SNCF is the state-managed railway network in France. Founded in 1938 when France's major private railways were amalgamated, the firm is now based in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis but is active across the world. SNCF's iconic TGV high speed service carries over 100 million people per year and is the providers most famous symbol. However, SNCF runs 7,500 trains every day to 5,000 stations, as well as 2,000 coaches.
The major stations operated by SNCF are all in France. Along with Paris Gare du Nord, the company runs services to Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and Lille but also runs high-speed trains to international destinations such as Geneva or Milan.
SNCF offers a full range of transport services. Business can take advantage of Portail discounts and rent conference rooms in rail stations. There is a variety of cheap ticket options for standard travel and concessions for the over 60s and under 12s. Connections are easy to arrange. SNCF trains are all comfortable and well provided with food and drink options, while some major stations will possess accommodation facilities as well.
Discounts can be arranged with early booking. SNCF offers regular savings for popular tourist routes via the Ouigo system while the Groupe TGV ticket offers cheap tickets for groups and the Jeune Card can secure savings for last minute purchases. Tickets can be exchanged until quite soon before departure. Luggage can be delivered directly to your accommodation with book-in-advance tickets are available for a small fee.