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What about an outing to Switzerland — only 3 hours from Paris by TGV Lyria? Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Berne, Zurich or Basel… all easyily accessible. TGV Lyria offers exceptional benefits: Travelling for business? All stations are located in righ downtown. Board your train just 2 minutes before departure and you’re on your way. On-board services are available to help you relax or work.
TGV Lyria routes offer:
Speedy journeys: Paris-Geneva 2h58; Paris-Lausanne 3h34; Paris-Zürich 4h03 and Geneva-Marseille 3h32
The TGV Lyria des Neiges (snow) service, extends the Paris-Lausanne line to Brig for wonderful access to ski and winter resorts in Switzerland’s Valais and Leman regions during the winter months.
- When to Book your Reservation
You can generally book a regional ticket up to 90 days before departure. The cheapest fares are those booked as early as possible for travel at less frequented times.
- How to Book your Reservation
For non French residents the easiest way to book France and European Rail is via the official secure websites established for this purpose. All the 'Buy Now' links to purchase rail tickets on BonjourLaFrance will direct you to the specific site for you country.
This has a number of advantages. Firstly, purchasing on such a site protects you from fraud and secondly these sites all have customer services in your language for your peace of mind. These services are accessible via the 'help' (or similar) links you'll find on the respective sites.
- Where to Book your Reservation
Click your country link 90 days before you travel for the most savings and peace of mind. To book a train pick your country of reference below. Buy all your Tickets online. CLICK on the link for your home country to see information in your language and check Real Time Schedules, Prices and Travel Times and make A SECURE PURCHASE.
France and European City to City Train Tickets:
Train travel offers you downtown to downtown comfortable and efficient rail service. No hassle with early arrivals, delays, and luggage security checks. You can take unlimited weight and reasonably bulky items on board. European rail is the way to travel and really see the French countryside. USA > UK > Argentina > Australia > Belgium-Fr > Belgium-Nl > Brazil > Canada > France > France Promotions > France Groups 10-30 people > GCC Countries > Germany > Hong Kong > India > Israel > Italy > Japan-Jp > Mexico, Central America, Caribbean > Netherlands > New Zealand > Singapore > South Africa > Spain > Switzerland-Fr > Switzerland-De > Rest of the world (English) > Rest of the world (Español) > 中国 > 香港 > 日本 > 한국 > 新加坡
If you are traveling by train on 5 different days or more in one or a few European countries then buying a European Rail Pass could be to your budgetary advantage compared to ‘point-to-point' tickets. Click below to see Rail Pass options. For European citizens use the point-to-point links above, the Rail Pass access is on the same page. USA > Argentina > Australia > Brazil > Canada > GCC Countries > Hong Kong > India > Israel > Japan-Jp > Mexico, Central America, Caribbean > New Zealand > Singapore > South Africa > Rest of the world (English) > Rest of the world (Español) > 中国 > 香港 > 日本 > 한국 > 新加坡
- Service Classes
TGV trains are designed for your well-being and comfort with onboard conveniences, personalized services, and include a variety of pleasing, welcoming spaces designed for your travel comfort.
SNCF trains that require reservations have two options:
> 1st class: You can choose a single seat, two seats side by side, or a group of four seats
> 2nd class: You can choose side-by-side or facing seats
In some cases, you can also choose to sit in forward- or rear-facing seats, as well as on the upper or lower level of the train.
Other amenities include: ergonomic adjustable seats in both 1st and 2nd class, reading lights, recharging outlets for electronic devices at every 1st class seat and many 2nd class seats. There are folding trays for your computer or a meal. There's plenty of luggage space and food services.
- Mobility access
France Train stations are open day and night as long as there are departures and arrivals. They do close at night when there is no train traffic, even in the major Paris stations. You cannot spend the night in a train station waiting for an early morning departure.
To access your train, look for the Information Boards, generally electronic nowadays, in the station. There are separate Boards for Departures and Arrivals. They are arranged in chronological order and will have information if there is a delay. For Departures look for your platform ('quai' in French) from which your train departs. To get to a platform you might have to take a passageway UNDER the tracks, this will be indicated.
