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||Rang Du Fliers||02:10||AU$ 22|
|Paris||Vendeuvre Local||01:44||AU$ 30|
|Culmont Chalindre||Paris||02:48||AU$ 22|
|Montlucon Localit||Paris||03:46||AU$ 30|
|Paris||Verneuil Sur Avre||01:01||AU$ 15|
|Paris||Les Aubrais Orleans||00:57||AU$ 15|
|Paris||Bar Sur Aube||01:59||AU$ 31|
|St Quentin||Paris||01:22||AU$ 15|
|Paris||St Amand Montrond||02:55||AU$ 61|
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
Q. How do I file a request to receive reimbursement through the Rail Protection Plan if there has been loss or theft ?A. Pass/ticket holders must file a police report within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident. Pass/ticket holders may purchase a replacement rail pass or rail tickets in order to continue with his/her travel plans. Upon return to your country, pass/tickets holder must submit a request to Rail Europe within thirty (30) days including a police report, replacement passes or tickets purchased abroad, airline tickets to/from Europe. A brief explanation of the situation is also necessary to better evaluate the traveler request form.
- A. Discounted Senior rates for travelers 60 and older are available on the following passes: Balkan Flexipass-1st class BritRail Consecutive and Flexipass 1st class, BritRail England Consecutive and Flexipass 1st Class France Rail Pass, 1st Class Eurail Ireland Pass - 2nd Class Eurail Romania Pass - 1st class
Q. What are the differences between a Single, Double, T2, T3, T4, and couchette on overnight trains?A. Sleeper accommodations vary according to amenities and the number of people occupying the compartment. The name or number advises how many beds are in each room. A couchette (pronounced "koo-SHET") is normally usually in 2nd Class. A couchette accommodates 6 passengers, male and female, and offers no amenities. Keep in mind that some compartments are gender specific unless the compartment is booked in full. For more information about sleepers please visit our how to book sleepers page.
- A. No. A ticket allows you to board the train, but does not guarantee you a seat. You must make a seat reservation to have a guaranteed seat on the train. NOTE: On certain trains tickets and reservations are sold together as one ticket.
- A. ICE trains link major German cities from Cologne in the west to Berlin in the east. But they also cross borders and go into France, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands.
- A. In Comfort1 (First class), drinks and meal are included in the price of your Thalys ticket and served at your seat. Meal includes a choice of drinks, cold starter and main course, but also bread and dessert. In Thalys Comfort 2 (second class), you will get access to a bar-buffet car which offers a variety of food and refreshments.
- A. In most cases, railpasses are not accepted on city transportation systems such as buses and subways. Passes will generally cover local commuter trains that are above ground. The exception to this is the Swiss Pass, which is valid for transportation in 37 Swiss cities.
- A. A youth pass is valid for any traveler who is 27 years of age and younger.
- A. On-board Eurostar, you are allowed two medium-sized cases (85cm at their longest length), and one piece of hand luggage per passenger. Any luggage over the allowance will be counted as excess luggage and will incur a fee. This will be arranged at the Eurostar terminal on your arrival.
- A. First class on the Talgo Day offers large comfortable reclining seats and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase. Second class on the Talgo Day offers generous legroom and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase.
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 ...