French trains: Intercités

French trains: Intercités
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French trains: Intercités

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

Intercités trains operate mainly on routes which are not served by TGV trains. They are mostly used on medium to long distance routes; operating both during the day and at night. As such, Intercités trains operated by the SNCF, require a compulsory seat reservation.

You can choose a comfortable recycling seat or berth when travelling on board the Intercités during the night. The Intercity night trains are equipped with private areas for solo travellers, couples and groups travelling together. There are also compartments which are reserved for women travelling alone or in group.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Main routesTravel time

Vierzon Paris 01:43 AU$24
Paris Salbris 01:25 AU$46
Paris Boulogne 02:42 AU$24
Paris Montbeliard 04:02 AU$49
Culmont Chalindre Paris 02:48 AU$24
Paris Nogent 00:57 AU$23
Vire Paris 02:23 AU$24
Montlucon Localit Paris 03:46 AU$32
Noyelles Paris 01:59 AU$30
Folligny Paris 02:59 AU$71
Lure Paris 03:34 AU$32
Paris Verneuil Sur Avre 01:01 AU$16
Argentan Paris 01:40 AU$24
Surdon Paris 01:37 AU$47
Paris Troyes 01:23 AU$16
Bourges Paris 02:04 AU$24
L'aigle Paris 01:13 AU$16
Paris Les Aubrais Orleans 00:57 AU$16
Chauny Paris 01:16 AU$34
Dreux Paris 00:45 AU$24
Chaumont Paris 02:13 AU$24
Paris Orleans 00:57 AU$16
Paris Bar Sur Aube 01:59 AU$34
Longueau Paris 00:59 AU$16
Granville Paris 02:56 AU$24
Paris St Amand Montrond 02:55 AU$67
Flers Paris 02:06 AU$32
Paris Romilly 01:10 AU$19
Paris Vesoul 03:19 AU$32
Paris Cambrai 01:56 AU$51
Paris Amiens 01:06 AU$16
Paris Belfort 04:02 AU$49
Paris Langres 02:47 AU$51
Paris St Quentin 01:13 AU$31
Tergnier Paris 01:23 AU$35
Creil Paris 00:26 AU$16

Booking and printing options

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.

Printing option(s) :

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.

Seat reservation :
  • Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

Experience the service

Before boarding

Intercités trains serve over 300 destinations in France.


Classes and facilities offered by Intercités
First classSecond class
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Ergonomic seats Cosy with more legroom, ergonomic seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.
Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Private cabinIdeal for up to 3 travellers on board Intercity night trains.
4-bed cabinIdeal for a group of 4 travelling together on board Intercity night trains.
6-bed cabinsThe best way for a very comfortable ride in the company of friends or other fellow travellers on board Intercity night trains.

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Reviews & ratings

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  • "Paris to Amiens"    
    Comfortable journey both ways. We found second class to be very comfortable and came back to Paris first class, which was even more comfortable. Train travel in very efficient in France.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Quiet"    
    Very pleasant journey    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Out of Paris"    
    Train on time and easy boarding    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Pleasant Second Class trip"    
    We were only able to book second class though would have preferred first class at the time. Second class is just a touch grotty and first class was less than half full. Train left and arrived on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great trip!"    
    We traveled from Paris to Amiens for the day to do a Battle Field tour around The Somme. The train was a great way to get to our destination on time and comfortably, and a great way to see the country side too.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable Trip"    
    Good Comfortable Trip    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Swift trip to Paris"    
    The intercity train from Amiens to Paris Nord was a comfortable and very swift trip. We chose to sit in a compartment carriage and had the compartment to ourselves, that made stowing out luggage much easier. Train staff at Amiens were very helpful. Our Hotel was beside the Amiens station about 5 mins to the platform.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Hassle-free travel"    
    Economical, efficient, comfortable    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to explore Rouen"    
    We have mostly good comments about the trip. Suggestions to help other visitors to France: Perhaps there could be better signage to guide travellers moving from metro to RER at Lazare station. Ticket to Rouen, purchased online in Australia, did not mention that we should board a train to a city or town further down the line from Rouen. We actually looked for a train to Rouen on the electronic display. Note that one of your friendly staff on the platform (I think with bright coloured hat) helped guide us before it was too late. Thanks for the chance to provide comments.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Intercities"    
    East transfer. Comfort ok except for luggage room. No wifi at all. Overall good value for money still.  
  • "Intercités"    
    Please note travel date shown on survey is the booking date, actual travel date was 1/7/2016. Easy to use and excellent service. Well done Rail Europe.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train Amsterdam to Tours - 2"    
    Normal Intercity was comfortable and fairly quick. Useful to note that car hire in Tours requires you to get off the Train one stop before Tours Station (at St. Pierre des Corps)    Value for money  Convenience
  • "More convenient than bus"    
    More comfortable and quicker than bus. It is easy to read and look at the view from the train.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very comfortable, good service"    
    A very comfortable journey with good service. The WiFi did not work until we were in Germany.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris–Rouen"    
    train departed on time ... everything else exactly as expected ...  
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