True Which Type Of TGV train will you be travelling by

Which Type Of TGV train will you be travelling by

French national rail company SNCF operates four different types of TGV train on its inOUi routes within France.

The single deck TGV trains:

Atlantique and  Sud-Est

The double deck TGV trains:

Duplex and  Océane

When looking up journeys by inOui TGV trains on the Oui.Sncf website, it won't show which type of TGV will, be used for each departure.

You'll see this information (or info which will look similar to this):

But there is a trick for working out the specific type of TGV train you will be travelling by.

(1) You need to select 1st class when looking up the journey, even if you will be actually travelling 2nd class.

Working out which type of train you ill be travelling by

Then click the green arrow to access the 'Choose your seat' option.

(2) Then having done so, don't make any further adjustments and you will see the 'Select My Seat' option - which is only available if you are looking up 1st class journeys.


(3) You will then see one of four seating plans.

On these you can use the positions of the tables to work out which of the four types of TGV train is scheduled to be used for this specific departure.

(i) The TGV Duplex trains:
Working out if you will be travelling by a TGV Duplex train
Note that this seating plan has the option for selecting the Bottom and Top decks, so it has to be a TGV Duplex or a TGV Océane train, as they are double-deck.

The TGV Atlantique and Sud-Est trains are single deck, so if those trains are being used for a departure, you won't see this Top or Bottom option.

Also note the three tables on the side of the coach with single seats - the tables are the brown/grey squares.

Because this plan is showing this many tables AND it has a top deck, it has to be a TGV Duplex train.

You will note by comparing it with the TGV Océane plan below, that the TGV Océane trains have fewer tables.

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(ii) The TGV Océane trains:
Working out if you be travelling on aTGV Oceane train

Note like the TGV Duplex, this seating plan has the option for selecting the Bottom and Top decks.

Select the Top deck and  note the comparative lack of tables on the side of the coach with single seats.

There are much fewer tables than on the TGV Duplex seating plan, so this plan will indicate at TGV Océane train is being used for this departure.

TGV Océane trains have fewer tables than the TGV Duplex trains in 1st/Premiére class, as most of the seats will be rotated, so that they face forward for each journey.

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(iii) The TGV Atlantique trains:
Working out if you will be travelling by a TGV Atlantique trains
There is no choice of 'Top' or 'Bottom' so this plan must be for one of the single deck TGV trains, the Atlantique or the Sud-est

As will be seen above the TGV Duplex and TGV Océane trains do have this top or bottom option.

Note that there is a table between every set of seats, so this must be a seating plan for a TGV Atlantique train, as it is the only type of TGV train with this feature.

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(iv) The TGV Sud-Est trains:
Working out if you will be travelling on a TGV Sud-Est train

Note that like the  Atlantique trains there is no choice of 'Top' or 'Bottom' because TGV Sud-Est trains are also single deck. 

However, note the lack of tables compared to the TGV Atlantique train, so this lack of tables indicates that a TGV Sud-Est train is being used for this departure.