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A TGV awaits departure from Frankfurt (Main)


Welcome to the guide to travelling on the international TGV trains which travel between France and Germany.


At a Glance

Travel Pass Supplement

Rail Pass Reservation Fees

Time of Day


Food services available

Bistro (bar food and take away meals)

Accessing the train

Wheelchair Spaces
Train Specification

Attributes of the train

High Speed (partial journey)
Double Deck
Has a Conductor

Which country these trains operate in.

Travel Passes

On Board



A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

Trolley Service:

A catering trolley with hot and cold drinks and snacks should be taken through the train at some point during its journey.



A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

DB-SNCF (TGV) travel guide:

The international high speed train service which crosses the France/Germany border is branded 'Le Reseau DB-SNCF' - it had been branded 'Alleo'.
Though you won't see this branding on the exterior of the trains.

Reflecting the spirit of co-operation French Railways (SNCF) and German Railways (DB) share the provision of the trains.
The French trains used for the service are these 'EuroDuplex' trains - international versions of the double decked TGV Duplex train.
However, both externally and internally they're no different to other TGV Duplex trains.


The TGV trains are the only trains used on these 'Le Reseau DB-SNCF' routes:

  • Frankfurt (Main) - Strasbourg - Mulhouse - Lyon - Avignon - Marseille
  • Paris - Stuttgart - (Munchen/Munich)

They also share the services on the two routes between Paris and Frankfurt (Main) with the German ICE Velaro D trains.

Reservations (& Using rail passes):

Rail Pass users:

Rail pass reservations for these trains are no longer sold online by DB, so the booking options for rail pass users on these trains are:

But if you'll be using an InterRail or Eurail Pass and are happy to change trains and have a longer end-to-end journey, it's possible to avoid these trains when travelling between France and Germany.
From Paris to Berlin, or from Paris to Hamburg, or from Paris to Munich and in the other direction from when travelling to Paris from Berlin, or from Munchen/Munich.


Here are six tips for boarding these trains:

1. Before arriving on the voie/platform/gleis, check your ticket and find number of the coach in which your reserved set is located.
Then use the info screens on the voie/platform/gleis, to check which zone on the voie you should wait in, for easy boarding into your coach.

2. The coach/carriage numbers can be hard to spot as they are on the electronic info panel set into the body work of the train by the door.

3. Each carriage/coach only has one door. It won’t open automatically there will be a button to the right of the door (when exiting the train you will also need to use the button to open the doors)

4. Managing luggage:

If you are travelling 2nd class and have large items of luggage, don’t be tempted to locate your seat first, and then work out where to stow your luggage.
In the 2nd class seating saloons there are two luggage racks.
However, on both the lower and upper decks you have to walk by the main luggage racks to access the seating saloons.
If there's space on these racks then the advice is to make use of it - if you're prepared to accept that you won't be able to see your bags from your seat.

Luggage space is limited in the seating saloon, but if you've entered by the door to the coach in which you seat is located, then the smaller luggage rack is at the far end of the seating saloon.
However, if you'll be boarding an already busy train you'll be lucky to find space on this rack.

The above seat luggage racks are particularly small, and won’t accommodate items much larger than a large handbag.
Medium size bags will fit in the space between some of the seats.

The lower decks have more areas in which bags can be stowed away, but if you are travelling 1st class avoid utilising the space set aside for wheelchair users.
There is generally more space in which to stow luggage in 1st class, in the 1st class upper deck there are racks in the middle of the seating area that can accommodate large items.

5. If you DON'T have luggage with you, hang back and be amongst the last passengers to board.
All seats are reserved, so you won’t risk having no seat to travel in, and you can avoid being caught up in the scramble for luggage space.

6. Whether you have luggage or not keep your ticket you where you can access it easily, so that you can check your seat number as you enter the seating saloon.
The sequence of numbers can seem illogical, so take your time.
What you won’t see is any indication of the stations between which the seat is reserved for, all you have to do is look for the seat numbers and match it to the seat number on your ticket.


What distinguishes this service from other non-international TGV services, is that the bar/bistro menu is available as an at-seat service in 1st/Premiere class.
So if you are travelling in 1st/Premiere class, a catering attendant SHOULD pass through the coach/car and ask for orders, which will then be delivered to you - though nothing you order will be complimentary.
The menu will be either be on the table, or in the seat backs.

There will be no trolley service in 2nd class, so if you travel 2nd you will have to visit the on board bar/bistro to purchase food and drink - and if you are travelling in 1st, you can also go the bar counter, rather than wait for the attendant to come to you.

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.

On board:

Staircases link the lower and upper levels and there are toilets on both levels.
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.
The upper deck offers better views, as they enable passengers to see over the sound barriers that line much of the track.

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.

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

Power sockets are also available in the platforms/vestibules between coaches, you are also encouraged to use these spaces between coaches to make mobile calls.

The availability of Wi-Fi is dependent on the route the train is taking.


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