What do you need to know about taking a TGV train? (tips)

What do you need to know about taking a TGV train in France? (tips)

Taking the TGV is not like taking a TER or a commuter train. On the one hand, the reservation process is different. On the other hand, in the station, taking a TGV will require more attention and speed. Finally, the TGV offers punctuality guarantees, unlike the TER.


Reservation is mandatory to take a TGV. Reservations can be made at the station, by telephone on 3635, on the Internet at, or in an approved travel agency. The ticket is only valid for the train you have reserved, not the one before or after, unless you choose a more expensive pro ticket. The Price You should know that you pay, in any case, 5 euros of reservation fees. When you pay for your tickets, these reservation fees are included in the price. There are 2 classes available to you: 2nd class, the cheapest, and 1st class, the most expensive. The “cheap travel” websites usually offer you the 2nd class by default.

Arrival at the station

Be careful! Some train stations in France are saturated at all hours of the day! Those who frequent the Lyon Part Dieu station know the traffic problems in the hall. Do not arrive just before the departure of your train. Preferable times To make it easier for you to get on the train, prefer to travel early in the morning. Passengers are calmer and staff are more available. If necessary, plan a hotel close to the station. Avoid at all costs Fridays or Sunday evenings, especially when leaving on vacation. If you are traveling to Paris by train from the provinces, choose mid-morning, which is often quiet.

Your installation

Locating your train Like any other train, your TGV will have a track assigned to it. For high-speed trains, the tracks are often posted at the last minute to deliberately create a rush and prevent luggage thieves from sneaking into the trains before departure. Settling in A sign will show you the placement of the cars in relation to the platform markers. Ask for help if necessary. If you arrive at your seat and someone is already there, check your seat number. Always call a controller to resolve the dispute.

Your journey

A bar car is available for refreshments and food. The products are expensive, so take precautions before boarding the train and limit yourself to a coffee. In case of a long delay, envelopes are distributed. Do not throw them away, they are not an apology letter! It is the first step to obtain a refund of your ticket.

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