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Train tickets in France with SNCF


Created in 1938, the SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français) was the first French railway operator. Today, its services include unheard TGV linking Paris to the major regional cities such as Bordeaux, Marseille and Lyon. The station also operates other media trains and long-distance (Intercités) without being high speed, a wide regional network Railway (TER) and the high-speed rail service called cheap Ouigo market and international trains serving the neighboring country house France.

Created in 1938, the SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français) was the first French railway operator. Today, its services include unheard TGV linking Paris to the major regional cities such as Bordeaux, Marseille and Lyon. The station also operates other media trains and long-distance (Intercités) without being high speed, a wide regional network Railway (TER) and the high-speed rail service called cheap Ouigo market and international trains serving the neighboring country house France.


SNCF in 2 minutes

  • Trains to 10 countries in Europe
  • 100,000,000 passengers per year
  • TGV Ouigo cheaper
  • French train operator
  • Created in 1938

SNCF Trains

Today, SNCF TGV offers the TGV inOui, the low cost TGV Ouigo, Intercities that are not the TGV, TER to move in the regions, and international trains to neighboring countries of France. With this wide range of trains, traveling by train is one of the best way to explore France and visit the territory. The SNCF tickets are sold in the Oui.SNCF site (formerly called voyages-sncf.com) but also in our site Kombo, that allows you to compare prices.


TGV inOui high speed are incredible launched in 2017. Equipped with wi-fi and more comfort, combines incredible speed traveling at a high level of service, both in the process of that station.


OUIGO , c'est le nom des trains à grande vitesse low cost que la SNCF met à votre disposition pour un maximum d'économies pendant que vous explorez la Ville Lumière. Les trains Ouigo have only one class of service, which corresponds to second class, and allow you to travel from the stations of Marne La Vallée, Massy TGV and Charles de Gaulle TGV in Paris to those of Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Bordeaux and more. OUIGO trains are a very good opportunity to find cheap trains, and are the best offer among the Oui Sncf fares. These fares are the same on Kombo. OUIGO trains do not leave at the same time as the TGV, and focus more on less busy hours. That's also why they are cheaper.


Regional and local travel is provided by TER trains (Regional Express Train), which offer first and second class depending on the route, and can travel at a speed of 160 km/h. Ticket prices start at €2.00. It is fixed, depends only on the distance travelled, not on the filling of the train. TER trains are ideal for travel and discovery. This is the case of the Train des Merveilles in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur which is perfect for discovering the towns and villages of the Mediterranean coast. They are also among the best SNCF Fares, and allow you to find many cheap trains. The plus : SNCF timetables don't matter, because if you miss your first TER, you can board the next one, or the one after. This can be convenient for daytime round trips, which can be risky in terms of timing. Be careful, this will only be possible on the same day's train timetables.


The Intercités (ICs) quickly and easily connect the main stations in Paris to destinations such as Le Havre, Lyon and Bordeaux, Limoges, or Clermont Ferrand. Equipped with first and second class and bar service on board, these trains reach an average speed of 200 km/h and run day and night. Indeed, there are still 2 lines in France allowing to travel in night train thanks to the SNCF. Finally, although slower than the TGV, they are also much cheaper.

International trains

SNCF also has an important network of international connections through its trains or partnerships for travel throughout Europe. including:

  • - Elipsos - links for Spain

  • - Eurostar - connections in England

  • - Lyria - ties with Switzerland

  • - Thalys - links to Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany jointly owned by SNCF and SNCB

  • - Alleo - connections with Germany possible thanks to the association of SNCF in France and DB (Deutsche Bahn) the German operator

  • - NTV (Italo) - connections in Italy

  • - WESTbahn - rail links in Austria

  • - NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) - connections with the Netherlands

The SNCF subscriptions

SNCF offers subscriptions to different levels of tariffs to better serve travelers who make daily trips, weekly or monthly.

