Northern Italy is a region not to be missed! With TGV France - Italy, Milan, Turin and the ski resorts of the Valle d'Aosta (Italian Alps) are just a few hours’ train journey from France.
Want to travel even further? Trenitalia’s Frecce trains will take you to numerous other Italian cities from Turin and Milan. Book tickets at low fares via SNCB International.
As a result of planned engineering works near Lyon on Saturday 25 March 2023, the TGV INOUI trains that connect Brussels to the South of France will be diverted via Lyon St-Exupéry and will not call at Lyon Part-Dieu station. Please check departure or arrival station carefully if you are booking your journey to/from Lyon.
Lyon St-Exupéry (airport) is located 27 km. outside the city center, and is connected to Lyon with the Rhône Express tram service (travel time: 30 mins. More information on www.rhonexpress.fr).
The TGV bar carriage is open to all passengers. Here you can purchase a wide selection of refreshments including drinks, warm meals, sandwiches and salads, as well as magazines, children's games, USB sticks, etc.
The on-board communications areas are specially designed for working or simply making phone calls and are located in carriages 5 and 7. You’ll find a table and electrical sockets there.
Book the family compartment to enjoy a relaxing journey with your children, who’ll have the freedom to move around and play as they please. Each train has 8 family areas with 4 seats.
To reserve a family compartment (subject to availability), simply request one when booking. You can do this at any SNCB International station, via the SNCB International Contact Centre or at your travel agent.
For most high-speed trains (notably Thalys, Eurostar, TGV INOUI, TGV Lyria and ICE), the cheapest fares are available in limited quantities. So to benefit from the best prices, we suggest you avoid peak times and book your journey as far ahead as possible.
In some circumstances, it can be more cost-effective to travel as a group, as some rail companies offer fares which are exclusively available to small groups of 3-5 passengers. Examples include the Thalys "Mini Group" fare or the "Pack Tribu" fare on TGV INOUI.
Finally, many railway operators regularly run temporary offers on fares, offering passengers good deals on rail travel. To ensure you don't miss out on these offers, we recommend you visit our website or Facebook page regularly, or sign up for our newsletter.
The booking period can vary from one type of train to another. The main international trains at a glance:
There's no strict limit on the number of luggage items that you can take with you on TGV INOUI, but make sure you only take luggage that you can easily carry and easily store in the spaces provided for this purpose.
Smaller luggage can be stored in the luggage racks right above your seat. For larger luggage, you will find spaces at the ends and in the middle of each carriage.
Each piece of luggage must be provided with a label showing the name and surname of the traveler (legal obligation in France)..
Are allowed as hand luggage: suitcases, travel bags and backpacks.
The following are also admitted as hand luggage (one item per traveller):
In Paris, Gare de Lyon is the departure point for most TGV trains to the Alps, Provence, Côte d'Azur, Occitania, Switzerland, Italy and Barcelona..
To get from Paris Nord station to Gare de Lyon, you can take a taxi, hire a bike (or a scooter), but nothing is easier than the RER (the suburban train network that runs through Paris).
The RER takes only 2 stops and 15 minutes to connect the city's two main train stations. However, you should allow at least a good half hour for your transfer, the time needed to find your way around the corridors of the underground stations.
This RER transfer is not included in your TGV tickets, but you can take the RER between the two stations with a simple metro ticket.
Tip: to save time in Paris, you can buy your metro tickets in advance in the Thalys bar carriage.