France - Intercite

Intercite Network Map

France Intercités trains are the quickest and most comfortable link via rail service between major towns and cities across the country. There are 340 Intercités trains operating day and night on medium and long-distance routes. Be one of the 100,000 daily passengers from to the region of your choice.

Here is an idea of some Intercités train links: Paris to other parts of France: Rouen (1 hour 10 min), Caen (1 hour 47 min), Le Havre (2 hours 10 min), Amiens (1 hour 08 min), Troyes (1 hour 22 min), Orléans (1 hour 03 min).

There are many cross country, city-to-city links between French regions, including service West <> East: between Bordeaux-Lyon. North <> South: Quimper-Nantes-Bordeaux-Toulouse and Lyon-Tours-Nantes

The classic French Intercités trains 367 stations with overnight trains saving you money on hotels.

Booking Intercite Trains

When to book?

How to book?

For non French residents the easiest way to book France and European Rail is via the official secure websites established for this purpose. All the ‘Buy Now’ links to purchase rail tickets on BonjourLaFrance will direct you to the specific site for you country.

This has a number of advantages. Firstly, purchasing on such a site protects you from fraud and secondly these sites all have customer services in your language for your peace of mind. These services are accessible via the ‘help’ (or similar) links you’ll find on the respective sites.

Booking Intercite Service


On board: Intercite has luggage areas for your bags next to your seat, overhead and at each end of your car for bigger bags. You should label them with your name and address.

Porters: At Paris Gare de Lyon station they can help carry your luggage free of charge. You’ll identify these porters by their “Service en gare” badge.

Trolleys: You might need a 1 Euro coin to access trolleys but this is returned when you’re finished.


Book your pet’s ticket when you book your own. You’re allowed up to two pets or two containers per person on all SNCF trains except Eurostar. Dogs for visually impaired passengers travel free.

If your pet weighs less than 6 kg: She must travel in a bag or basket no larger than 45 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm. Her fare is about €7 on Intercités trains.

If your dog or other pet weighs more than 6 kg: Your dog must wear a muzzle during the entire journey. Her fare is 50% of the full 2nd class fare (even if you travel in 1st class) on TGV, Intercités and TER trains.

Pet-specific fares are available on other types of train.


France Train stations close at night when there is no train traffic, even in the major stations. You cannot spend the night in a train station.

There are separate information Boards (generally electronic) for Departures and Arrivals, they will have information if there is a delay. For Departures, look for ‘quai’ (platform). To get to a platform you might have to take a passageway UNDER the tracks, this will be indicated.


Aboard Intercités trains you can order a boxed meal which you’ll receive at your seat. Order online up to 72 hours before train departure.

You have a choice of six different menus (prices may vary): classic breakfast for €5.40, gourmet breakfast for €7.90, duck sandwich menu from artisan baker Gontran Cherrier for €9.90, fresh market menu for €16.50, seafood menu for €16.50, fruit & veggie menu menu for €13.90.

Lost & Found

Lost property in stations and trains is kept for one month in the lost property office of the station in which the item was retrieved or the destination station for objects forgotten in the train. Perishable or dangerous substances are immediately destroyed.

You can draw up a declaration of loss online at:

If your object is found, you are informed of this by email or by phone. You can then retrieve it in the station where it was delivered or receive it at home if you wish.

For the return of your property, you will need to provide identification and pay a retrieval tax of 5€ or 10€ depending on the value of the object. Shipping expenses will also be charged if it is sent to your home.

If the object is not returned to the owner within a period of 1 month, it will be handed over to the Administration des Domaines, disposed of to a charitable organization or destroyed.

Service Levels

Type of class

1st class: You can choose a single seat, two seats side by side, or a group of four seats
2nd class: You can choose side-by-side or facing seats.
In some cases, you can also choose to sit in forward- or rear-facing seats, as well as on the upper or lower level of the train.

For overnight travel, choices are between reclining seats or couchettes. Overnight Intercités trains also offer private areas designed for individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends. Women travelling alone can also book a compartment for women only.

Other amenities include: ergonomic adjustable seats in both 1st and 2nd class, reading lights, recharging outlets for electronic devices at every 1st class seat and many 2nd class seats. There are folding trays for your computer or a meal. There’s plenty of luggage space, food services and even bike storage space on selected trains.

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