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 routes||Travel time|
|Paris||Vendeuvre Local||01:44||AU$ 31|
|Paris||Rang Du Fliers||02:10||AU$ 23|
|Les Aubrais Orleans||Paris||00:57||AU$ 16|
|Paris||Culmont Chalindre||02:44||AU$ 40|
|St Amand Montrond||Paris||02:58||AU$ 64|
|Paris||Bar Sur Aube||01:59||AU$ 33|
|St Quentin||Paris||01:22||AU$ 16|
|Verneuil Sur Avre||Paris||01:02||AU$ 17|
|Villedieu Poules||Paris||02:38||AU$ 23|
Booking and printing optionsBooking :
- 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) :
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
Intercités trains serve over 300 destinations in France.
|First class||Second class|
|Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom. small>|
|Ergonomic seats Cosy with more legroom, ergonomic seats are ideal to enjoy the trip. small>|
|Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat. small>|
|Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought. small>|
|Private cabinIdeal for up to 3 travellers on board Intercity night trains. small>|
|4-bed cabinIdeal for a group of 4 travelling together on board Intercity night trains. small>|
|6-bed cabinsThe best way for a very comfortable ride in the company of friends or other fellow travellers on board Intercity night trains. small>|
Interactive Rail Map
- A. TGV Lyria is a high speed train and requires a compulsory reservation. Special pass holder fares are available if you carry a Eurail Pass covering France or Switzerland, Swiss Pass or France Rail Pass but subject to limited availability.
- A. Showers facilities are generally not offered on trains in Europe.
- A. On all domestic routes in France and all international routes that depart from France. When traveling round trip on an international route you will need to print both tickets before you depart. For more detailed information on how to use a French self service kiosk review: How do I retrieve my e-tickets at French train stations?
- A. With a Eurail Italy pass, you can travel on all trains from Trenitalia, the Italian railway company. Just bear in mind that reservation is compulsory on-board Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca, Frecciargento, and Eurostar trains. Overnight trains also require reservation of the sleeping compartments.
- A. Not presently but as soon as European railways introduce e-tickets, we will be able to offer them.
- A. Yes. If you’re on Turista class, you could buy some nice snacks and beverages to a bar buffet car. On Ave First class, a catering service will deliver you some meal and beverages directly to your seat. You could also get access to an A la Carte service at seat and even a bar service.
- A. You can book your ICE train up to 3 months in advance.
- A. The Swiss Family Card is a terrific value that allows children under 16 years of age to travel free when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The card is free, simply request one at the time you purchase your Swiss Pass. If you forget to mention it, then present your Swiss pass before boarding the train at any Swiss train station ticket window, at the time of validation and advise them that you need a Family Card. They will be able to provide you one.
- A. TGV offers two different classes of travel: 1st and 2nd class. Larger seats that recline electronically, power sockets for laptop or mobile phone and access to the bar buffet car are among the main features you will find in TGV first class. In second class, you will enjoy comfortable seats with also an access to the bar-buffet car where you can choose from a vast selection of dishes and beverages.
answered | Posted by Alan A. | Comments 0 | Created: 29/01/2015
Reviews & ratings French trains: Intercités
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- "Paris to Amiens" Catherine l. 15/10/2016
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" Richard w. 15/10/2016
Very pleasant journey Value for money Convenience
- "Out of Paris" Andrew l. 27/09/2016
Train on time and easy boarding Value for money Convenience
- "Pleasant Second Class trip" John t. 11/09/2016
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!" Gavin f. 07/09/2016
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" Dianne c. 03/09/2016
Good Comfortable Trip Value for money Convenience
- "Swift trip to Paris" Rodney n. 29/08/2016
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" Karen m. 27/08/2016
Economical, efficient, comfortable Value for money Convenience
- "Trip to explore Rouen" Peter w. 09/08/2016
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" Darryn p. 01/08/2016
East transfer. Comfort ok except for luggage room. No wifi at all. Overall good value for money still.
- "Intercités" Ian b. 19/07/2016
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" Steve b. 17/07/2016
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" Stephen b. 16/07/2016
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" Terence h. 11/07/2016
A very comfortable journey with good service. The WiFi did not work until we were in Germany. Value for money Convenience
- "Paris–Rouen" Bronwen A p. 03/07/2016
train departed on time ... everything else exactly as expected ...