TGV: HIGH-SPEED RAIL TRAVEL, FRENCH STYLE
TGV –Train de Grande Vitesse is the highspeed network for travel around France to Brussels, Italy or Barcelona at 320 km/h!
These high-speed trains arrive in the very heart of town serving more than 230 destinations in 15 countries across France and Europe.
Book your TGV tickets directly via BonjourLaFrance: Get your tickets by email, simply print them out, or find them in the app on your smartphone or tablet, and your France Adventure has already started! Seat reservations are included in the ticket price. If you have a heavy bag there’s no weight limit for luggage on the train.
While on board, you can have a drink or a snack, finalize details for an upcoming meeting or make a phone call… Power outlet are at your seat so you can charge your phone or watch a movie while you travel.
Travel and save time
No loss of time with check in and wasted time in a queue. Just board the train before the scheduled departure, make yourself at home in your reserved seat.
Travel right to the city centre
Arrive right downtown. You’re immediately at your business appointment or ready to enjoy your vacation right away! Say goodbye to transfers.
- When to Book your Reservation
You can generally book a TGV ticket up to 90 days before departure. The cheapest fares are those booked as early as possible for travel at less frequented times: Mondays through Thursday and Saturday.
- 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 class comfort
Aboard TGV with a 1st class ticket, you enter a world of benefits: adjustable comfortable seats, power sockets at your seat to charge your mobile phone and tablet, and private individual seating for a relaxing ride.
2nd class TGV always focuses on travellers first, and that means amenities for families too. You’ll find a warm atmosphere, plush seats, well-lit carriages, and expert information and customer services par excellence.
On top of all the regular amenities , on the TGV in 2nd class you'll find the 'Carré' a separate space for families of 4 with facing seats and plenty of room to play.
There's also a nursery and changing area and the catering staff will be happy to warm the baby bottle or food.
- Mobility access
In 1st class on TGV for passengers with reduced mobility there are one or more locations for wheelchairs. You can travel in comfort with your wheelchair. They are positioned alongside spacious toilets specially equipped for wheelchair passengers.
Check for one of these locations when you make your booking.
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
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
For your pet along, book his ticket when you book your own. You're allowed up to two pets or two containers per person on all SNCF trains except Eurostar.
If your pet weighs less than 6 kg:
> She must travel in a bag or basket no larger than 45 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm
> Her fare is about €7 on TGV trains
If your dog or other pet weighs more than 6 kg:
> Your dog must wear a muzzle during the entire journey
> Her fare is 50% of the full 2nd class fare (even if you travel in 1st class) on TGV, Intercités and TER trains
> Pet-specific fares are available on other types of train
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