For those traveling more than 2 times per year:

  • • Carte Jeune

    With a cost of 50 € per year, it is open to young people aged between 12 and 27 years and offers a reduction of up to 60% on SNCF trains.

  • • Carte Enfant+

    For children under 12, with 75 € a year, it allows cuts up to four companions.

  • • Carte Week-end

    For over 28 years, SNCF has this card that guarantees a reduction of 25% on the purchase of train tickets, Intercités and TER, with or without reservation. Price: 75 € per year.

  • • Carte Senior+

    People over 60 can benefit from this subscription, at a price of €60 per year, to benefit from discounts on TGVs (except OUIGO), Intercités and TER.

  • More information about the subscription and prices of SNCF advantage cards.

  • • Carte Liberté

    The SNCF Freedom Card replaces the Frequency pass. This card is sold at 399€ (excluding promotion), valid for one year for journeys in France and Europe. The Liberté card gives you a discount ranging from -45% (for 1st class travel) to -60% (for 2nd class travel). You can also travel accompanied by up to 3 children with a reduction of -50% compared to the price paid by the cardholder.

  • More information about the subscription and prices of the SNCF Liberté card.

For those who travel several times a month:

  • • TGV Max

    The TGVmax season ticket allows you to travel to and from Paris in France and Luxembourg at a reduced price, every day. You can therefore make free return trips within a day, without worrying too much about TGV timetables. Not bad, isn't it?

  • • Fréquence Subscription

    The subscription Fréquence offers discounts up to 50% on tickets to the Pro fare.

  • • Forfait Subscription

    Subscription is ideal for those who travel on a daily basis now. There are released weekly, monthly or yearly.

OUIBUS: bus created by SNCF

Created by SNCF in 2012, it is Ouibus alternative road to rail. His service of cheap bus connects over 160 destinations in 8 European countries at competitive prices. The service is available in Spain, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2018, the company was acquired by and became OUIBUS user Blablabus in 2019.


How much does a child ticket in the SNCF trains?

Children under 4 travel free in all SNCF trains, sharing the seat of the adult. Between 4 and 12 years, children can bénéficer a 50% discount on the ticket price on all SNCF trains. To this we must acquire the map + Child at a price of 75 €.

With SNCF, can a minor travel alone?

Yes, this is possible with the Junior & Cie service on most TGV inOui Thus, children 4 to 14 years are supported by facilitators who ensure the safety and wellbeing of your child throughout the route, boarding the train arrived SNCF. But beware, if the trains with Junior & Cie regularly during the holidays, these trips are not so frequent. For older than 16 years, it is enough to bring with you proof of identity. We invite you to verify this information from the railway company before booking your tickets.

Are SNCF trains equipped to assist people with disabilities?

Les trains inOui are perfectly adapted to transport people in wheelchairs. The spaces on board are planned so as to enable disabled people to travel at best. For other trains, it is best to check at the time of booking.

There are limits on baggage on board the SNCF train?

The policy is flexible enough luggage on SNCF trains. The only rules are that we can bring all the baggage you want as long as they do not disturb the passage inside the car and the other passengers.
Cyclist, there are specific requirements for must book in general in advance. But some TER can transport his bike without reserving anything for transporting your bicycle.

How long to arrive to board an SNCF train?

Security checks are carried out on board different trains such as Eurostar linking France to the United Kingdom for which a passport or ID is required. We recommend that you arrive at the station at least 30 minutes before departure on domestic routes and international routes on 1h and Ouigo.

Can I bring my bike on board of SNCF trains?

Traditional bicycles (not removable) are permitted to board some trains TGV and Intercity - in a reserved car - on compulsory reservation of a seat and the payment of a special note in the amount of 10 €. Foldable or collapsible bicycles are considered a piece of hand luggage and are admitted free of charge, provided they do not exceed the dimensions of 120x90 cm. Aboard some TER trains and Intercity trains (with optional seat reservation), bicycles travel free - they must be inserted in the slots provided for this purpose.

