French trains: Intercités

French trains: Intercités


Intercités trains serve more than 300 destinations in France both day and night.

  • Book up to 90 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • Regional trains


An Intercités train in the countryside


French trains: Intercités

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.

Practical information

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.

Print @ Station

Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.

Booking :
  • 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.

A class apart

Classes of service

Classes and facilities offered by Intercités
First class Second 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.
Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Private cabinIdeal for up to 3 travellers on board Intercity night trains.
4-bed cabinIdeal for a group of 4 travelling together on board Intercity night trains.
6-bed cabinsThe best way for a very comfortable ride in the company of friends or other fellow travellers on board Intercity night trains.

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From our travel community

Traveling from paris to caen Is there a Train traveling direct from Paris to Caen departing Sunday the 5/4/2015, unable find one on the Rail Europe Site. Thanks

Alan A. | 2015/01/29 answered | 0 Comments

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Reviews & ratings

  • Value for money
    Paris to Amiens | Catherine l. | 2016/10/15
    "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. "

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    Quiet | Richard w. | 2016/10/15
    "Very pleasant journey "

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    Out of Paris | Andrew l. | 2016/09/27
    "Train on time and easy boarding "

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    Pleasant Second Class trip | John t. | 2016/09/11
    "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. "

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    Great trip! | Gavin f. | 2016/09/07
    "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. "

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    Comfortable Trip | Dianne c. | 2016/09/03
    "Good Comfortable Trip "

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    Swift trip to Paris | Rodney n. | 2016/08/29
    "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. "

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    Hassle-free travel | Karen m. | 2016/08/27
    "Economical, efficient, comfortable "

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    Trip to explore Rouen | Peter w. | 2016/08/09
    "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. "

  • Intercities | Darryn p. | 2016/08/01
    "East transfer. Comfort ok except for luggage room. No wifi at all. Overall good value for money still. "

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