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  • Book up to 120 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • Regional trains


TER are regional trains serving every major cities and small towns in France.

Regional trains are known as TER in France, although they are also referred to as local trains. Each region of France operates its own fleet of TER, which stands for Transport Express Régional in French. All trains are operated by the SNCF, the French railway company. TER are modern and comfortable trains, making it the most authentic way to travel from city to city without the need to rush.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Main routesTravel time

Nice Milan 00:47 AU$ 14
Paris Lyon 05:06 AU$ 100
Nice Marseille 02:34 AU$ 53
Lyon Avignon 02:21 AU$ 52
Avignon Marseille 01:10 AU$ 31
Paris Dijon 02:52 AU$ 70
Lyon Marseille 03:34 AU$ 75
Nice Monaco 00:14 AU$ 14
Toulouse Avignon 04:00 AU$ 72
Avignon Montpellier 01:06 AU$ 27
Montpellier Marseille 01:52 AU$ 44
Toulouse Bordeaux 02:51 AU$ 58
Dijon Lyon 02:04 AU$ 47
Montpellier Toulouse 02:44 AU$ 55
Luxembourg Basel 03:54 AU$ 36
Rouen Paris 01:33 AU$ 36
Frankfurt Strasbourg 03:57 AU$ 14
Lille Brugge 01:19 AU$ 27
Strasbourg Zurich 03:10 AU$ 14
Frankfurt Mulhouse 03:36 AU$ 14
Strasbourg Basel 01:18 AU$ 14
Chalons En Champagne Paris 01:33 AU$ 42
Bonneval Paris 01:15 AU$ 31
La Ferte-bernard Paris 01:52 AU$ 42
Paris Orry La Ville Coy 00:17 AU$ 14
Soissons Paris 01:04 AU$ 28
Paris Vendome 02:04 AU$ 44
Serquigny Paris 01:43 AU$ 39
Flers Paris 02:39 AU$ 56
Paris Beauvais 01:10 AU$ 22
Nogent Le Rotrou Paris 01:39 AU$ 37
Chateaudun Paris 01:26 AU$ 34
Paris Le Mans 02:17 AU$ 48
Chatel Censoir Paris 02:19 AU$ 50

Booking and printing options

Booking :
  • TER tickets are open for booking 120 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

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Print @ home

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Seat reservation :
  • Free placement

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Before you board

TER regional trains serve every train stations in all major cities and smaller towns in France.


Classes and facilities offered by TER
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.

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  • "Comfortable"    
    A quiet regional trip    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Avignon TGV to Avignon Centre"    
    The Avignon TGV station did not have proper signage and we were unable to find the train to Avignon Centre so we caught a taxi  
  • "Train from Nice to Milan"    
    Difficult to access platforms and boarding train with cases due to many steps.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Going backwards to go forwards"    
    Whilst on time and the coach was clean, it lacked the electronic add-ons that would have assisted an international traveller some piece of mind, ie., no up-coming destination monitor to indicate which stations/gare were about to be arriving at. As the train stops so briefly at the various embarkation platforms, without prior warning it was difficult to determine when the disembarkation station had been reached. This caused me to disembark prematurely before my destination station , Antibes. (This old rolling stock was difficult to get heavy suitcases on board and off when disembarking)    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Quick"    
    Nice trip everything on time and very comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "On time,smooth trip in comfort"    
    I was new to trains in France and found the staff helpful,the trains were clean,comfortable seats, on time, with clear presence of the guard for personal security. I will travel on French trains again for my next trip in 2017. Merci Susanne from Australia    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Day Trip to Normandy"    
    The trip was uncomplicated and quite enjoyable as the countryside is very pleasant. In the last half of the journey there are many half timbered houses to see. St Lazare is better laid out than some other stations in Paris. Will take this trip for a fourth time sometime in the next few years    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A pleasant short trip."    
    We changed trains at Angers with minimum effort and some kind assistance from SNCF staff. A relatively slow trip on a smaller train. Great for seeing the countryside. Left and arrived on time. The lifts on platforms very convenient. Would do this trip again without hesitation.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy transfer"    
    Even in second class, the only class available, travel was most pleasant as there was plenty of room for travellers. Still needs more room for luggage.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TER"    
    Not ALL possibilities for train times were available on the Australian website. We wanted to travel earlier in the day, and ended up jumping an earlier train.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "TER Trip"    
    Great trip. Thank you for your assistance in obtaining our rail tickets. So easy, no need for a travel agent. Everything went like clock work. Will definitely use RailEurope.com in the future.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Annecy"    
    No problems, with an easy change at Aix les Bains with clear details as to which platform we needed to go to.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "nice trip"    
    I found this a very nice trip but I do wish for once I could get it right and get a seat facing the engine    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Bus"    
    No train available and arriving an hour late we were bused to Le Havre. Missed bus to Honfleur because of train delayed. We had to wait an hour and a half for the next local bus. Our hosts in Honfleur were grossly inconvenienced as were we.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Rail is the way to go !"    
    Travelling by rail between cities in France is fast, convenient and economic. You can rely on the timetable and just relax until you reach your destination which is generally close to the center of the town or city.    Value for money  Convenience
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