Explore France in comfort and style with new high-speed train
Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products worldwide, invites travellers to journey from the City of Light through iconic and historic wine regions all the way to the southern reaches of France aboard the latest fleet of high-speed trains from the French National Railroad (SNCF). Launching December 11, 2016, SNCF’s “TGV Océane” will service routes operating between Paris, Bordeaux and Toulouse, with a total of 17 trainsets to be in use by July 2017. The new fleet has the capacity to reach speeds of 199 mph (320 km/h), and is projected to service 2.3 million passengers per year.
With room for 556 travellers – 22 percent more than the current TGV Atlantique – the new first- and second-class seats have been designed to enhance passenger comfort. Warm woods, soft leather, natural lighting and high quality fabrics, combined with improved connectivity ensure that passengers reach their destination in style and comfort.
Created from the highest quality pure wool knits, leather and wood, the 158 first-class seats are ideally suited for working, reading or relaxing. Each seat is equipped with a wood table top embedded into the seatback, individual power point, and personal USB port. Unique to the TGV Océane trains, each first-class seat pivots 180 degrees to face the direction of travel. The second-class cars, with room for 398 passengers, features seats equipped with extra-wide tray tables, personal USB ports and 220v power points. A variety of seating arrangements accommodate families and groups of all sizes.
The airy café-bar mirrors the modern design of the first- and second-class cabins, utilizing clean lines and light materials, including natural woods, white Corian panels and soft leathers. The open service counter features a broad wooden bar and refrigerated displays. Red table lamps, designed by famed French lighting designer Ionna Vautrin, add pops of colour while creating a warm and inviting space. Small group seating and standing counter space are available for travellers to enjoy snacks.
Throughout the train, SNCF has made a series of enhancements to improve passenger experiences, including:
- New luggage spaces
- Two seat option for those traveling with bicycles
- A nursery unit with changing table
- Enhanced accessibility for limited-mobility or disabled travellers
- An information desk, where the train manager can meet with customers during travel
- Screen displays with an on-board passenger information system, designed to provide status updates during both normal operation and service disruptions
- Enhanced connectivity, with 4G Wi-Fi service provided free of charge through Orange, beginning July 2017
SNCF has a storied history of innovative, high-end train design, with the original fleet created by industrial designer Roger Tallon. Now through January 8, 2017, Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs within the Louvre Palace will be showcasing the famed Frenchman’s work in several areas, including the Corail train and the TGV Duplex as part of the “Roger Tallon: The Design in Movement” exhibition.
For travellers who wish to book their own French rail travel, visit Rail Europe’s website at raileurope.com, or connect with travel experts at Rail Europe’s award-winning customer care centre by phone, or live chat on the website.
About Rail Europe
Rail Europe represents more than 50 European train companies and is a one-stop shop for European rail travel planning and booking. Rail Europe, Inc., is the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, offering a wide range of passes and train tickets to North American travellers. An essential part of the vacation planning process, the company’s Web site offers a user-friendly booking engine, knowledgeable experts, online rail pass finder, virtual tours, interactive maps and much more. Rail Europe provides a worry-free, cost and time-effective and seamless travel experience by enabling customers to purchase tickets and plan travel details in advance.