TGV Océane (inOui)

These are the brand new TGV trains - so new that we have yet to have had the opportunity to travel by them - hence the limited information (by our usual standards).

They have been introduced on most of the services that use France's newest high speed line - the LGV Sud Europe Atlantique that has opened between Paris and Bordeaux.

So if you'll be taking a train which travels non-stop between Paris and Bordeaux, then it's likely that you will be travelling by one of these trains.

Many journeys taken by these trains also extend beyond Bordeaux to and from other destinations.

So it's likely that you will be travelling by these trains if you take a TGV between Paris and Bayonne or Biarritz or Hendaye or Lourdes or Tarbes and Toulouse.

The key innovations of the TGV Océane compared to the previous TGVs are:
(i) more powerful Wi-fi
(ii) more luggage racks in the middle of the coaches and more luggage space unde the seats
(iii) Power sockets are available in 2nd class.
(iv) In Premiére/1st class, the seats will be rotateted by staff prior to boarding, so that most of them face the direction of travel.
(v) Bike spaces are available, but spaces must be reserved prior to boarding.
(vi) Enhanced accessibility and services for travllers with reduced mobility.
 


Reservations:

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for journeys by TGV train.

Rail pass users will need to have made reservations prior to boarding (see below).

Good to know:

(i) SNCF is re-branding its standard TGV services as 'inOui' - irrespective of the specific type of TGV train that is used to provide the service!


(ii) Max luggage allowance = 2 suitcases/large bags + 1 item of hand luggage per person.

(iii) Staircases link the lower and upper levels and there are toilets on both levels in each coach

(iv) However, if you want to access the bar counter, then it’s easier to move through the train at the upper level, as the serving counter is on the upper deck.

(v) The upper deck inevitably offers better views, as they enable passengers to see over the sound barriers that line much of the track.
However, the scenery that can be seen from a French high speed line is rarely scintillating.

(vi )Target the lower deck if you have luggage and/or if you are tall - the lower deck can feel more spacious.

If you are tall and sat by the window on the upper deck, take care not to bang your head on the ceiling when you leave the seat.

(vii) Additional benefits are available to business class (Pro 1ère TGV) ticket holders - more info is available on this official SNCF guide.

Catering:

There is no trolley service on TGV trains so you will need to go the bar coach if you want to purchase food and drink – though don’t over rely on it having all items available to purchase.

TGV Bar Menu (PDF)

The at-seat catering service on TGV trains is only available if you order meals to be delivered to your seat prior to boarding.

The first stage of this catering booking service is to enter the train number (not the departure time) which will be on your ticket, into this order form.

Take care with food and drink, particularly un-opened bottles and drinks in cups and glasses. When the trains corner at high speed, drinks and food can fly off the table.

Conductor Services:

On board announcements are in French language only, but the conductors usually speak English, so you can verify any questions when they pass through the train to check tickets.

Using mobile phones is discouraged in 1st class, you are expected to have conversations in the vestibules between the seating saloons.

If you happen to be travelling in a ‘Calme’ coach – (you may not have knowingly requested this), then the conductor will ask you to move from your seat to take a call.

It won’t be particularly obvious that you are sitting in a part of the train with a ‘Calme’ atmosphere (Espace Calme) - there are no signs displayed in the coaches etc.

Our general GUIDE to using trains in France
 

Catering
Availability
Restaurant
Bistro (Hot Food)
Bar (Cold Food)
Features
Availability
Double Deck
High Speed
Classes
First Class
Première/Premium/1ére
Second Class
Seconde/2nde/2

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