There are a number of train types in France ready to transport you both day and night. Most of the French network is operated by SNCF. Use the to check times for trains in France.
Regional and intercity trains in France
The main rail network in France is made up of the following regional trains and intercity trains:
- TER trains link most French towns and cities and operate frequent services.
- InterCité (intercity) trains connect the main towns and cities across France.
On the regional trains appear as "RE". Reservations are not required for regional trains and most InterCité trains. View a map of InterCité trains that do require a reservation on the (in French only).
High-speed trains in France
International high-speed trains in France
These high-speed trains operate to and from France:
- links Paris to Geneva and Zurich (Switzerland).
- connects Paris and Marseille to Barcelona and Madrid (Spain).
Domestic high-speed trains in France
French domestic high-speed trains are run by TGV and travel at speeds of 320 km/h (200 mph). TGV trains transport passengers quickly and comfortably to cities across France, including from Paris to popular destinations like Bordeaux, Lyons (Lyon), Marseille and Nice.
TGV trains offer air-conditioning, large luggage racks, power sockets, plus refreshments and often a restaurant car.
On the TGV trains are simply shown as “TGV”, Thalys as “THA”, ICE as “ICE”, Eurostar as “EST and Talgo du Jour as "TLG". These trains always require a reservation. Eurostar is not included in the Eurail pass, however travelers get a special fare.
International night trains in France
The Thello night train operates on the following routes:
- Paris – Milan – Verona – Venice
- Paris – Florence – Rome
Eurail passes are not valid on the Thello as it is operated by a private railway company.
Domestic night trains in France
The night trains connect Paris to various destinations in the east, west and south of France, by night.
City Night Line trains appear on the as "CNL" and Intercités de Nuit as "NZ". The Thello appears as "EN". You're required to book sleeping accommodation in advance.