Travel between Paris, Marseille, Zurich, Bern and Geneva without stops… France and Switzerland are closer than you think with TGV Lyria and SNCB International.
TGV Lyria offers everyone the journey best suited for them thanks to its three comfort classes.
|SERVICES||STANDARD||STANDARD 1ère||BUSINESS 1ère|
|Minibar trolley service||✓||✓|
|Comfortable chairs in first class with extra legroom||✓||✓||✓|
|Access to the Grand Voyageur lounge at Paris Gare de Lyon
|Dedicated quiet carriage
|International magazines and newspapers|| ✓
|Meal served at your seat*||✓|
|Unlimited drinks|| ✓
|On-board taxi reservation service (for Paris)|| ✓
* not included in the ticket fare
The TGV Lyria bar carriage is open to all passengers, offering a wide array of nibbles, snacks, salads and warm and cold meals, as well as hot and cold drinks. The on-board bar specialises in French and Swiss cuisine and wine. A tip for the gourmands: it’s Happy Hour between 17.00 and 21.00 on TGV Lyria! Here, you can also purchase tickets for the Paris Metro.
The family compartments are located in second class coaches. This 4-person face-to-face seating area is separated from the rest of the coach by a glass panel. The fold-down table and seats allow you to free up space to stow a pushchair. A baby-changing area is located close to each Family Area.
To reserve a family area (subject to availability), simply request one when booking. You can do this at any SNCB International station, via the SNCB International Contact Centre or at your travel agency.
For most high-speed trains (notably Thalys, Eurostar, TGV INOUI, TGV Lyria and ICE), the cheapest fares are available in limited quantities. So to benefit from the best prices, we suggest you avoid peak times and book your journey as far ahead as possible.
In some circumstances, it can be more cost-effective to travel as a group, as some rail companies offer fares which are exclusively available to small groups of 3-5 passengers. Examples include the Thalys "Mini Group" fare or the "Pack Tribu" fare on TGV INOUI.
Finally, many railway operators regularly run temporary offers on fares, offering passengers good deals on rail travel. To ensure you don't miss out on these offers, we recommend you visit our website or Facebook page regularly, or sign up for our newsletter.
The booking period can vary from one type of train to another. The main international trains at a glance:
There's no strict limit on the number of luggage items that you can take with you on TGV INOUI, but make sure you only take luggage that you can easily carry and easily store in the spaces provided for this purpose.
Smaller luggage can be stored in the luggage racks right above your seat. For larger luggage, you will find spaces at the ends and in the middle of each carriage.
Each piece of luggage must be provided with a label showing the name and surname of the traveler (legal obligation in France)..
Are allowed as hand luggage: suitcases, travel bags and backpacks.
The following are also admitted as hand luggage (one item per traveller):
In Paris, Gare de Lyon is the departure point for most TGV trains to the Alps, Provence, Côte d'Azur, Occitania, Switzerland, Italy and Barcelona..
To get from Paris Nord station to Gare de Lyon, you can take a taxi, hire a bike (or a scooter), but nothing is easier than the RER (the suburban train network that runs through Paris).
The RER takes only 2 stops and 15 minutes to connect the city's two main train stations. However, you should allow at least a good half hour for your transfer, the time needed to find your way around the corridors of the underground stations.
This RER transfer is not included in your TGV tickets, but you can take the RER between the two stations with a simple metro ticket.
Tip: to save time in Paris, you can buy your metro tickets in advance in the Thalys bar carriage.