TGV Océane

These are the brand new TGV trains - so new that we have yet to have had the opportunity to capture any images* or travel by them - hence the limited information (by our usual standard).

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

*We spent more than two hours at Montparnasse station in the middle of the day hoping to see one of these trains, but didn't.

So it seems that, for the time being, you are more likely to be travelling on a TGV Oceane if you will be travelling at business hours.

To mark the opening of the line SNCF has produced this PDF brochure - which includes images of the new trains that travel up to 320 khm/h and are double decked.

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 being open.

TGV Bar Menu (PDF)

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.

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