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Avignon and Provence Day Trip from Paris by TGV...
Ranked #43 of 177 Transportation in Paris
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

We took the TaGV train from Paris to Nantes and the trip was on time and went without a hitch. Nice, clean train with comfy seats and space in each car for luggage.couldn't make use of the bar car as the line was too long. On our return, we took the Ouigo train, which is similar to the TGV, only much cheaper at 10 Euro, plus 5 Euro for bags. Book our tickets online through trainline.com. Smooth, no problems.The problem with Ouigo is all emails are in French, but I had the hotel translate when I received my tickets via email. With Ouigo you must show up at least 30 minutes early to check in. A real bonus was we could take the train from Nantes directly to Charl de Gaule airport with having to change trains in Paris. Nice feature as the airport has it's own train station next to terminal 2.

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

One would expect Wi-Fi (no way), one would expect service from the train team (forget it, they are French), one would expect quality working seat (no - under repair), one would expect a smooth ride (the last 40 minutes after Bourg en Bresse are simply horrible)
All in all for an experienced non-tourist traveler an unacceptable solution.
The same applies for the Paris - Vallorbe - Lausanne train.

1  Thank Geneva2009
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

It was my first time experience to really ride one of the fasted train the world, and then TGB indeed was one the best rated bullet service train. I ride the train from Paris to Toulouse, there was only one issue though, it became bit tricky to find the railway platform sometime, arrive at least half an hour early.

Thank ShashankA165
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

We travelled as part of a large group using the TGV to travel between Paris and Milan, and the return journey. Even leaving Paris where SNCF have direct control the train was filthy internally, 30 years ago the TGV was 'cutting edge' now it's worn and uncared for, the return from Italy was even worse with no water to flush the toilets or wash your hands (as seasoned travellers we carry baby wipes for such contingencies) and half way through the journey no more toilet paper (removed as no water to flush?). We were considering another venture to Italy with the same organisation, but following this trip and the TGV experience we'd rather fly.

1  Thank John N
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

I travelled from Loches to Paris. An SNCF coach and not a train is provided fro Loches to Tours. SNCF do not allow adequately for the connection. It was late getting in and I had 90 seconds to run from outside of the station, find the platform to get a connecting shuttle train from Tours to St Pierre des Corps. Why do don't they stop the coach at St Pierre des Corps, it stops at places that didn't even have a station? At St Pierre des Corps the TGV to Gare Montparnasse was 2 and half hours late. I got aboard a slow InterCite train to Gare Austerlitz, which took 2 and half hours, despite having paid a premium for TGV. Trains Grandes Vitesses, Trains Grandes Merdes more like. SNCF should be an example to the UK as to why re-nationalising rail would not provide a solution to poor service.

Thank Andy_Bickley
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