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

  • Book up to 120 days in advance
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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.

Print @ home

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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.

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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. "

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

  • Value for money
    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. "

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

  • Value for money
    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. How early should I arrive at the train station?

  • Q. What other types of services are available at the station?

  • Q. Once on the train platform, how can I find my car? Is there a difference between where first and second class carriages are located or how they look on the outside?

  • Q. My print at station e-ticket was lost or stolen after I printed it. Can I print it again?

  • Q. Are there smoking and non smoking sections on trains?

  • Q. Can I still buy train tickets from you once I’m in Europe?

  • Q. Does taking an overnight train mean using 2 travel days on my rail pass?

  • Q. How do I travel with a print at the station e-ticket?

  • Q. How do I have my train ticket endorsed to indicate it was not used?

  • Q. Who should I contact to book travel for a group of 10 or more people?

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