The TGV (Trains a Grande Vitesse) is the express train of France and connects the major cities of France as well as continuing through to other neighboring European countries that border France, like Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. If you can, travel on the upper deck of the duplex TGV trains for a superb view of the countryside as you speed through at the maximum of 320km/h (199mph) or slightly slower on the older trains at 300km/h (186mph).
Major Routes from Paris
All train times given here are the shortest time on a direct route. You can continue on to other cities from all these destinations.
- Paris to Lille - 59 minutes
- Paris to Dunkerque - 1 hour 37 minutes
TGV Est from Paris Gare de l’Est. Connects to the east of France, one of the new regions now called Grand Est, serving destinations like Reims, Metz (visit the great Pompidou Metz Museum), Nancy, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and beyond.
- Paris to Reims - 48 minutes
- Paris to Metz - 1 hour 27 minutes
- Paris to Nancy – 1 hour 31 minutes
- Paris to Strasbourg – 2 hours 18 minutes
TGV Sud-Est from Paris Gare de Lyon. Connects to the south and east of France.
- Paris to Lyon - 1hr 59 minutes
- Paris to Dijon - 1hr 37 minutes
- Paris to Grenoble - 3 hours 2 minutes
- Paris to Annecy - 3 hours 48 minutes
- Paris to Chambéry - 2 hours 50 minutes
TGV Méditerranée from Paris Gare de Lyon. Connects to Provence and the Cote d'Azur.
- Paris to Marseille - 3 hours 25 minutes
- Paris to Avignon - 3 hours 36 minutes
- Paris to Aix-en-Provence - 3 hours 8 minutes
- Paris to Nice - 5 hours 38 minutes
- Paris to Nimes – 2 hours 59 minutes
TGV Atlantique from Paris Gare Montparnasse. Connects to the south and the west of France.
- Paris to Tours – 1 hour 49 minutes
- Paris to Bordeaux – 2 hours 14 minutes
- Paris to Toulouse – 5 hours 19 minutes
- Paris to Pau – 4 hours 9 minutes
- Paris to Lourdes – 4 hours 36 minutes
- Paris to Le Mans – 55 minutes
- Paris to Rennes – 1 hour 25 minutes
- Paris to Nantes – 1 hours 56 minutes
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Paris to other cities
Many but not all of the following cities are served directly by TGV express trains. With some of the following destinations, you will have to change from the TGV onto a direct express train to reach your destination. Some of the TGV stations are outside the main city, but there are always good transport links into the city. Some, like at Lyon, are beside the airport.
All of the following articles contain links to Eurostar information from London to Paris, Lille and Brussels.
How to Get from Paris to
- Paris to Aix-en-Provence
- Paris to Angers
- Paris to Arles
- Paris to Avignon
- Paris to Beaune
- Paris to Biarritz
- Paris to Blois
- Paris to Bordeaux
- Paris to Caen
- Paris to Chartres
- Paris to Cherbourg
- Paris to Deauville
- Paris to Dole
- Paris to Lourdes
- Paris to Lyon
- Paris to Marseille
- Paris to Metz
- Paris to Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Paris to Mont-St-Michel
- Paris to Montpellier
- Paris to Nantes
- Paris to Nice
- Paris to Nimes
- Paris to Orleans
- Paris to Pau
- Paris to Perpignan
- Paris to Poitiers
- Paris to Reims
- Paris to Rennes
- Paris to Rouen
- Paris to St-Malo
- Paris to Strasbourg
- Paris to Toulon
- Paris to Toulouse
- Paris to Tours
New Rapid No-change Service from London St Pancras to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille
In April 2015, a new service began from London to France. Various Eurostar trains leave throughout the morning and arrive in Lyon within 4 hours 41 minutes and Avignon within 5 hours 40 minutes. A separate train leaves for Marseille taking 6 hours 19 minutes.