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

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TER train



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.

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.

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Printing guide

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.

A class apart

Classes of service

Classes and facilities offered by TER
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.

Travel forum

From our travel community

Travelling from strasbourg to florence with a 2year old We will be traveling from Strasbourg to Florence with our 2 year old. Is there enough room for her to share a seat in 1st class? or should we purchase a seat for her?

Hazel B. | 2017/07/28 answered | 0 Comments
Too early to book ? Have previously registered for 2 people to travel from St. Petersburg to Helsinki for travel on 12th October 2017. I received an email notification that I can now book this and there is a link to the main website to book. When trying to book (...)

Reg R. | 2017/07/14 answered | 0 Comments
Travelling by train from amsterdam to interlaken - which route and which travel pass Hi, I'm looking at travelling from Amsterdam to Interlaken. the two options for routes are: [ol][li]Thalys Amsterdam to Paris Nord, changing to Paris Gare De Lyon for TGV to Basel, Switzerland, with a 5-minute train change to an IC train for (...)

Shane P. | 2017/06/06 answered | 2 Comments
What train pass will i need for intra spain, paris to belgium to the netherlands and then intra netherlands? I want to travel through Spain - Barcelona to Valencia, Valencia to Madrid, Madrid to Seville. Then I want to travel from Paris, France to Brussels, Belgium and then Amsterdam. From Amsterdam to The Hague, Delft and back to Amsterdam. What type (...)

fay p. | 2017/04/09 answered | 2 Comments
Title Fastest route from Barcelona to Milan on a Sat, 25th Nov.

Michael D. | 2017/04/07 answered | 0 Comments

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Reviews & ratings

  • Value for money
    Easy arrangements | Margaret k. | 2017/01/14
    "Rail Europe website easy to use. Was a bit anxious that there was only 16 minutes break between connection ting train on different platform - made it by 2 minutes as first train was late - but made it! Would have preferred to have larger gap, but all worked out ok. "

  • French regional train | . | 2017/01/11
    "Paper ticket. Regional train a bit overcrowded because of holiday season. Pleasant enough otherwise. "

  • Straightforward trip | . | 2017/01/11
    "Easy booking but paper ticket issued in this instance. 2bd class train was comfortable with pleasant coastal views en route. "

  • Value for money
    A short but memorable trip | Kenneth g. | 2016/12/31
    "This was a short but important sector of a longer trip. We were completely satisfied. "

  • Value for money
    Transfer | Desmond g. | 2016/12/14
    "Comfortable and quick "

  • Value for money
    Train | Michael t. | 2016/11/28
    "Good reliable service. "

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    Rail | Michael t. | 2016/11/20
    "Great trip - easy travel centre to centre. "

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    Narbonne to Carcassonne | Jane r. | 2016/11/03
    "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. "

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    Brugge - Kortruk Train. | Janis w. | 2016/11/02
    "Straightforward, efficient way of travelling across the country. "

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    Very useful | Paul j. | 2016/10/28
    "Much better than driving to Paris . Easy access to taxi at Montparnasse "

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Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Can I purchase seat reservations from Rail Europe once I’m already traveling in Europe?

  • Q. Do the prices quoted on the website include all fees and taxes?

  • Q. How fast can I receive my travel documents?

  • Q. What types of sleeping compartments or accommodations are available on overnight trains?

  • Q. Why do some German station names have extra characters in the station name?

  • Q. Can I choose a specific seat on a train when making my reservation?

  • Q. What do I do with my luggage?

  • Q. Do trains offer facilities for handicapped passengers?

  • Q. When I board the train, can I sit anywhere I want?

  • Q. Are there discounts on train tickets?

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