France Intercités trains are the quickest and most comfortable link via rail service between major towns and cities across the country. There are 340 Intercités trains operating day and night on medium and long-distance routes. Be on of the 100,000 daily passengers from to the region of your choice.
Here is an idea of some Intercités train links: Paris to other parts of France: Rouen (1 hour 10 min), Caen (1 hour 47 min), Le Havre (2 hours 10 min), Amiens (1 hour 08 min), Troyes (1 hour 22 min), Orléans (1 hour 03 min).
There are many cross country, city-to-city links between French regions, including service West <> East: between Bordeaux-Lyon. North <> South: Quimper-Nantes-Bordeaux-Toulouse and Lyon-Tours-Nantes
The classic French Intercités trains 367 stations with overnight trains saving you money on hotels.
- When to Book your Reservation
You can generally book an Intercite ticket up to 90 days before departure. The cheapest fares are those booked as early as possible for travel at less frequented times: Mondays through Thursday and Saturday.
- How to Book your Reservation
For non French residents the easiest way to book France and European Rail is via the official secure websites established for this purpose. All the 'Buy Now' links to purchase rail tickets on BonjourLaFrance will direct you to the specific site for you country.
This has a number of advantages. Firstly, purchasing on such a site protects you from fraud and secondly these sites all have customer services in your language for your peace of mind. These services are accessible via the 'help' (or similar) links you'll find on the respective sites.
- Where to Book your Reservation
Click your country link 90 days before you travel for the most savings and peace of mind. To book a train pick your country of reference below. Buy all your Tickets online. CLICK on the link for your home country to see information in your language and check Real Time Schedules, Prices and Travel Times and make A SECURE PURCHASE.
France and European City to City Train Tickets:
Train travel offers you downtown to downtown comfortable and efficient rail service. No hassle with early arrivals, delays, and luggage security checks. You can take unlimited weight and reasonably bulky items on board. European rail is the way to travel and really see the French countryside. USA > UK > Argentina > Australia > Belgium-Fr > Belgium-Nl > Brazil > Canada > France > France Promotions > France Groups 10-30 people > GCC Countries > Germany > Hong Kong > India > Israel > Italy > Japan-Jp > Mexico, Central America, Caribbean > Netherlands > New Zealand > Singapore > South Africa > Spain > Switzerland-Fr > Switzerland-De > Rest of the world (English) > Rest of the world (Español) > 中国 > 香港 > 日本 > 한국 > 新加坡
If you are traveling by train on 5 different days or more in one or a few European countries then buying a European Rail Pass could be to your budgetary advantage compared to ‘point-to-point' tickets. Click below to see Rail Pass options. For European citizens use the point-to-point links above, the Rail Pass access is on the same page. USA > Argentina > Australia > Brazil > Canada > GCC Countries > Hong Kong > India > Israel > Japan-Jp > Mexico, Central America, Caribbean > New Zealand > Singapore > South Africa > Rest of the world (English) > Rest of the world (Español) > 中国 > 香港 > 日本 > 한국 > 新加坡
- Service Classes
Intercités trains are designed for your well-being and comfort with onboard conveniences, personalized services, and include a variety of pleasing, welcoming spaces designed for your travel comfort.
SNCF trains that require reservations have two options:
> 1st class: You can choose a single seat, two seats side by side, or a group of four seats
> 2nd class: You can choose side-by-side or facing seats
In some cases, you can also choose to sit in forward- or rear-facing seats, as well as on the upper or lower level of the train.
For overnight travel, choices are between reclining seats or couchettes. Overnight Intercités trains also offer private areas designed for individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends. Women travelling alone can also book a compartment for women only.
Other amenities include: ergonomic adjustable seats in both 1st and 2nd class, reading lights, recharging outlets for electronic devices at every 1st class seat and many 2nd class seats. There are folding trays for your computer or a meal. There's plenty of luggage space, food services and even bike storage space on selected trains.
