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Tried & Tested


Connor McGovern makes the journey from Paris to Bordeaux aboard the high-speed TGV L’Oceane


Seats: The seats are arranged in pairs or individually, with stylish black and Ferrari-red stitching. My individual seat in the duplex first class carriage is comfortable and has plenty of legroom. The seats are in their own booths, so can recline without disturbing others, and can be swivelled to face the direction of travel.

Food & Drink: The on-board bar serves soft and alcoholic drinks as well as plenty of snacks and light bites. I’d already eaten, but passengers in first class can use the on-board wi-fi to order from a selection of meals to be brought straight to their seat.

Service: Check-in at the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International (where my journey started) was smooth and efficient despite long queues. Plenty of SNCF staff are on hand at Paris Montparnasse to help with any ticket queries, and the guard on the way to Bordeaux was friendly, helpful and well informed.

What else: Wi-fi is available for the whole length of the Paris-Bordeaux journey, which now takes just over two hours. Seats have plug sockets, USB charging points and dimmer lights as well as a spacious table tray.

Route: Paris to Bordeaux
Class: First Class
Journey time: 2h 04m
Coach: EuroDuplex
Contact: voyages-sncf.com
Verdict: 8/10

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