You can only take high speed trains from Paris to Metz, but both the regular TGV InOui services and low-cost, but more basic, Ouigo services share the route.
It's particularly worthwhile to click on the Train Guides below so that you can compare the two train services.
However, if you need to arrive at a specific time you will often have to take one train service or the other.
The Ouigo services can plug gaps between the TGV InOui departures.
Note that these trains depart from Gare de l'Est in Paris.
When making a journey from Paris to Metz, you can now choose between:
(1) These TGV InOui services
(2) Cheaper, but more basic Ouigo services
Final Destination: Luxembourg or Metz
**Mon - Fri ** = 9 x trains per day
Saturday = 6 x trains
Sunday = 7 x trains
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date - but bookings can open sooner when SNCF is running a promotion.
When booking 2nd class tickets only one type of ticket will be available per departure, discounted 'Prems' tickets or 'Seconde' tickets; though the price of Seconde tickets are also typically cheaper when they are first placed on sale.
When booking 1st class tickets there will be a choice of Premiere tickets and Business Premiere tickets.
The two key T&Cs of booking Prems, Seconde, or Premiere tickets are:
Though if you book Business Premiere tickets, the key T&Cs are that tickets can be exchanged and refunded free of charge up to 30 minutes after departure, so if you get to the station just too late to miss the train you were originally booked on to, you won't lose out financially.
Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding these TGV trains.
The price is dictated by demand per departure, so book ahead and try and be flexible re: your departure and arrival times, as trains leaving earlier or later can be cheaper.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €25|
|Download the SNCF Connect App||from €25|
|Save A Train||from €25|
|Happy rail||from €25|
|Rail Europe||from €25|
It is not a scenically interesting journey from Paris to Metz.
What gives this journey its wow factor is that for some of this trip you'll be travelling at more than 300 km/h on the the fastest high speed line in France!
Final Destination: Metz-Ville
When making a high speed train journey from central Paris to Metz, you now have a choice of travelling by:
(1) TGV InOui trains
(2) These Ouigo services
So you can now opt to save money, but have a much more basic on board experience, and travel on a Ouigo.
1 x train per day
Online bookings usually open: up to 9 months ahead of the travel date
Tickets for the alternative service of TGV InOui trains are usually made available 4 months ahead, so if you look up this journey more than 4 months ahead on SNCF Connect, you may only see these Ouigo services, but they are not the only option on this route.
What is particularly worth being aware of when booking tickets for journeys by Ouigo train services, is that:
Though these factors, and more, are why you can make big savings by opting to travel by these Ouigo trains and not on the standard TGV InOui trains.
Eurail and InterRail Pass Users:
Rail passes cannot be used on Ouigo trains, but if you will be travelling with a 2nd class pass, our guide to using rail passes in France, explains why taking a Ouigo train can be worth considering
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €19|
If you do opt to travel from Paris to Metz by these Ouigo trains, you should aim to be at the Gare de l'Est 30 mins before the train is due to depart.
And that's because you need to pass through 'reception' before boarding a Ouigo train, staff need to verify that all passengers are abiding by the 'rules' of travelling on a Ouigo train, no additional un-booked luggage, no bikes etc.
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