- Mobility access
France Train stations are open day and night as long as there are departures and arrivals. They do close at night when there is no train traffic, even in the major Paris stations. You cannot spend the night in a train station waiting for an early morning departure.
To access your train, look for the Information Boards, generally electronic nowadays, in the station. There are separate Boards for Departures and Arrivals. They are arranged in chronological order and will have information if there is a delay. For Departures look for your platform ('quai' in French) from which your train departs. To get to a platform you might have to take a passageway UNDER the tracks, this will be indicated.
When travelling from A to B, you might have to change train and the timetable could indicate you only have 7 or 10 minutes to do so. This is easy to do. Just gather your belonging and wait beside the door to be the first off the train and then look for an information board to find your new train and its platform. I suggest you ask one of the train agents for information before you board your first train or on the train when they check your ticket. Often, they can tell you the new platform.
You can travel with your pets, bike or lots of luggage. It's a delight!
Whether you have a single carry-on or several suitcases, your luggage is easily handled both in the staion and on board.
On board: Intercite has luggage areas for your bags next to your seat, overhead and at each end of your car for bigger bags. You should label them with your name and address.
Porters: Because of 'baggage with wheels' they’re not too available anymore. However at Paris Gare de Lyon station they can help carry your luggage. You'll identify these porters by their “Service en gare” badge. This service is free of charge.
Trolleys: Luggage trolleys can be found at key points near stations and platforms. They are free to use but you might need a 1 Euro coin to access them... returned when you're finished.
- Lost & Found
RECEPTION AND STORAGE OF LOST PROPERTY
Lost property in stations and trains is kept for one month in the lost property office of the station in which the item was retrieved or the destination station for objects forgotten in the train.
Perishable or dangerous substances are immediately destroyed.
COLLECTING DECLARATIONS OF LOSSES
The lost property offices are authorized to receive declarations of losses.
Now, you can draw up a declaration of loss online.
SEARCH FOR MATCHES
A national database of objects found in trains and stations compares in real time the objects registered by the SNCF personnel in the station and the objects declared as lost by customers.
The searches continue for at most one month from the date of declaration of loss.
LOST PROPERTY: CONTACT THE CUSTOMER
If your object is found, you are informed of this by email or by phone.
You can then retrieve it in the station where it was delivered or receive it at home if you wish.
Your object will be returned to you upon presentation of identification and in return for the payment of a retrieval tax of 5€ or 10€ depending on the value of the object. This tax contributes to the administrative costs of the Lost Property service. Shipping expenses will also be charged if it is sent to your home.
WHAT BECOMES OF LOST PROPERTY THAT IS NOT RETRIEVED?
If the object is not returned to the owner within a period of 1 month, it will be handed over to the Administration des Domaines (government department which manages state-owned land and property), disposed of to a charitable organization or destroyed.
- Food, Snacks & Drinks
Aboard Intercités trains you can order a boxed meal which you'll receive at your seat. Order online up to 72 hours before train departure. Service available aboard daytime Intercités trains requiring booking and overnight Intercités departing from Paris.
You have a choice of six different menus (prices may vary): classic breakfast for €5.40, gourmet breakfast for €7.90,
duck sandwich menu from artisan baker Gontran Cherrier for €9.90, fresh market menu for €16.50, seafood menu for €16.50, fruit & veggie menu menu for €13.90
- Pets onboard
For your pet along, book his ticket when you book your own. You're allowed up to two pets or two containers per person on all SNCF trains except Eurostar. Dogs for visually impaired passengers travel free.
If your pet weighs less than 6 kg:
> She must travel in a bag or basket no larger than 45 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm
> Her fare is about €7 on Intercités trains
If your dog or other pet weighs more than 6 kg:
> Your dog must wear a muzzle during the entire journey
> Her fare is 50% of the full 2nd class fare (even if you travel in 1st class) on TGV, Intercités and TER trains
> Pet-specific fares are available on other types of train
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