If you’re after SNCF First Class tickets, look no further. As the national train operator in France, you can expect the best from SNCF wherever you travel with them. 

At Trainline, we’ll show you what exactly is on offer, from luxurious seats to complimentary meals and much more. Don’t be put off by the thought of paying more than you would in Standard either, as there are ways to find cheap First Class train tickets too! Read on for a complete guide to travelling First Class with SNCF.

What do you get in First Class on SNCF trains?

Whether you’re heading to Paris, Lyon, or elsewhere in France, if you want to travel there in style, SNCF First Class is the one for you. To simplify the two different classes that SNCF offer on their trains, we’ve broken down the amenities that each one offers.

First Class vs Second Class on SNCF trains

 Second ClassFirst Class
Luggage space
Extra comfort seatsX
Solo, duo or private cabinX
Power sockets
Quiet areasX
At-seat meal serviceX


Find out more about First v Second Class on European trains.

SNCF First Class food




If you're travelling in First Class on SNCF's TGV trains, you'll get to enjoy a range of dishes by star chef Michel Sarran, which will be served to your seat. This at-seat meal service is available at mealtimes, Mondays to Fridays (excluding the summer/Christmas holidays and bank holidays) on the busiest TGV routes (Paris to Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Rennes, Bordeaux, and Strasbourg).

SNCF First Class lounges

SNCF have a number of First Class lounges in France where you can relax before and after your train journey with a First Class ticket. Use these modern, comfortable spaces for work, enjoying a hot drink or just chilling out, with WiFi and phone chargers available in all.

SNCF First Class lounges, also known as Grand Voyageur lounges, can be found at the following stations:

SNCF First Class seating plan

On SNCF trains, First Class seats are more spaced out than in Second Class, although they follow the same arrangement on either sitting at a table of four or two seats next to each other.

If you're travelling with SNCF's TGV train, you’ll be able to choose between the following types of seating arrangements in First Class:

  • Solo – a seat on its own, window side
  • Duo side by side – two seats next to each other, corridor or window
  • Duo opposite – two seats facing each other, window side
  • Club 4 – four seats facing each other, corridor or window
  • Lounge – a separated cabin with six or eight seats.

Popular First Class routes

Check out our guides to travelling First Class on some of SNCF's most popular routes.

Paris to Lyon

Departs from

Paris Gare de Lyon

Arrives into

Lyon Part-Dieu

Fastest time

1h 56m

First Class lounge

Paris and Lyon


Find out more about travelling from Paris to Lyon by train.

Paris to Marseille

Departs from

Paris Gare de Lyon

Arrives into

Marseille St-Charles

Fastest time

3h 2m

First Class lounge

Paris and Marseille


Find out more about taking the train from Paris to Marseille.

Montpellier to Paris

Departs from

Montpellier St-Roch

Arrives into

Paris Gare de Lyon

Fastest time

3h 26m

First Class lounge

Paris only


Learn more about travelling by train from Montpellier to Paris.

How to get cheap SNCF First Class tickets

There are different ways you can get cheap SNCF First Class train tickets without having to pay over the odds. Our top tips for saving money on First Class train tickets are:

Buy in advance

SNCF tickets (and train tickets in Europe in general) are usually at their cheapest price when they first go on sale, normally around three to six months before the date of travel.

Travel Off-Peak

Train tickets tend to be more expensive during rush hour (mornings and early evenings Monday to Friday). If you can, be sure to look for tickets outside of these times to see if you can snap up a lower price.

Look out for train deals

There’s a wide range of train deals and discounts in Europe that can help you save money on your journey. Deals can vary based on the country and train company, but if you’re travelling with children, in a group, or fall into a certain age category, you can benefit from discounted ticket prices.

Good to know (FAQs)

What is included in SNCF First Class?

As well as more spacious and comfortable seating, First Class tickets on SNCF trains include lounge access at the station (where available), at-seat dining and individual power sockets.

Are food and drinks included when you travel First Class with SNCF?

No, the cost of food and drinks is not covered with a First Class ticket. You can, however, order from the onboard restaurant and you'll be served at your seat.

Do I get access to SNCF's First Class lounge?

You can use SNCF's First Class lounge if you hold a valid First Class train ticket and there’s a lounge available at either your departure or arrival station.

Find out more about SNCF and travel in Europe

So, now you know all about what SNCF's First Class has to offer, whether you’re ready to book, or want to find out more about train travel in Europe, we’re here to help.

Start a search for tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or check out some of our guides to travelling with SNCF, where they can take you, and train travel around Europe in general.

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