SNCF TGV InOui Atlantique, 1st class, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps – Paris Montparnasse: Dirt in the midst of COVID?

After two enjoyable days in the Loire Castles, it’s time to head back to Paris. Our train is a little late, however, so we set about modifying the return journey and are able to catch the earlier train.

As a reminder, here is the booked itinerary:

1TrainSNCF TGV InOui Atlantique, 1st class, Paris Montparnasse-St Pierre des Corps
2HotelDomaine des Hauts de Loire, Relais et Chateaux
3TrainSNCF TGV InOui Atlantique, 1st class, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps – Paris Montparnasse
Today’s itinerary

Purchase and booking

The exchange was very simple via the Trainline application through which we booked our tickets. Not cheap, but it was last minute.


We arrive at the station about twenty minutes before our scheduled departure, after dropping off our car at Hertz.

The train departs from Tours, and we await its arrival.


The TGV Atlantique cabin in car 2 is made up of mini-compartments, which is quite pleasant.

The latter, on the other hand, is simply disgusting. The dirt is so stubborn that it’s never been cleaned. In COVID times, it doesn’t look good.

The SNCF’s response is… distressing.

Service and catering

No service and bar closed on such a short route.

Arrival and disembarkation

We arrive at Paris-Montparnasse station on time, and take the metro home.

Bottom line

Shame to see such filth on the train during COVID. Uneventful journey. The air conditioning was inoperative in one of the cars.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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