TGV high-speed train

The TGV is a high-speed train that operates all over France and beyond. Travel from romantic Paris to the shores of the Mediterranean or the vineyards of the Loire Valley. Visit cities such as Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille or catch a movie in world-famous Cannes.

The international TGV services connect France with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy and Spain. There’s also a service between France and Switzerland, operated by TGV Lyria.

TGV routes
Facilities and Services


TGV high-speed train, France...

TGV high-speed train, France

1st class interior TGV high-speed train, France

1st class interior TGV high-speed train, France

En voyage France

En voyage France

Backpacker walking to TGV high-speed train, Figueres, Spain

TGV at train station of Spanish border station Figueres

Interior TGV high-speed train 1st class, France

Interior TGV high-speed train 1st class, France

Man standing in door of TGV train, Basel, Switzerland

Man standing in door of TGV train, Basel, Switzerland

TGV high-speed train routes


The domestic TGV routes can get you to every corner of France. In the north, there are international connections to Brussels in Belgium and Luxembourg. In the east, the TGV can take you to the German cities Frankfurt and Munich. If you travel south, you can take a direct train to Milan in Italy or Barcelona in Spain.

TGV map with routes 2016
These are the main domestic and international high-speed routes the TGV operates on:
  • Paris - Lille
  • Paris - Calais
  • Paris - Reims
  • Paris - Metz
  • Paris - Strasbourg
  • Paris - Dijon
  • Paris - Grenoble
  • Paris - Lyon
  • Paris - Avignon
  • Paris - Perpignan
  • Paris - Nice
  • Paris - Bordeaux
  • Paris - Biarritz
  • Paris - Lourdes
  • Paris - Toulouse
  • Paris - Nantes



Reservation: mandatory

When a reservation is mandatory you must reserve a seat in advance. It's not possible to board the train without this reservation.

Reservations on the TGV high-speed trains are mandatory. We recommend you make your reservations as far in advance as possible.

Please note that international TGV trains offer a limited number of seats for Eurail pass holders. Once these seats are taken you will need to purchase a full-fare ticket. We advise you to reserve the trains as far in advance as possible. You can start making reservations up to 3 months in advance.

How to make reservations for the TGV

You can reserve your seat on the TGV in the following ways:

Reservation fees

Train type 1st class 2nd class Reservation type
TGV on domestic routes 9 euros - 18 euros 9 euros - 18 euros Mandatory

TGV (France, Belgium)
Route: Brussels to France

30 euros 20 euros Mandatory
TGV (France, Germany)
Route: Paris - Karlsruhe/Stuttgart/Munich
30 euros 13 euros Mandatory
TGV (France, Italy)
Route: Paris - Milan
80 euros 60 euros Mandatory

TGV Lyria (France, Switzerland)
Route: Paris - Zurich/Bern/Lausanne/Geneva

Route: Geneva - Côte d'Azur/Montpellier/Marseille

From 52 euros

From 23 euros

From 25 euros

From 16 euros



TGV (France, Luxembourg)
Route: Paris - Luxembourg City
6 euros 6 euros Mandatory

Added value to your trip

The TGV is an exceptionally comfortable train, offering cushy seats, power sockets, and a large food service. This is why reservation fees for the TGV are higher than average.

Facilities and services

  • Air conditioning

  • Bar

  • Children's play area

  • Disabled facilities

  • Newspapers/magazines

  • Power sockets

  • Restaurant/bistro

Facilities may differ per train and route.

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