French trains: Intercités
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- Regional trains
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|
|Les Aubrais Orleans||Paris||00:57||AU$ 16|
|Paris||Culmont Chalindre||02:44||AU$ 41|
|St Amand Montrond||Paris||02:58||AU$ 64|
|St Quentin||Paris||01:22||AU$ 16|
|Verneuil Sur Avre||Paris||01:02||AU$ 17|
|Villedieu Poules||Paris||02:38||AU$ 23|
|Montlucon Localit||Paris||03:46||AU$ 31|
|Bar Sur Aube||Paris||02:04||AU$ 33|
|Vendeuvre Local||Paris||01:50||AU$ 36|
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
Before you board
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. Passes are non-transferable as travelers name appears on the Railpass, and are valid for 6 months from date of purchase, which offers you the opportunity to reschedule your trip.
- A. The Swiss Travel Pass must be used within 6 months of the date of purchase.It is a pre-validated pass, i.e. at the time of booking, you will be asked to indicate your first travel date.
- A. Yes, non-smoking cars are available on all trains. Most high- speed trains are now completely non-smoking and all reservations are requested in non-smoking coaches when both options are available. There is no smoking on all trains in France, Italy, Norway, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Switzerland.
Q. Can I borrow my travel partner’s rail pass if I prefer visiting Prague and that my partner wants to visit Hamburg?A. No, this is not possible as the extension must be accompanied by your nominative rail pass bearing your passport number, name and country of residence.
- A. The BritRail Family Pass allows one child between the ages of 5 and 15 to travel free with an adult or senior BritRail Pass holder.
Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Thalys (Paris to Brussels and Amsterdam)?A. First class on the Thalys offers large comfortable reclining seats and drinks and a light snack served at your seat. Second class on the Thalys offers generous legroom and a selection of drinks and snacks at your seat that are available for purchase.
- 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. Some passes may be purchased in Europe at a higher cost. It is best to place your order before you departure to ensure that you have your paper documents in hand.
Q. I've purchased a single country pass. What do I do if I decide to visit an additional, bordering country?A. Your railpass covers you to the border city of the country you are traveling in. You will need to purchase additional tickets to travel in any country not covered on your pass. If you are planning to travel to more than one city, you may want to consider upgrading your pass to cover an additional country.
- A. If you board a direct overnight train that departs after 7:00pm, then you use only 1 day on your pass. However, when marking the day of use for that train, be sure to mark the next day's date. If your overnight train requires a train change before midnight, then you will use 2 travel days.
answered | Posted by Alan A. | Comments 0 | Created: 29/01/2015
Reviews & ratings French trains: Intercités
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- "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 ...
- "Good convenient service" Peter s. 27/06/2016
Direct with few stops. It was a fast efficient transfer into Paris Gare Nord. Value for money Convenience
- "Train Trip to Tours" Neil c. 05/06/2016
Very difficult getting luggage up and down stairs at station No internet on train. Value for money Convenience
- "Travel to Tour WW1 Battlefield" John l. 27/05/2016
A very efficient trip although we arrived a little late. The return to Paris Nord was excellent on time and very comfortable. John, Penny Peter Value for money Convenience