The French rail network offers a number of high speed rail connections to other parts of Europe
United Kingdom – Eurostar
Eurostar is a high speed rail service which connects runs a regular schedule between London and Paris and London and Brussels. We have a more detailed guide to the London-Paris Eurostar service.
Switzerland – TGV Lyria
TGV Lyria is partnership between SNCF and SBB the Swiss railway company. It operates services high speed rail services between France and Switzerland. Destinations served from Paris include Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich and Neuchatel, Basel and Bern and leave from the Gare de Lyon.
Belgium, Holland and Germany – Thalys
Thalys is a joint venture with state railway companies of France, Belgium and Germany. It operates a range of high speed rail services linking a number of important centers in Northern Europe. For passengers starting in Paris (Gare du Nord) Thalys serves a range of destination in the north and north east. In Belgium these include Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp as well as Brussels. In Holland these include Rotterdam, Schiphol and Amsterdam. German destinations include Aachen, Düsseldorf, Essen, Cologne and Dortmund.
Italy – TGV Italy
The TGV network now includes high speed services from Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Turin and Milan
Spain – TGV Spain
Travelling south from Paris the TGV now offers a direct service to selected Spanish destinations. These include Girona, Barcelona and Madrid.