TGV high-speed train

TGV high-speed train crossing fields in France

Domestic TGV trains operate all over France and international TGVs connect France to many neighboring countries. Travel with domestic TGV and you can explore Brittany or the vineyards of the Loire Valley. Why not search for romance in Paris or catch a movie in Cannes. You can go on a pilgrimage in Lourdes, relax on the Mediterranean beaches or visit the popular port city of Marseilles. There is something to suit everyone’s holiday plans and best of all many of the main tourist regions of France are accessible directly by train from Charles de Gaulle airport.

TGV routes
How to make a reservation
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


As well as the many domestic routes (listed below) the international TGV has several connections to its neighboring countries. The TGV north line has brought Northern France and Europe closer. The TGV in Eastern France connects Paris with Strasbourg (2hr 20min), Basel (3hr) and Zürich (4hr 30min). The south eastern international route links Paris to Geneva, Lausanne and the Swiss Alps via Lyon and the south of France (Avignon, Marseille and Nice). There is a TGV train (formerly known as the Artesia de Jour) with 4 daily return connections between Lyon and Paris in France and Milan in Italy.

Map with TGV routes
Western and South-Western France The TGV Atlantique carries over 40,000 passengers a day. It not only links Paris to the West of France, Brittany and the coast, but also to the south west. It takes one hour from Paris to the Loire Valley and its famous Châteaux (Paris-Tours: 1 hour), and 3 hours to the famous Bordeaux wine country. These are the main domestic and International high-speed routes the TGV operates on:
  • Paris - Lille
  • Paris - Calais
  • Paris - Rang-du-Fliers
  • Paris - Dunkerque
  • Paris - Valenciennes
  • Paris - Reims
  • Paris - Charleville-Mézières
  • Paris - Metz
  • Paris - Strasbourg
  • Paris - Dijon
  • Paris - Besançon
  • Paris - Grenoble
  • Paris - Lyons
  • Paris - Avignon
  • Paris - Narbonne
  • Paris - Perpignan
  • Paris - Nice
  • Paris - Bordeaux
  • Paris - Biarritz
  • Paris - Lourdes
  • Paris - Toulouse
  • Paris - Nantes
  • Lille - Toulouse
  • Lille - Bordeaux
  • Dijon - Bordeaux

    via Gare de Lyon

  • Toulouse - Marseille
  • Lille - Mulhouse
  • Paris - Nancy-Ville
  • Paris - Barcelona
  • Marseille - Madrid



You can make reservations for TGV trains up to 3 months in advance of travel. Please note that the number of seats available for Eurail pass holders is limited. Once the allocation is taken, you will need to purchase a full-fare ticket. We advise you to reserve these trains as far in advance as possible. You can make reservations at the ticket desk or self-service machine, at local train stations or by phone through one of the railway call centers.


How to make reservation


Reservations can be made by contacting the call center of German railway service Deutsche Bahn. (+44 871880 8066)

Domestic and international TGV reservations

Reservation : Mandatory

Domestic Routes

  • 1st class: €9

  • 2nd class: €9

There is a limited seat allocation for Eurail pass holders at a €9 fee. When this allocation is full, pass holders must buy a full fare ticket. These fares are only valid for domestic routes within France.


International Routes

TGV (France, Belgium)
Route: Brussels to France

  • 1st class: €9

  • 2nd class: €9

TGV (France, Germany)
Route: Paris – Karlsruhe/Stuttgart/Munich 

  • 1st class: €30 (includes meal and drink)

  • 2nd class: €13 

TGV (France, Spain)
Route: Paris - Barcelona/Figueres Vilafant; Marseille - Madrid; Barcelona - Toulouse/Lyon

  • 1st class: €15 - €33

  • 2nd class: €11 - € 26

Your pass needs to be valid in both France and Spain.

TGV (France, Italy)
Route: Paris - Milan

  • 1st class: €48 - €80

  • 2nd class: €33 - €60 

Tickets for the TGV route between Milan and Paris can't be bought at Italian train stations. There is a Rail Europe office within a 15 minute walk of Milan Central station (Milano Centrale). Here you can book the TGV from Milan to Paris or get help finding alternative routes.
Address: Via Viturvio 1. 20214 Milano
Phone number: +39 +39 0240 32 35


TGV Lyria (France - Switzerland)
Route: Paris – Zurich/Bern/Lausanne/Genève

  • 1st class: starting at €25

  • 2nd class: €9 


TGV Paris-Luxembourg (France, Luxembourg)
Route: Paris – Luxembourg City

  • 1st class: €3

  • 2nd class: €3

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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