courtesy of SNCF

It’s official. Two new high-speed train routes were inaugurated with great pomp and circumstance in France on Saturday, July 1. High-profile attendees were onboard the inaugural train trip for the Bretagne – Pays de la Loire line: President Emmanuel Macron; Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs; and Guillaume Pepy, CEO of SNCF. The TGV Atlantique left the Paris Montparnasse station at 16h50, arriving in Rennes in Brittany just 1 hour and 24 minutes later. Quelle vitesse!

And with the new TGV l’Océane, Bordeaux’s great architecture, vineyards and cool wine museum are within a two-hour ride of the French capital. That’s right: you can hop on a morning train in Paris and be in Bordeaux well before lunchtime. Continuing beyond Bordeaux on the same line, Toulouse can be reached in just over four hours.

Thanks to these new high-speed lines, an additional four million passengers are expected by 2019.

Bien sûr, passengers travel in great comfort and style. After all, celebrated designer Christian Lacroix decorated the carriages for the TGV Bretagne – Pays de la Loire. And wifi will be available starting at the end of 2017. For more information, visit www.sncf.com/en/passengers.

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