Guide to Train Travel in Paris (SNCF, TGV, Corail and gare)

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Paris has one of the best train systems in the world thanks to the SNCF and the TGV. Connected by three networks, the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse), Corail and Transilien train networks, trains arrive and depart from 6 major stations across the city or Paris. The stations are:

  • Gare du Nord
  • Gare de l’Est
  • Gare St. Lazare
  • Gare Montparnasse
  • Gare d’Austerlitz
  • Gare de Lyon and also Gare de Bercy.

TGV supplies the high speed or bullet trains and is a service that is operated by VFE. At present there are 4 TGV lines that run out of Paris: the LGV Sud-Est that runs from the Gare de Lyon to Lyon-Perrache, LGV Atlantique which runs from Gare Montparnasse to Le Mans and Tours, LGV Nord from Gare du Nord to Lille, LGV Est from Paris Gare de l’Est to Strasbourg.

Corail is a passenger train system that runs at a more moderate speed when compared to the TGV. The Corail system is operated by the SNCF and was introduced in 1975. Currently the Corail runs a number of rail services within France and a few international trains.

The third train network in Paris, the Transilien network is the name given to Paris’s suburban trains. These trains are also operated by the SNCF and they run their services out of all six of Paris’ major stations, RER stations and the La Défense district. Visitors will have no difficulties with purchasing train tickets because once you are in Paris, tickets can be purchased from any one of the SNCF booths that are located around Paris and at the six main stations.

Extra travel info:

A type of accommodation many people do not consider is Paris apartments. This is actually a great choice and one by one of the main train stations such as Gare Du Nord can be a great option.