seat reservation more expensive than buying a ticket on tgv site

  • 2 January 2023
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Hi there I am looking for trains Marseille to aix En Provence and I am asked to reserve a seat for 12 eur, on the high speed train. Checking the tgv website, a new ticket costs 9 eur. How is that possible?


Best answer by Al_G 2 January 2023, 11:20

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Domestic TGV reservations are fixed price, either €10 for limited numbers and then €20 after the €10 are sold out for that train (plus booking fee).

This applies no matter the length of the journey so for a very short trip such as the one you are taking it can be cheaper to buy local tickets.

Short journeys on local/regional trains do not have any reservation fees.


Be aware that there are 2 different stations; Aix En Provence in the town itself and Aix En Provence TGV which is in the countryside about 10km out of the town.

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Forget that TGV for that short distance-simply use to cost-free local/regional TER trains-ev hour or so, that serve the better station right smack IN the centre of Avg. Also saves you the cost of the busticket to get there from TGV