A TGV Lyria train about to leave Paris Gare de Lyon for Geneva

A 200 mph TGV-Lyria train about to leave Paris for Geneva.

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What is TGV-Lyria?

TGV-Lyria is the company formed to run the high-speed trains between Paris & Switzerland, 76% owned by SNCF French Railways and 24% by SBB Swiss Railways. TGV stands for Train Grande Vitesse or High Speed Train, running at up to 320 km/h (200mph).  From city centre to city centre it's faster than flying.  TGV-Lyrias run on these routes:

TGV-Lyria travel tips...

3 classes of travel since December 2017...

On 10 December 2017 TGV-Lyria switched from two classes (1st & 2nd class) to three:  Standard, Standard Premier & Business Premier.  The trains physically have two types of seating, 2nd class & 1st class, but some 1st class cars are designated Standard Premier and others Business Premier.  2nd class cars are called Standard.  You will choose your class when buying your ticket.

Double-deck or single-deck TGV?  Upper deck?  Forward-facing seat?

Most Paris-Geneva & a couple of Paris-Basel-Zurich TGV-Lyria departures are operated by impressive 320 km/h (200 mph) double-deck TGV Duplex of the latest Euroduplex type.  A few Paris-Geneva, most Paris-Basel-Zurich and all Paris-Lausanne & Paris-Bern TGV-Lyrias are operated by single-deck TGVs, technically type TGV-POS, with a funky interior by designer Christian Lacroix and a special dual seat numbering system that allows passengers to specify a forward-facing seat.  You can check which type you TGV will be by running an enquiry on www.trainline.eu - run an enquiry, find your train, select a price, click 'Seating' and if you get a choice of decks, it's a Duplex.  If you get a chance to select a box marked 'forward facing seat' it's a single-deck TGV-POS (you cannot specify a forward-facing seat on a TGV Duplex).

All-Duplex fleet for 2020:  In December 2019 TGV-Lyria plans to replace all 19 of their single-deck TGV trains with new double-deck TGV Euroduplex trains, which will carry a new TGV-Lyria livery and be progressively be refurbished with new interiors.  So in 2020 their whole fleet is likely to be TGV Duplex double-deck.

Double-deck TGV Duplex...

The stairs to the top deck are short, wide and easy, and there are luggage racks and toilets both upstairs and downstairs.  You walk through the train to the cafe-bar at the upper deck level.  TGV-Lyria trains leave from Paris Gare de Lyon.  I strongly recommend an upper deck seat on a TGV Duplex for the best views of the scenery, you can choose decks if you buy tickets at www.loco2.com or www.trainline.eu, not on some other sites.  Another reason for choosing the upper deck on a TGV Duplex is that the refreshment trolley comes along the upper deck from the cafe-bar, it cannot go downstairs.

TGV-Lyria to Geneva at Paris Gare de Lyon

TGV-Lyria euroduplex train at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 200 mph double-deck trains operate most Paris-Geneva & some Paris-Basel-Zurich trains.

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes...


2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360 photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   A TGV-Lyria Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right. 360 photo.


A TGV-Lyria for Geneva, boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon.  You enter on the lower deck, with 9 stairs up to top deck.

TGV Duplex:  Stairs to upper deck   TGV Duplex:  Power outlets   TGV Duplex:  Luggage racks

The stairs from entrance to upper deck. Just 9 wide shallow steps with double handrails.  Not usually any problem!


Power sockets:  All 1st class seats have power sockets, 2-pin 230v.  2nd class seats also have power sockets on all the Duplex sets used by TGV-Lyria.


Luggage racks.  You take your bags on board with you and place them on the racks.  There are racks both upstairs and downstairs, both at the car ends and (as here) between the seats, which I personally prefer.

Video guide:  TGV Duplex

Single-deck TGV-Lyria...

TGV-Lyria's single-deck trains feature interiors styled by designer Christian Lacroix, with 1st & 2nd class seats plus a cafe-bar car selling drinks, snacks & microwaved hot dishes.  First class fares include a complimentary cold breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack according to time of day, served at your seat.  There are power points for mobiles & laptops at all seats.  Incidentally, SNCF's in-house designer has never forgiven Christian Lacroix for breaking the unwritten 'rule' and using warm funky oranges and purples in 2nd class, cooler greys and lime green in 1st class, but see what you think...

Meal bought from the TGV bar car   A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon

Food included in Business Premier.


A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.


1st class has a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon   TGV bar car

Boarding a TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon...



Video guide:  TGV with Christian Lacroix interior

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