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Travelling on a TGV train
High-speed TGV trains are the comfortable, modern flagships of the SNCF high-speed network. Running on dedicated high-speed lines at up to 320 km/h, they are a reliable choice for business and leisure travellers. TGV technology has greatly influenced European high-speed rail travel and is used for example on Thalys and Eurostar trains. An increasing number of TGVs are double-deck trains, referred to as TGV Duplex. The very latest double-deckers are often called Euroduplex.
TGV trains speed from Paris to major French cities including Bordeaux, Avignon, Nantes and Nice. There are inter-regional TGV services too and direct TGV trains from France to a dozen cities in Germany and four stations in Italy. TGV services are branded by the regions they serve. Thus for example TGV Nord trains head north from Paris to Lille, TGV Méditerranée trains serve the Rhône Valley and French Riviera and TGV Est services run east to Strasbourg and Luxembourg. Cross-border services to Germany are branded Alleo.
TGV trains offer seated accommodation in two classes. Air-conditioning comes as standard. There is good luggage space on board, but bear in mind that your luggage has to be labelled and that strictly speaking you are only entitled to two items plus hand luggage. On TGV Duplex trains, choose a seat on the upper level for better views. A seat reservation is obligatory and included in the price of your ticket.
Seating and sleeping on TGV
Seating in TGVs in Standard Class is arranged in pairs of airline-style seats across a central aisle in open-plan carriages. There are some groups of four seats around a table and drop-down tables suitable for holding your laptop are offered at every seat. Note that not all TGVs offer at-seat power sockets in second class.
Food and drink on TGV
Bar / Buffet
A bar / buffet car is conveyed on every TGV (though may not be open on some short-distance services). It offers hot and cold snacks, sandwiches, breakfast, salads, confectionary and hot and cold drinks, beer and wine. You can eat standing in the bar or take purchases back to your seat. On TGV Duplex services the bar is located on the upper level.