Torino / Turin to Paris by train

How to take the wonderful rail journey from Turin / Torino to Paris

Trenitalia has recently introduced its ultra smart Frecciarossa 1000 trains to this route.
So along with the existing and continuing TGV services, an unprecedented five daily trains are now available from the capital of Piedmont to the French capital.

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Routes

Option 1: taking the TGV trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Paris Gare de Lyon

These trains also call at: Oulx and Bardonecchia (the Frecce services do not call at these stations with connections to Alpine resorts) and
Chambery

3 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date

When looking for tickets on Oui.SNCF tick the 'direct trains' box, on Trainline tick the 'fastest journeys' box.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
There can be particularly big price discrepancies per train on this route.

If tickets aren't on sale yet for your travel date, then this is a journey for which it's worth signing up to the ticket availability notification service on Oui.SNCF.
Do that and you'll receive an email within moments of the tickets being released for sale.
It's worth making an effort as this is a journey on which the very cheapest tickets tend to sell out particularly fast.

Trenitalia does not sell tickets for the TGV trains on this route.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trainline from €29

Trainline Guide

SNCF Connect from €29

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesMountain viewsHigh Speed (partial)

Good to Know

Note that these trains to Paris only call at Torino Porta Susa station, they don't depart from Torino Porta Nuova station.

Racing towards the Mont Cenis Tunnel Racing towards the Mont Cenis Tunnel
Passing through Modane on exiting the Mont Cenis tunnel Passing through Modane on exiting the Mont Cenis tunnel
Travelling through the narrow valley to the north of Modane Travelling through the narrow valley to the north of Modane
Passing by Lac d'Aiguebellete shortly after departing Chambery Passing by Lac d'Aiguebellete shortly after departing Chambery

The combination of epic Alpine scenery and high speed travel has earned this route a place on our list of Most Epic European express train journeys.

On departure from Torino/Turin comes a passage through the western Alps with great views, particularly from the right of the train (when facing the direction of travel).

Then there comes the journey between Chambery and Paris, most of which is on the high speed line.

Option 2: taking the Frecce trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Paris Gare de Lyon

These trains also call at:
Chambery and Lyon - these Frecce trains are now the only direct trains between Torino and Lyon.

2 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months* ahead of the travel date

Frecciarossa 1000 trains on the domestic routes within Italy convey 4 classes of accommodation, but the Standard Premier service is not available on this international route.
Also 'Allegro' has been introduced as the branding for the Standard and Business Class, SMTJ isn't certain as to the reason for this, other than to make a distinction with the tickets on the domestic routes.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia *

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
Trainline *

Trainline Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesMountain viewsHigh Speed (partial)

Good to Know

These trains take a very similar route to the TGV trains except that they travel through Lyon city centre.

Racing towards the Mont Cenis Tunnel Racing towards the Mont Cenis Tunnel
Passing through Modane on exiting the Mont Cenis tunnel Passing through Modane on exiting the Mont Cenis tunnel
Travelling through the narrow valley to the north of Modane Travelling through the narrow valley to the north of Modane
Passing by Lac d'Aiguebellete shortly after departing Chambery Passing by Lac d'Aiguebellete shortly after departing Chambery

The combination of epic Alpine scenery and high speed travel has earned this route a place on our list of Most Epic European express train journeys.

On departure from Torino/Turin comes a passage through the western Alps with great views, particularly from the right of the train (when facing the direction of travel).

Then there comes the journey between Chambery and Paris, most of which is on the high speed line.

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