TGV France/Italy

Exterior view - note the destinations listed above the windows Exterior view - note the destinations listed above the windows

Exterior view - note the destinations listed above the windows

Apart from the destinations listed on the exterior of the coaches, the trains used for the TGV France/Italy service are standard, modernised, single deck TGV trains.


These branded trains only operate on the one route between Paris and Milano via Lyon*, Chambery, Modane and Torino.
*not all departures serve Lyon.


A catering attendant should pass through the 1st class coaches and deliver the on-board catering menu to each passenger, who can then order any food and drink items directly from this attendant.
As is common on TGV InOui services, none of  the food/drink items are complimentary.

These trains have Wi-Fi, though don’t rely on it being available - particularly as the train makes its way through the Alps - though looking out of the window, rather than staring at a screen, is recommended for this part of the journey.

These trains also have these four things in common with other single deck TGVs:

(1) the comparatively cramped standard class seating saloons;

(2) all seats are open plan - there are no compartments on these trains;

(3) a preponderance of seats that don’t line up with windows, and;

(iv) have their main luggage racks between the door and the seating areas.

Also if you want to have a mobile phone conversation you are encouraged to do so in the vestibules of the coaches, by the exterior doors.

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

But you will be given an option to choose the location of your seat and whether you want to face forwards.

Using rail passes on TGV France/Italy trains:

The TGV France/Italy service takes the prize for the most expensive rail pass reservation fees of any daytime European train service.
They're more than 5x more expensive than the reservation fee for a TGV journey within France!

So, if you are will be using a Eurail or InterRail pass and a journey between northern Italy and Paris is on your itinerary - check the price being charged for a point-2-point journey, before booking the reservation fee.

The rail pass reservation fees for a journey in either direction between Paris and Torino/Turin or Milano are an eye-watering €89 if you have a 1st class pass - and €62 if you have a 2nd class rail pass.

Once you have factored in the average daily cost of using your Eurail or InterRail pass - taking these trains and paying the reservation fee will cost more than €100.

In contrast tickets can be booked on Voyages-SNCF and the cheapest prices = €39 1st class and €29 2nd class.
So you can save more than 60% of the reservation fee by booking point-2-point tickets and not using a Eurail or InterRail pass for this journey.

If your pass is limited to a set number of travel days, use your pass for another day of travel, such as a day trip from Paris.

You will only save money by paying the rail pass reservation fees for the TGV France/Italy trains when the discounted point-2-point tickets have sold out.
Those point-2-point tickets can be booked up to 4 months ahead of the travel date.

There are no alternative local trains that cross the border on this route.

However, if you’re prepared to undertake a longer journey, you can travel via northern Italy from Paris via Ventigmilia/Vintimille.

Local trains cross the border between Ventigmilia/Vintimille and Nice - and the reservation fees on a TGV from Nice to Paris start at €10.

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Non folding bikes must be disassembled and packed into travel cases, then presented to platform staff, who will show you where to stow it on the train.

International train routes to/from France

International train routes to/from Italy

An overview of train travel in France

An overview of train travel in Italy

Travelling on European daytime trains

Travelling on European overnight trains

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