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.

Reviews & ratings

  • Value for money
    Good and punctual trip | Amanda a. | 2017/01/03
    "Everything was fine during this trip, the train was on time and we didn't have problems. I expected the train would have wifi connection, so was I bit disappointed to find out it didn't, but that was ok for a short journey. "

  • Value for money
    Great train ride | Lorna s. | 2016/10/19
    "It was simple to catch and well organized at St Lazare. Trip was very pleasant on board and arrived on schedule. Train itself clean and comfortable "

  • Convenience
    Le Havre to Paris great value | Adrian g. | 2016/10/01
    "Best way to travel from Normandy direct to the centre of Paris, and the best value - choose first class and book early "

  • Value for money
    Overall is good | Thing Thing l. | 2016/09/17
    "Overall the trip was good. The train is clean and on time and comfortable. The things that can be improved as in any where else in France is the announcement in English, it would be so so much better for us tourists who doesn't understand a word of French. But I see there are sign boards with Chinese and English put up compare to 2011 when I first came, I know the authority are trying their best. Another thing would be the publication of platform, the platform for Rouen was not displayed properly, took us some time to figure out and luckily we manage to get on the train on time. "

  • Value for money
    Difficulty of a stranger | Joseph a. | 2016/09/14
    "Since I don't speak french I was misdirectected and so find myself in a wrong train only to realize at the end of the journey. I have to take another train back to Tours. It is part of life experience. "

  • Value for money
    Holiday Rail Trip | Gerard c. | 2016/08/02
    "The train was on time. The carriage and seats were clean. Unable to adjust the headrest or the seat itself in any of the three seats assigned and this caused serious discomfort for one of us. She had to sit at an angle in the seat for the entire journey. The headrest protruded too far forward for her. While not comfortable for the other two, it was manageable. This spoiled the journey as we had opted for first-class on the train. The train was delayed for approx 40 mins over the journey. Thankfully we had not planned to make a connection that day. "

  • Value for money
    Excellent trrip | Eleni m. | 2016/07/31
    "The trains are comfortable, on time and very convenient "

  • Value for money
    Delay | Ivan Wirya c. | 2016/07/29
    "This is the 2nd time we delay with this route. The 1st ime is 2 years a go with the same route. "

  • Value for money
    Initial confusion | Pauline w. | 2016/07/17
    "It needs to be made clear that Biarritz means Bayonne station. We arrived in good time at Biarritz station to find there was no departure listed to go to Toulouse. Slight panic! The station attendant told us to get on the next train which took us to Bayonne. We arrived 10 minutes after the departure time shown on our ticket but after half an hour wait we boarded the next train to Toulouse. "

  • Value for money
    Damien to Paris | David c. | 2016/07/15
    "Very good accommodation, on time, easy to arrange. "

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