OUIGO is a low-cost, high-speed train service operating under the SNCF brand in France and Spain. OUIGO is a popular choice for train travel as it offers passengers long-distance journeys within the French and Spanish rail network, at some of the most competitive prices. What's more, you can book your train tickets here with Trainline.
OUIGO operate high-speed trains on six different services across France, usually at a lower cost than TGV. Whilst the majority of trains travel in and out of Paris, they do not serve the main stations in the city. Instead, OUIGO trains typically travel to and from Marne-la-Vallée—Chessy (Disneyland Paris) or Charles de Gaulle Airport, which are easily accessible from central Paris.
OUIGO trains take you to some of the most popular destinations in France, particularly in the southern regions. With OUIGO you take travel to and sample the delights of cities such as Nice, Marseille, Montpellier and Nantes, all at high-speed.
Use our OUIGO train map to plan a rail voyage around France that will both astound and inspire you. With high-speed trains at a low-cost, OUIGO is one of the best ways to travel around the country.
When travelling on OUIGO, there is only one seating class, meaning all passengers are offered the same level of service while on board. Unfortunately, there is no buffet carriage on the train, so stocking up at the station is highly advised. On the plus side, the absence of an onboard cafe or restaurant means there are usually more seats available compared to other high-speed trains.
It's worth mentioning that OUIGO tickets can only be bought online, so remember to purchase your tickets well in advance or before you set off for the station. In terms of what you can travel with, bringing two pieces of hand luggage is free of charge but there's usually a fee for larger suitcases or equipment.
You'll receive your train ticket four days before departure, or immediately if the departure is within four days, by email or via the OUIGO app. Be sure you print your tickets out before you travel, or download our app, as you'll need to show one of these two options before boarding the train.
As OUIGO tickets are exclusively sold online, they're non-refundable but can be exchanged online for another OUIGO train ticket with the same departure and arrival stations.
When booking your OUIGO train ticket, you have the possibility to add some features to make your journey as smooth as possible:
|Power sockets||Check the "electrical outlet" option if you need one to charge your electrical devices. This service incurs a small fee.|
|Extra baggage||Also available at an extra cost, carry up to two additional pieces of luggage with you on board.|
|Stroller/buggy||You can take a kids stroller for free on OUIGO trains, as long as you indicate it at the time of your reservation and fold it before boarding.|
|Text alert||Opt for text messages to receive confirmation of your ticket reservation and travel information, including your train's platform number directly on your smartphone.|
|Pets||In the event your furry friend weighs more than 6kg, you'll need to buy a ticket at the special animal rate which is available on the OUIGO website.|
|Quiet area||For a small charge, you can choose a seat in the quieter carriages on the train. Perfect for those who want to work or relax in peace during the journey.|
With the new OUIGO Plus service, you can enjoy a number of additional perks for just an extra €7 – this service is free for any child under 12 years old. Keep reading for more details.
OUIGO is a low-cost alternative to TGV, travelling at the same high-speeds across France but at a significantly discounted price. OUIGO trains have a greater seating capacity than TGV trains and fewer of the creature comforts; the cafe-bar carriage has been stripped out and there is no First Class. Plus, some of the features that come as standard on TGV trains are available as optional extras on OUIGO trains, such as access to a plug socket and extra baggage space. All this contributes to OUIGO being a significantly cheaper service than TGV, at the expense of a little bit of comfort.
As far as similarities go, the trains do use the same Duplex train sets and can travel at speeds of up to 300km/h. OUIGO is also a subsidiary of SNCF, France’s national railway company, which operates TGV services.
Passengers are allowed two items of baggage:
To take extra luggage or larger bags, you must pay a €5 fee at checkout. Otherwise, it’ll cost you €20 at the gate.
OUIGO has launched new services with conventional hauled rolling stock travelling to 14 new destinations and stations in France. Read on for more details.
The company has only operated high-speed TGV services since its launch in 2013. Under this change, high-speed services have been rebranded as Ouigo Grande Vitesse and the new trains as Ouigo Vitesse Classique.
OUIGO Vitesse Classique runs 2 daily services from Paris to Lyon and 3 daily services from Paris to Nantes via new destinations:
3 OUIGO services run between Paris and Nantes every day:
2 OUIGO services run between Paris and Lyon every day. Travelling from Paris Bercy to Lyon Perrache, they call at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, Melun, Dijon Ville, Chalon-sur-Saône, and Mâcon Ville.
Whether you're travelling to Disneyland Paris or making your way to the south of France, OUIGO trains can take you to some of the most popular cities and regions in the country.
Good news! SNCF's low-cost high-speed OUIGO trains now operate on the route from Barcelona to Madrid, with stops in Tarragona and Zaragoza. The Spanish OUIGO services will gradually be extended to other high-speed lines in Spain, including those from Madrid to Valencia and from Madrid to Alicante.
OUIGO tickets are already available to buy from our website or app. Simply use our Journey Planner at the top of the page and you'll get to compare Avlo, OUIGO Spain and Renfe AVE tickets all in one place!
Yes, toilets are available to use both upstairs and downstairs on OUIGO trains.
No, unfortunately WiFi not available on board OUIGO trains.
OUIGO train tickets cannot be changed at the station, as they're exclusively sold online. You can exchange your ticket for another OUIGO ticket with the same departure and arrival stations up to 1 hour before boarding (you'll need to pay for a €10 exchange fee).
Yes, you can take your bike aboard if you fold it or disassemble it and store it in a carrying case.
Generally speaking, OUIGO trains are very reliable. Unforeseen events on the network can lead to cancellations and delays, although this is the case across all railway networks! If your train is significantly delayed, you can claim compensation as a voucher.
OUIGO tickets are non-refundable, however, so if you miss your train you will have to purchase a new ticket.
OUIGO trains have a mixture of increased capacity (1,288 on some trains!) and a ‘stripped-back’ interior, allowing for discounted prices. There is only one class (Standard) and no catering on board – therefore you’re encouraged to bring your own refreshments!
Plus, some of the things you would get as standard on other high-speed trains are available as optional extras at a cost on OUIGO services – things like plug sockets and extra baggage. This helps keep seats as cheap as possible as you are paying for the bare necessities: a seat and a minimal baggage allowance.