French trains: Intercités

French trains: Intercités

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

French trains: Intercités

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

Intercités are medium distance trains operating on routes which are not served by TGV, the French high speed trains. They are referred as Intercity in English. All Intercités trains are operated by SNCF, the French national railway company. Most Intercités trains operate during the day but a number of them also operate during the night, usually from 8pm to 7am. Intercités trains require seat reservation on most routes.

When travelling on board the Intercités during the night, you can opt for a reclining seat or berth. Intercity night trains have private areas for solo travellers, couples, families or friends. For women travelling alone, it is also possible to book a compartment with other female travellers.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Main routesTravel time

Paris Villedieu Po (lo) 02:33 $26
Briouze Paris 01:56 $59
Vesoul Paris 03:13 $34
Etaples Le Touquet Paris 02:23 $26
Compiegne Paris 00:45 $26
Paris Vendeuvre Local 01:44 $34
Romilly Paris 01:11 $38
Paris Abbeville 01:43 $17
Orleans Paris 00:57 $17
Paris Rang Du Fliers 02:10 $26
Vierzon Paris 01:43 $26
Cambrai Paris 02:06 $55
Paris Salbris 01:25 $49
Paris Boulogne 02:42 $26
St Amand Montrond Paris 02:58 $72
Amiens Paris 01:06 $17
Paris Montbeliard 04:02 $53
Culmont Chalindre Paris 02:48 $26
Paris Nogent Sur Seine 00:57 $25
Vire Paris 02:23 $26
Montlucon Localit Paris 03:46 $34
Noyelles Paris 01:59 $33
Folligny Paris 02:59 $77
Paris Granville 02:52 $26
Paris Troyes 01:23 $17
Lure Paris 03:34 $34
Paris Verneuil Sur Avre 01:01 $17
Argentan Paris 01:40 $26
Paris Flers 02:03 $26
Surdon Paris 01:37 $50
Paris Les Aubrais Orleans 00:57 $17
Bourges Paris 02:04 $26
L'aigle Paris 01:13 $17
St Quentin Paris 01:22 $17
Chauny Paris 01:16 $36
Paris Creil 00:27 $17
Dreux Paris 00:45 $25
Chaumont Paris 02:13 $26
Paris Longueau 00:59 $17

Booking and printing options

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.

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.

Print @ Station

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

Seat Reservation :
  • Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

Experience the service

Before boarding

All major cities and towns are served by the Intercités regional trains.


Classes and facilities offered by Intercités
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.
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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  • "Good and punctual trip"    
    Everything was fine during this trip, the train was on time and we didn't have problems. I expected the train would have wifi connection, so was I bit disappointed to find out it didn't, but that was ok for a short journey.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great train ride"    
    It was simple to catch and well organized at St Lazare. Trip was very pleasant on board and arrived on schedule. Train itself clean and comfortable    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Le Havre to Paris great value"    
    Best way to travel from Normandy direct to the centre of Paris, and the best value - choose first class and book early    Convenience
  • "Overall is good"    
    Overall the trip was good. The train is clean and on time and comfortable. The things that can be improved as in any where else in France is the announcement in English, it would be so so much better for us tourists who doesn't understand a word of French. But I see there are sign boards with Chinese and English put up compare to 2011 when I first came, I know the authority are trying their best. Another thing would be the publication of platform, the platform for Rouen was not displayed properly, took us some time to figure out and luckily we manage to get on the train on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Difficulty of a stranger"    
    Since I don't speak french I was misdirectected and so find myself in a wrong train only to realize at the end of the journey. I have to take another train back to Tours. It is part of life experience.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Holiday Rail Trip"    
    The train was on time. The carriage and seats were clean. Unable to adjust the headrest or the seat itself in any of the three seats assigned and this caused serious discomfort for one of us. She had to sit at an angle in the seat for the entire journey. The headrest protruded too far forward for her. While not comfortable for the other two, it was manageable. This spoiled the journey as we had opted for first-class on the train. The train was delayed for approx 40 mins over the journey. Thankfully we had not planned to make a connection that day.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent trrip"    
    The trains are comfortable, on time and very convenient    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Delay"    
    This is the 2nd time we delay with this route. The 1st ime is 2 years a go with the same route.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Initial confusion"    
    It needs to be made clear that Biarritz means Bayonne station. We arrived in good time at Biarritz station to find there was no departure listed to go to Toulouse. Slight panic! The station attendant told us to get on the next train which took us to Bayonne. We arrived 10 minutes after the departure time shown on our ticket but after half an hour wait we boarded the next train to Toulouse.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Damien to Paris"    
    Very good accommodation, on time, easy to arrange.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable easy travelling"    
    Trains were on time, well ventilated, good seating and adequate toilet facilities. The booking process was simple and there was no need to 'check-in'. The only difficulty we had was in knowing which carriage was which, as they didn't appear to have numbers on which related to the ticket, so we had to ask a fellow passenger.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Wrong info regarding serving"    
    NO restaurant or serving on Board which rail Europe said it would be. We planned to have breakfast onboard.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Langres to Paris"    
    It was more comfortable than the Eurostar.    Value for money  Convenience
    Had a very good experience recently on the Rail Europe. It set out on time, train was clean, comfortable and efficient. Will definitely take it again whenever I am in Europe.  
  • "Paris to Troyes - Bicycle Back"    
    I made sure I got up early enough to enjoy my morning ablution and steal a few minutes in the hotel dining room before heading off to Gard d' Est. The woman in the Info booth pointed me toward the proper platform. I entered the train with my bike and leaned it against the inside of the carriage - no problem. The trip to Troyes was uneventful. The bicycle ride back has already been added to a substantial list entitled, "Another Great Day in the Life of...."    Value for money  Convenience
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