Is my dog allowed on SNCF trains?

On board TER trains, TGV and Intercity, you need to book an extra ticket that you take with you in addition to your train ticket. You can travel with up to 2 pets. Small pets (up to 6 kg) are allowed provided that they are kept in special bags (maximum size 45x30x25) and a fee of 7.00 €. The animals over 6 kg are allowed on payment of a ticket equal to 50% of the base price in second class, provided they are leashed and muzzled. These tickets allow changes up to the day before departure, but involves a deduction of 10% from the day of departure. A deduction of 10% is also required in case of cancellation.

How to pay less its train tickets?

En réservant à l'avance, vous accédez aux billets les moins chers et aux offres SNCF. Les ventes commencent généralement tous les trois mois pour le trimestre suivant. Vous pouvez privilégier les billets en promo, les billets Ouigo, et les Intercités qui sont moins chers que les Inoui.

What types of train tickets are available at the SNCF?

For each type of train, the train offers tickets in various price ranges that provide different levels of flexibility. Below you will find the types of train tickets that can be bought and conditions:

  • - PREM'S

    The PREM'S tickets are the cheapest tickets. There is limited availability tickets, so the earlier you book, the better your chances of using this price are high. Since PREM'S tickets are not expensive, they can not be exchanged or refunded.

  • - LOISIR

    This is the standard train ticket. This ticket is changeable and refundable free until the day before departure. There should be a deduction of 12 € and adjustment costs on the day of departure, so that after the departure, tickets are non-transferable or refundable.

  • - PRO

    It is the most expensive SNCF fare but also the most flexible. The ticket can be changed or cancelled free of charge up to the time of departure. Moreover, if you arrive late at the station, within two hours before your departure, you can change your PRO ticket directly at the ticket office. In addition to this flexibility, by purchasing a PRO ticket you can obtain discounts on car rental or parking in the dedicated car parks at the station. This offer is very practical for daytime round trips, as it means you don't have to worry about TGV timetables.

  • - NORMAL

    SNCF also offers a price for its TER regional trains or trains for which you can buy a ticket at the regional level, he said standard or normal. This ticket is valid for the selected date and is non-refundableor modified.

There are other types of tickets for international trains such as Eurostar, Thalys and Lyria.

How to choose my seat when booking?

When you book SNCF train, the system assigns you a place. But it is also possible to give a preference. The types of seats vary according to the first or second class. You can select a preference between the window and the corridor, but also choose the direction of travel. Instead you then allocated according to availability of seats in the selected train, trying to accommodate your preferences. The seat number will be sent after payment of your reservation.

Train tickets: Paper or electronic?

Some trains as some regional TER trains, the SNCF requires tickets to be printed at the station. If you book one of these trains, you will receive an email with a confirmation number that you will use at ATMs or teller station to the station to get the ticket. Once at the station, to print the ticket vending machines, you must use the booking code received by email and the name used for the booking. You do not need the credit card used for purchase. And do not forget that tickets collected at the station must be validated before boarding the train.

What are the conditions for changing or canceling train tickets?

Depending on the type of ticket purchased, the train has different conditions change and cancellation. If you want to change your ticket, check if the fare you have purchased allows you to change and contact customer service to make the desired change.

What happens if the booked train is late?

SNCF offers the Guaranteed Punctuality service for any delay of more than 30 minutes, if the delay is caused by SNCF itself. Even if the train schedule was not respected while you were on board, you can still benefit from it. Refunds are made either with a voucher to be used for a future journey or by bank transfer.

How to access the train in French train stations?

In the French stations, the ticket is checked at the entrance to the wharf. This control is usually done manually by train controllers at the time of entry of the train or the train station. In some stations, you can access the dock after having validated your ticket on an automatic terminal to one of the docks entrance doors. The boarding is possible up to 2 minutes or less prior to departure of the train. Some stations, like those of Paris, are very popular, so it is best to arrive at the station well in advance, to access the tracks in time.

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