TGV France

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TGV - Info

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. 

France by train - Train tickets & info

Tips and tricks to book cheap train tickets France

  • Book as early as possible, tickets are available three months in advance (tickets for the summer can be booked from February) Train tickets can be three times as cheap if they are booked in advance

  • If possible, avoid trains during rush hour and TGV's used by Parisians for "weekend breaks" to travel to the country side

  • If tickets are sold out or very expensive, you could try to buy tickets to a destination nearby and from there to your final destination

  • Sometimes regionals trains are much cheaper than TGV-trains, but often the travel time is much longer

  • Travel on very early trains or late in the evening is often the cheapest option, except for some busy routes, like Paris to London

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Rail Map - France

Rail Map - France