend this service to my friends.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to Marseille"    
    The train ride was good, the train was comfortable and clean. There culd have been more space for luggage .  
  • "Excellent way to travel"    
    Service was on time, confortable trains, easy to locate seats and coaches.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train from Paris to Lourdes"    
    The train departure was on time and it was a very nice ride to Lourdes. The TGV had a nice restaurant on board. Clean seats and on time arrival in Lourdes completed a wonderful train experience.    Value for money  Convenience
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