When travelling from A to B, you might have to change train and the timetable could indicate you only have 7 or 10 minutes to do so. This is easy to do. Just gather your belonging and wait beside the door to be the first off the train and then look for an information board to find your new train and its platform. I suggest you ask one of the train agents for information before you board your first train or on the train when they check your ticket. Often, they can tell you the new platform.
You can travel with your pets, bike or lots of luggage. It's a delight!
Whether you have a single carry-on or several suitcases, your luggage is easily handled both in the staion and on board.
On board: TGV has luggage areas for your bags next to your seat, overhead and at each end of your car for bigger bags. You should label them with your name and address.
Porters: Because of 'baggage with wheels' they’re not too available anymore. However at Paris Gare de Lyon station tjeu cam help carry your luggage. You'll identify these porters by their “Service en gare” badge. This service is free of charge.
Trolleys: Luggage trolleys can be found at key points near stations and platforms. They are free to use but you might need a 1 Euro coin to access them... returned when you're finished.
- Lost & Found
RECEPTION AND STORAGE OF LOST PROPERTY
Lost property in stations and trains is kept for one month in the lost property office of the station in which the item was retrieved or the destination station for objects forgotten in the train.
Perishable or dangerous substances are immediately destroyed.
COLLECTING DECLARATIONS OF LOSSES
The lost property offices are authorized to receive declarations of losses.
Now, you can draw up a declaration of loss online.
SEARCH FOR MATCHES
A national database of objects found in trains and stations compares in real time the objects registered by the SNCF personnel in the station and the objects declared as lost by customers.
The searches continue for at most one month from the date of declaration of loss.
LOST PROPERTY: CONTACT THE CUSTOMER
If your object is found, you are informed of this by email or by phone.
You can then retrieve it in the station where it was delivered or receive it at home if you wish.
Your object will be returned to you upon presentation of identification and in return for the payment of a retrieval tax of 5€ or 10€ depending on the value of the object. This tax contributes to the administrative costs of the Lost Property service. Shipping expenses will also be charged if it is sent to your home.
WHAT BECOMES OF LOST PROPERTY THAT IS NOT RETRIEVED?
If the object is not returned to the owner within a period of 1 month, it will be handed over to the Administration des Domaines (government department which manages state-owned land and property), disposed of to a charitable organization or destroyed.
- Food, Snacks & Drinks
When travelling 1st class with TGV Lyria your ticket includes the scrumptious in-seat dining service.
You will enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the comfort of your own seat.
YOUR TGV CAFÉ-BAR
All TGV trains have a café-bar designed to be a relaxed, friendly space just right for having coffee. Excellent for a chat with colleagues or friends or for enjoying a hot meal whle catching up on news. TGV menus are innovated regularly to present you with fresh seasonal foods and exciting taste sensations.
You'll find delicious dishes featuring creamy chicken stew, cheese raviolini, rice pudding, tangerine bread, and old-fashioned chocolate mousse and many other delights.
Not to forget our Monop’daily products, Michel et Augustin biscuits and Illy coffees for the pleasure of your palate.
The café-bar has options from a couple to ten+ Euros, and you can save 15% on specially selected menus using your current SNCF railcard: Enfant+, Jeune, Week-end or Senior+.
You'll easily find the café-bar in your TGV: Car 4 or 14.
FOOD & BEVERAGE CART
Whether it's still or sparkling water, a soda, coffee or tea or a biscuit a slice of cake or a sandwich the choice is yours—the on-board food and beverage cart will serve you directly at your seat.
- Pets onboard
Small dogs up to 30 cm high at the top of their shoulder blades can accompany passengers free of charge as carriage hand luggage provided they are in a carrier, basket or other suitable container. Bigger dogs travelling in passenger carriages or luggage vans must always pay second-class half fare or the stipulated minimum fare if there is one.
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