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
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



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 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 9 euros Mandatory

TGV (France, Belgium)
Route: Brussels to France

From 9 euros From 9 euros Mandatory
TGV (France, Germany)
Route: Paris - Karlsruhe/Stuttgart/Munich
30 euros (meal and drink included) 13 euros Mandatory
TGV (France, Spain)
Route: Paris - Barcelona/Figueres Vilafant and Marseille - Madrid
Fare depends upon route Fare depends upon route Mandatory
This train can't be booked by our reservation service. Your pass only needs to cover France or Spain.
TGV (France, Italy)
Route: Paris - Milan
48 - 80 euros 33 - 60 euros Mandatory
TGV Lyria (France, Switzerland)
Route: Paris - Zurich/Bern/Lausanne/Geneva
From 27 euros 10 euros Mandatory
This train can't be booked by our reservation service.
TGV (France, Luxembourg)
Route: Paris - Luxembourg City
6 euros 6 euros Mandatory

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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