By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I heard France was going to start a new fast train service. Is this up and running and where can I purchase tickets?

A: Europe’s fastest high-speed train the TGV East which travels at a lightning speed of 320 km/hr made its first trip on June 10th. The new service now makes the big commute from Paris to Strasbourg in only two hours 20 minutes in comparison to the old service which ran four hours.

This means tourists to the City of Light can enjoy the best of the French capital and the best of the Alsace, Burgundy, and Champagne (ABC) wine region in one day as the new fast train service has now drastically reduced travel times.

The French Government Tourism Office reports that the TGV is designed to speed eastward connections from Paris to the regions of Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine and Alsace.

The new line also provides direct service between these regions and Ile-de-France, Northern, Western and Southwestern France, as well as to Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

For ticket information and online reservations, visit or call Rail Europe at toll-free 1-888-382-7245 or contact a travel agent. Rail Europe is the largest North American supplier of European rail travel products for individuals, families or groups.


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