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TGV in French the Train à Grande Vitesse, which means High Speed Train is operated by the French national rail operator. In 2011 the TGV set the record for the fastest train in the world, reaching a speed of 320 km/h. The TGV is the best way to travel and certainly the fastest to reach more than destinations in France.
The TGV is such a success that France’s neighboring countries have started to develop their own high speed network. The TGV carries over a 100 million passengers every year. The TGV network has carried its two-billionth passenger in 2010. Indeed the TGV stands as out as the flagship product of France, an icon!
TGV trains link 150 train stations of major cities and towns in France. Below are examples of popular journeys and their travel duration
|Paris – Reims||0h45|
|Paris – Nantes||2h01|
|Paris – Strasbourg||2h20|
|Paris – Avignon||2h40|
|Lille – Lyon||2h55|
|Paris – Bordeaux||3h00|
|Paris CDG – Marseille||3h34|
The TGV also offers connections from France to neighboring countries such as Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. Those connections allow you to travel other countries as well. You can take the high speed trains of the respective countries. Below are some popular journeys and their travel duration:
|Paris CDG – Brussels||1h 14|
|Avignon – Geneva||2h 53|
|Paris – Stutgart||3h 40|
You can benefit from cheaper fares, when there is less demand for a particular departure time.
TGV is among the first high speed trains which operated in the world. The TGV is synonym of viability and modernity. It is the pride of the French railway industry. TGV can travel up to a speed of 200 mph.
The TGV stations
The TGV stations in major cities are work of art. Their architecture and design deserve a detour. Some of the most famous train stations are the Paris-Gare du Nord, the Milano Centrale and the Amsterdam Centraal. TGV stations offers shopping and communication facilities for your comfort.
Check-in & boarding
A reservation is compulsory before boarding a TGV. Tickets are usually sold as from 60 days before the travel date. Pass holders can make seats reservations at the train stations prior to boarding the TGV.
The tickets should be validated before boarding. Use the yellow stamp machines (composteurs), found in train stations to validate your train ticket.
Make sure your luggage is not too heavy to handle. There are two steps from the railway platform to the train carriage.
|TGV Pro||1st Class||2nd Class|
|Access to the bar buffet car||√||√||√|
|Station business lounges||√|
|Pre-book taxi facility||√|
|Meal served to your seat||√|
Travel in style aboard TGV trains
The newest TGV trains have their interior conceptualized by Christian Lacroix, world renowned fashion designer.
TGV Duplex - Trough innovation and efficiency
You can enjoy the ride on the double decker TGV Duplex train which offers a superb view of the countryside. (Not all the routes have a double-decker train)
TGV is all about comfort
On board a TGV running at full speed, you will experience the smoothest of rides. No noise and no vibrations will disturb your journey. You can upgrade to the first class for more services and larger seats.
The TGV are high speed trains which offer 2 travel classes to travellers. The trains are designed to offer the maximum comfort to all passengers. After a journey on board the TGV train, you will arrive at your destination with a taste of a very good travel experience. You can use TGV trains, which are preferred over planes, when travelling inside France.
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If Premier service is offered, a meal service will feature in the services.
The TGV’s Second class includes spacious legroom and food and beverages, available at the bar-buffet car.
The TGV Med Second class includes spacious legroom as well as food and beverages, available at the bar-buffet car.