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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
Lyon Dijon 02:03 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
Chalon Sur Saone Paris 03:44 AU$ 78
Paris Flers 02:43 AU$ 55
Paris L'aigle 01:22 AU$ 36
Paris Verneuil Sur Avre 01:08 AU$ 30
Le Mans Paris 02:17 AU$ 50
Compiegne Paris 00:51 AU$ 22
Paris Beauvais 01:10 AU$ 22
Noyon Paris 01:05 AU$ 28
Nogent Le Rotrou Paris 01:39 AU$ 38
Chateaudun Paris 01:26 AU$ 34
Paris Conches 01:22 AU$ 33

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

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.

Printing guide

Seat reservation :
  • Free placement

Experience the service

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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  • "Train"    
    Good reliable service.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Rail"    
    Great trip - easy travel centre to centre.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Narbonne to Carcassonne"    
    There was no lift at Narbonne Station which meant hauling a suitcase down a flight of steps and then up another flight to the platform for the onward rail journey. Also having done that I had to leave my cases in care of strangers to return to the ticket office to insert my ticket into the little yellow machine. Not terribly convenient. There was no signage in any language except French.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Brugge - Kortruk Train."    
    Straightforward, efficient way of travelling across the country.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very useful"    
    Much better than driving to Paris . Easy access to taxi at Montparnasse    Value for money  Convenience
  • "My First TER"    
    The journey was great, unfortunately the train was late, so a group going on to St Jean Pied de Port arrived at Bayonne after the last train to St Jean, but a bus was provided, so all was well.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy trip to France"    
    This was the second leg of our trip to Lyon and it was an easy way to get to France from Milan. The train was on time and very comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good Service"    
    Good service for a regional train, plenty of room and reasonably quiet    Value for money  Convenience
  • "L’Oc Parfum"    
    Swift and on time journey with comfort and quiet in carriage.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Travel in comfort and style"    
    The convenience and comfort of travelling by rail is amazing. Easy access to stations and clear information regarding trains, time and booking. Always centrally located. Trains are spacious in allocation of seating area and storage of luggage. Very clean and extremely helpful staff.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Okay"    
    Once you try first class you are spoilt. This was fine.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "2 out of 3 ain’t bad"    
    Unlike our other trips, this train seemed to have less leg room - a major issue for those who are 1.8m tall. We had to change at Mulhouse Ville and, with no guidance, we were at the wrong end of our next train when it arrived, which was challenging. Our other two train journeys were both excellent though.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great train trip"    
    We purchased tickets online through Rail Europe. Tickets were delivered promptly in the mail. Train travel in France is relatively easy, reliable and comfortable. Also, quite reasonably priced. I would certainly recommend dealing with Rail Europe to others.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Connecting trip"    
    Nothing flash but was safe trip on clean train in comfortable seating    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train travel"    
    All our trips on rail we excellent,trains were clean and comfortable seating.Easy to negotiate and find platforms  
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