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“Great trains but poor food”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of TGV

TGV
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Avignon and Provence Day Trip from Paris by TGV Train
Ranked #10 of 120 Transportation in Paris
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“Great trains but poor food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

This is the second occasion I have used the TGV from Paris to Nice on this occasion I became particularly aware of the poor quality of the food and its service. This never ceases to amaze me,we are constantly bombarded in the UK by the fact that France and the French are the Masters of Cuisine. Not on this occasion,it is at best similar to the catering offered in the lower divisions of the English Football League.
On a 6 to 8 hour journey buy your food in the Gard de Lyon.
Oh and the train.
Traveled first class.In relation to rail travel in the UK it's cheaper it's
far more comfortable and is definitely Premier League

Visited August 2013
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“TGV - Paris to Perpignan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

Just returned from a return TGV trip Paris - Perpignan. The train rides were great - had upstairs seats giving us great views going through France. Booked early so got good prices

On the trip out we stayed in Paris after getting there by Eurostar for a sight seeing day and night. On the way home I' m thinking I should have gone to Lille rather than go back to Paris and have to cross from Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord.

On the return home our engine packed up at Montpelier and we had to wait an hour for them to reattach us to a new engine. Luckily I had allowed for delays when booking my connection to Eurostar.

Food on the train is poor and vastly overpriced but overall the TGV is a great option.

Visited July 2013
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“Great way to get across France”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

We caught the high speed train from Strasbourg to Paris and found it a comfortable and easy way to cross the country.
Boarding the train at Strasbourg was a bit hectic because this was our first time using the syem and the locals do not like lining up at all. After waiting for others to board so as not to hold up people while figuring out where to store our luggage, we were the second last group to get on. Stowing luggage was a breeze with plenty of room in both the lower and upper decks.
I was looking forward to feeling the train get up to 300 kmh but thought at first we were not going to reach top speed as the display was only showing route and not speeds. Due to the smoothness and quiet of the train I was estimating we were only travelling around 100 kmh when suddenly the speed was displayed on the screen. Topping 318kmh and easily cruising along at 300 we were into Paris in no time.

Visited June 2013
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Illinois
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“First Class Transportation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

The TGV out of Paris to Geneva was awesome! The train inside was super clean and the ride smooth and FAST! Here in the U.S. we have Amtrak but it pales in comparison to the TGV! If we had more time for the trip, most likely I would have preferred a chartered bus to appreciate the surrounding landscape(s) but since we were on a short trip, the TGV served us well and delivered us safely to Geneva!

Visited July 2013
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“1st Class from Paris Gare de Lyon to Geneve Cornavin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

We booked three months in advance, and the seats were going fast! After checking the departure times and prices, we decided to get the 1st Class as it was just slightly more expensive than the 2nd Class.

We had wider seats that reclined, and were served a welcome drink immediately. Then we were served a full breakfast which was quite filling (only for passengers going to Switzerland though - it did stop twice in SE France). We were served one more drink before arriving in Geneva.

Not crowded, quiet and fast. Best way to go from Paris to Geneva.

Visited June 2013
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