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Train travel in France

Your guide to exploring France by rail with details about different types of French trains as well as information to help you decide whether a railpass is the best option for you.


TER (regional trains)

TER (Transport express régional) is a network of regional rail services that form the backbone of the French railway system.

Scenic trains

An overview of the most scenic railway journeys in France.

Intercités (long-distance trains)

Intercités are the slower long-distance trains that are popular with people travelling with a railpass as they usually do not require seat reservations nor payment of any supplement.


Eurostar is the international high-speed rail service that connects Paris and Lille with London via the Channel Tunnel.

High speed trains

TGV (train à grande vitesse) are the high-speed trains that connect major cities in France at speeds of around 320km/h. Both the iDTGV and Ouigo trains are a cheaper alternative to regular TGV trains.


Thalys is the high-speed train that links Paris with cities in Belgium and the Netherlands.