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TGV - General information

General
High speed services (up to 320 km/h) to many destinations in France and abroad. First and second class available on all services, reservation required. Most services offer a bar coach with hot and cold drinks and simple dishes to take to your seat. Bikes are taken on a very limited number of services (with compulsory reservation), on all other services bikes have to be packed in a package not larger then 120 by 90 cm.

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Wifi available upon payment for all passengers on TGV-trains from Paris to the eastern part of France.
  • Power sockets at seats on some TGV-services 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Wifi available upon payment for all passengers on TGV-trains from Paris to the eastern part of France.
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale

Catering
For all passengers there is a Bistro-coach available on each TGV-service selling drinks, warm and cold dishes and snacks. 

Wifi
Free Wifi available for all passengers on TGV-trains from Paris to the eastern part of France.

Power sockets  
Available at all seats in first class and seats in second class on a few services.

Children
Children up to 3 years travel for free when they don't need an own seat. There are special discounted fares for children from 4 up to 11 years. 

Dogs
Small dogs travelling in a bag or bench are taken for free. Larger dogs pay the special "Dog"-fare. Dogs must be kept on a leash and be muzzled all times. Guidance dogs are taken for free.

Luggage
Officially there is a luggage limit of two large suitcases plus a small bag per passenger, but in practice this isn't enforced.  There are luggage racks for big suitcases and backpacks near the entrance doors, for smaller bags there is space in the overhead luggage racks and under your seat. You've to label your bags, labels are available at all stations. 

Boarding 
At the train stations of Paris and Brussels there is a check-in with ticket check and x-ray of your luggage, it's advisable to be at the train station 20 minutes before departure. At all other stations there is no check-in but doors will be closed 2 minutes before departure time so be in time at the station.

Discount cards  
Discount Cards like Railplus don't give a discount on TGV-services.

Interrail / Eurail 
Passengers with a valid Interrail or Eurail-pass can use the special Pass-fare on TGV-services.  Pass holders pay €9 to €36, the price depends on the number of seats sold and the day of travel. For TGV-services from France to Barcelona its only needed to have a Pass covering France or Spain plus the Pass-fare.

Groups 
For groups from 6 persons we offer special group fares, see Group travel by train.

Business
The first class offers all the amenities needed for the business traveller to work and relax on board including special departure lounges (for Pro-Business-passangers) and flexible fares.  See also Business travel by train.

At the station
Please note the check-in times at some stations (see boarding). Most TGV-stations offer waiting rooms and shops/restaurants for second class passengers. First class Business-Pro-passengers can use the Grand Voyageur-lounges in Paris and many other French stations.
 

Paris Gare de Lyon - Info

Railway station Paris 

Paris Gare de Lyon is one of the seven major stations in Paris. It is the departure station of the TGV to Lyon, Marseille, Avignon, Montpellier, Zurich, Geneve and Milan. 

Nearby the station are some fine and affordable hotels. Around the station you will find a lot of restaurants and bistro's. In the station you can use the free Wifi. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: 06h15-22h00 
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid, not recommended

To the Eiffel Tower

  • Walking: 1h24
  • Bike: 25 minutes, very cheap free city bike at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 35 minutes, RER C
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To the Louvre

  • Walking: 45 minutes
  • Bike: 18 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 16 minutes, Metro 1
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de Nord 

  • Walking: 55 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 7 minutes, RER D
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare Montparnasse 

  • Walking: 1 hour
  • Bike: 25 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 14 minutes, Metro 6 
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de l'Est  

  • Walking: 50 minutes
  • Bike: 16 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 14 minutes, Metro 4 and RER D
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare d'Austerlitz   

  • Walking: 10 minutes
  • Bike: 5 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 2 minutes, Metro 5
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

 

 

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Hotel OFF Paris Seine****

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Paris Gare Montparnasse - Info

Railway station Paris 

Paris Gare Montparnasse is one of the seven major stations in Paris. It is the departure station of the TGV to Bordeaux, Nantes, Biarritz and Hendaye. 

Nearby the station are some fine and affordable hotels. Around the station you will find a lot of restaurants and bistro's. In the station you can use the free Wifi. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: 07h00-23h00
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid, not recommended

To the Eiffel Tower

  • Walking: 35 minutes
  • Bike: 13 minutes, very cheap free city bike at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 7 minutes, Metro 6
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To the Louvre

  • Walking: 35 minutes
  • Bike: 15 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 20 minutes, Metro 4 
  • Bus: 19 minutes, Bus 95 
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de Lyon 

  • Walking: 58 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 21 minutes, M 4 and 14
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare du Nord

  • Walking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Bike: 30 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 25 minutes, Metro 4 
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de l'Est  

  • Walking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Bike: 25 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 19 minutes, Metro 4
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare d'Austerlitz  

  • Walking: 49 minutes
  • Bike: 16 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 28 minutes, Metro 13 and 10
  • Bus: 28 minutes, Bus 91
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

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Hotel le M****

Very modern hotel, fitness, cocktail bar. 5 minutes from Montparnasse, 1km from Jardin Luxembourg.  
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Hotel Chaplain Paris Rive Gauche****

600m from the station. Very high ratings. Chique hotel in the heart of Paris. 
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Marseille St. Charles - Info

Railway Station Marseille

Marseille St. Charles is the name of the main station in Marseille. TGV-trains run regularly to Paris, Lyon, Avignon and Barcelona. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: yes, manned, 08h15-21h00
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid

To the city centre and the harbor

  • Walking: 20 minutes
  • Bike: yes, Le Velo 
  • Tram: - 
  • Subway: 2 stops
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

 

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Newhotel Vieux Port***

10 minutes by foot from Marseille St Charles, near the harbor and the centre. Classic French hotel.
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Hotel Terminus Saint Charles***

Located in opposite of the train station. Simple and comfortable. 10-minutes' walk from the harbor.  
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Hotel Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port****

Modern and fine hotel, located 10 minutes from the station and 5 minutes from the harbor. 
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Bordeaux St Jean - Info

Railway Station Bordeaux

Bordeaux St Jean is the name of the main train station in Bordeaux. There is Wifi connection on the station and a tourist office. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: yes, manned, 08h00-20h00
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid

To the city centre 

  • Walking: 15 minutes
  • Bike: no
  • Tram: 11 minutes, Tram C
  • Subway: -
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

 

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Mercure Centre Gare St Jean***

Fine, modern hotel 400m from the train station and 3 tram stops from the city centre.
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Hotel Campanile Bordeaux Centre St Jean ***

100m from the train station. Comfortable and simple. Affordable. 10-minutes' walk from the city centre.   
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Aquitain Hotel Gare St Jean**

Building from the 19th century, 180m from the train station. Affordable, high ratings.  
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Nice Ville - Info

Railway Station Nice

Nice Ville is the name of the main station in Nice. The station is located in the heart of the city. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: no
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid

To the city centre 

  • Walking: 10 minutes to the centre, 15 minutes to the beach
  • Bike: -
  • Tram: -
  • Subway: -
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

 

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Hotel Vendome***

19th century building, charm and comfort. 900 meters from the train station, 10-minutes' walk from the beaches.   
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Hotel du Midi***

Excellent location near the station, centre and beaches. High ratings. Affordable.   
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