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Rail travel in France - About French Railways



SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français/French National Railways) is the principal operator of rail passengers services in France and one of the largest companies in the country. Using SNCF services one can visit almost all of France, whether you want to travel between major cities such as Paris or Lyon, and end up in small, colourful town in Province. Wherever you wish to go, SNCF can get you there quickly and comfortably.

SNCF offers various train categories for your travel:

  • TGV - Train à Grande Vitesse (high-speed train)
  • Intercités i Intercités de Nuit (fast inter-city trains)
  • TER - Transport express régional (regional trains)


High speed trains

Your comfortable and rapid travel around France is ensured by trains which can reach the speed of 300 km/h. This the best and most comfortable way to move between the country's major cities, and even travel into neighbouring countries.


TGV

Trains à Grande Vitesse are among the fastest trains in the world, and have become a symbol of France. They move at a speed of between 300 and 320 km/h. Linking Paris with the major centres of the country, including Lyon, Lille and Marseille. TGVs stop at more than 100 stations and reach almost every corner of France.



In spite of their speed, TGV trains are very quiet, and thanks to this you can expect an extremely comfortable trip, whether you wish to relax or do some work.

Each TGV train carries reserved seating, a buffet serving snacks and drinks, a special baby-changing area, accommodation for wheelchair passengers, and a WC accommodating disabled passengers.


1st class

All seats are large and comfortable, have armrests and are controlled electronically. Every traveler has access to a sufficiently large table and to a power socket to comfortably use a laptop or charge a mobile phone. If you need a little privacy, for example, to use a mobile phone, there is a separate room with a small couch in each coach.












2nd class

All seats are fitted with armrests. The passenger has access to a fixed or fold-out table, allowing the use of a laptop. Some seats have a power socket. In every car there are two toilets, and the end of the train there is a baby-changing area.

Traditional trains

There are traditional, non-high-speed trains, travelling to places not served by the TGV network. You can travel to every corner of the country while enjoying the scenery of France.


Intercités (daytime inter-city trains)

Intercités are a network of long-distance trains connecting more than 330 French cities. They operate in the day. On most services it is possible to reserve seats, and a buffet car is available.


Intercités de Nuit (intercity night trains)

Riding the night train is the best way to maximize your travel time in France—travel and sleep through the night to save time and avoid a hotel stay. The wagons and couchettes are extremely comfortable and offer travelers maximum privacy. After a night on the train you'll be refreshed and ready to continue your journey. Professional and friendly staff will welcome you on board and take care of every detail to make your journey a pleasure. If you wish, the train attendant will wake you at a certain time.













When you board the train, your comfortable berth will already be waiting for you. You will also get ear plugs and hygienic towelettes. In first-class compartments on the way to and from Paris, the attendant will serve you breakfast, included in the price of the ticket.

For your peace and security, all compartments are equipped with locks.

In addition to couchette compartments, you can also travel in special reclining seats that will guarantee you comfort. The seat can recline to 45 degrees, and has a footrest and headrest. A personal light allows you to read or work, without disturbing other passengers.


If you are traveling with friends or family, it is no problem to book the whole compartment for your group. In first class, there are four beds, and the second class there are six.

Even if you are traveling alone, or two or three people, you can book the whole compartment for yourselves! Each person will pay the lowest price possible for your own ticket, along with a flat-rate fee for booking the entire compartment.



Especially for solo female travellers

You are a woman and traveling alone? You can reserve a bed in a special compartment ensures you maximum security and privacy. There is no extra charge for this service. For even greater comfort, your sleeper compartment will be located next to the train staff. Thanks to this your night journey will be quiet and trouble-free.

TER (regional trains)

Transport express régional are regional trains, serving secondary lines and reaching places off-the-beaten-track, allowing you to reach some of the most beautful and peaceful locations in France.



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