TER – France

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    TER for regional outings and day-to-day transport in your favourite region of France.

    5,000 TER stations and stops provide real-time traffic information, with passenger information screens installed at over 650 stops.

    Bicycle on board—with TER
    It’s eco-friendly, convenient—and free. Bring your bike aboard your TER train, and explore the delights of your region.

    To top off TERs, imagine winding your way through lush landscapes, across picture-perfect mountains, or along a fascinating coastline in one of France’s legendary touring trains—La Ligne des Hirondelles, Le Tire-Bouchon or the Mont Blanc Express. In partnership with their respective regions, these unique lines take you on a journey through history and regional traditions promoting eco-tourism. There’s a choice of ten memorable journeys to explore these protected areas—reachable only by train.

    Touring trains:
    10 regional lines—some open only in season, others all year round—carry you into landscapes steeping with history and overflowing with unspoiled natural beauty.
    unique tours: Corsica’s Bastia-Ajaccio line between the mountains and the sea, the Vallée des Merveilles, Mont Blanc, Mont-Saint-Michel and the Dôle-St Claude line with its defying gorge-spanning viaducts. Truly exceptional train travel.

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    When to Book:

    You can generally book a TER 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 easily and safely book your tickets:

    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 Tickets and Reservations:

    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

    Train Passes:

    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 Levels:

    Most TER trains have a single class: Second class. This is very comfortable for an enjoyable trip. A few have First class with two notable differences, the seats are a little wider and there there are fewer people.

    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 your 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: TER 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.

    Bicycle on board—with TER
    It’s eco-friendly, convenient—and free. Bring your bike aboard your TER train, and explore the delights of your region.

    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.

    The lost property offices are authorized to receive declarations of losses.
    Now, you can draw up a declaration of loss online.

    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.

    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.

    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 Service:

    It is perfectly normal to bring your own food and to eat on the TER trains, especially those on longer journeys. There are no food services on board so bring a sandwich, beverages or a full picnic. Bon appetit.


    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.

    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 TER 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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