French trains : Intercités

French trains : Intercités

Intercités trains serve more than 300 destinations in France both day and night.

  • Book up to 90 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • Regional trains

An Intercités train in the countryside


French trains : Intercités

The TER trains in France usually operate along shorter routes, while the TGV takes travelers quickly and efficiently on longer journeys. But what about the medium-distance journeys ?

Intercités trains (Intercity in English) operate on routes which are not served by TGV, the French high-speed trains. All Intercités trains are operated by SNCF, the French national railway company.

Most Intercités trains operate during the day but a number of them also operate during the night, usually from 8pm to 7am. Intercités trains require seat reservations on most routes.

When traveling on board the Intercités routes during the night, you can opt for a reclining seat or berth. Intercity night trains have private areas for solo travelers, couples, families or friends. For women travelling alone, it is also possible to book a compartment with other female travelers.

Tickets and passholder reservations for these trains can be booked 90 days in advance.

Practical information

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Print @ home

Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.

Print @ Station

Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.

Booking :
  • French trains : Intercités tickets are open for booking 90 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

A class apart

Classes of service

Services & amenities offered by Intercités
Second class First class
Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.
Ergonomic seats Enjoy the journey while sitting in a comfortable ergonomic seat.
Private cabins Up to 3 travelers can enjoy the comfort of a private cabin on board Intercités night trains.
6-bed cabinsShare a cabin with friends or other travelers in an economical 6-bed compartment on board Intercités night trains.
Power sockets Keep your phone, laptop, or other devices charged while sitting in your seat.
Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.
4-bed cabin Special cabins to accommodate up to four travelers on Intercités night trains.
Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy leather seat with headrest.


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