TGV, high speed trains, connecting 1,400 destinations in France.

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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.

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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. Learn more

Practical information

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.

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.
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…. Learn more

A class apart


Classes of service

Classes and facilities offered by TGV
First class Second 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.

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From our travel community

No tgv from gare de lyon-perrache to paris? Dear Sir/Madam, I am searching a TGV on June 13 from Gare de Lyon-Perrache to Paris Gare de Lyon. However, I can only find TGVs from Lyon Part-Dieu to Paris Gare de Lyon on that day. Is there no TGV from Gare de Lyon-Perrache to Paris Gare de (...)

Shih J. | 2018/03/18 answered | 3 Comments
Eurail select pass - reservation charges Hi, Two of us (age 53 & 56) believe Eurail Select Pass 3 countries(Benelux/France/Spain) should be the better option but will like to check how much we need to pay for those mandatory reservation assuming we pick the highest speed, least (...)

Mong T. | 2017/11/13 answered | 1 Comments
Munich - paris - barcelona Hi team, We will be traveling to Munich - Paris - Barcelona in December. Can you please advise the best transport for this? Also, if we get the 3 countries train tickets, how do we use it? do we book the seats online and simply show up at the (...)

Frankie M. | 2017/10/20 answered | 0 Comments
Turin to bourg st maurice 23 decmeber 2018 [ol][li]I am trying to book a train from Turin, Italy to Bourg St Maurice France for travel on 23 December and I get a response that Rail Europe cannot do the booking[/li][/ol] The journey on the SNCF site shows TGV Turin to CHambery and then (...)

Marjorie D. | 2017/09/30 answered | 0 Comments
Bags Dear All, we are 2 adult and 3 child ,we are planing to book a first class from Cannes to pairs , we have more than 8 bags (large size ) is there any service to accepting to carry my bags on the train with additional amount ? regards , maged al (...)

maged a. | 2017/07/24 answered | 1 Comments

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Reviews & ratings

  • Value for money
    Locating Train was difficult | Michael o. | 2017/07/05
    "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 | Kenneth r. | 2017/02/22
    "comfortable, reliable service "

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    Enjoy the landscape | Naomi m. | 2017/02/21
    "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 | Sutat c. | 2017/02/18
    "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  | Ashraf k. | 2017/02/17
    "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! | Arnan b. | 2017/02/11
    "Fast, convenient, on-time "

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    Comfort at Speed | Rajesh p. | 2017/02/08
    "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 | Nishi s. | 2017/02/07
    "it was wonderful experience. "

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    Good Trip to Destination | Dar c. | 2017/02/06
    "Fast, Timely and enjoyable means to the destination "

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    Montparnasse to Bordeaux | Kiok Lam c. | 2017/02/06
    "Everything was Ok. Price not cheap. "

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