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TGV trains, or Train à Grande Vitesse, are the high speed trains of the SNCF, the French national rail network, and can reach speeds of up to 200 mph, or 320 km/h.
They are much loved by the French, who are very proud of their flagship train service. It’s hardly surprising, as the TGV is cheap, quick, efficient, comfortable and very reliable.
TGV trains serve in excess of 150 destinations across France, as well as carrying passengers high speed across the border into Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy, where passengers can connect with other European high speed services and rail networks.
If you are travelling to the Continent by Eurostar, it’s easy to make connections with TGV services in Paris or in many cases, in Lille.
In contrast to the UK, the TGV is favoured as a cheap method of transport, and prices from Paris to some destinations, if booked well in advance, can cost less than £15 for a standard class, one-way ’PREM’S’ fare.
With a great view of the French countryside, speeds of up to 200 miles an hour and modern, comfortable interiors, TGVs are a great way to explore all that France has to offer.