Trains in France

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Travelling by train through France allows you to enjoy the sights of the most visited country in the world. The French rail network is considered one of the most efficient and comprehensive around the world, and French trains here are easily one of the most popular methods of travel. High-speed (TGV) trains are perfect for journeys to and from France’s main cities, while charming small towns and many villages are reachable via regional trains. Trains to France are also the gateway to the rest of Europe with many destinations on offer by train from Paris. If you are planning on taking multiple train trips you can choose to purchase an Interrail pass for train travel in France.

Train Companies in France

More information about the SNCF and other operators of French trains

The major provider of all rail services in France is SNCF, the national rail company. The service provided is considered one of the best train operators and networks in the world. Eurostar is also a major rail provider, operating the renowned Paris-London service.

SNCF : SNCF, or National Society of French Railways, is the national rail provider in France. The SNCF is responsible for all routes of French trains at a local level, while regional trains or intercity trains are covered by TGV and iDTGV and Ouigo subsidiaries. The SNCF also covers international routes going in or out of France; in cooperation with carriers from neighbouring countries.
TGV : The TGV is the high-speed trains operated by SNCF. Despite their name, only a few lines of the network actually circulate at high speed, these include: Paris-Lyon , Paris-Marseille , Paris-Montpellier , Paris-Lille , Paris-Tours. However, TGV has plans to extend its network of high-speed trains in the coming years.
Eurostar Eurostar is a Franco-British company that connects the UK and France, and Belgium; passing through the Channel Tunnel. It's the only option for France train tickets from the UK and a train to France is often the quickest way people in Britain to make the journey. The main route the Eurostar covers is connecting Paris with London; however, it is just as simple to access other French cities such as Lille, Calais, Lyon or Avignon, Marseille and Marne-la-Vallée.
Thalys : Thalys trains connects France with Belgium and, only recently, The Netherlands. Some of the more popular destinations one can travel to on a Thalys service include Brussels, Rotterdam or Amsterdam from Paris, Lille, Lyon and Marseille or Avignon summer.
Lyria : Lyria provides train transport between France and Switzerland, and more than 4 million passengers each year utilise this convenient and reliable connection. You can reach Geneva, Basel, Lausanne and Zurich (and other major Swiss stations) from Paris, but also Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Lille or Dijon.
Thello : Thello was created by the SNCF and Trenitalia in 2010 and provides trains between France and Italy. Three lines currently exist: Paris - Venice (via Dijon and Milan), Milan-Marseille (serving major stations of the Riviera) and Milan - Nice. To continue your journey by train in Italy you have to use services offered by Trenitalia and other Italian train companies.

Facilities & Services for Major Train Companies

Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation. For more detailed information about providers, please refer to our comprehensive list of luggage restrictions.

Trains in France

Most major cities in France are connected by train. The most popular train routes in France connect Paris with other major cities like Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Rennes, Bordeaux and Strasbourg. International train travel is also popular with SNCF offering routes to many major European cities in conjunction with other national train companies.

There are three main types of French trains used in France: regional trains (TER), interregional trains (Corail, Téoz, Lunéa) and high-speed trains (TGV, Thalys). While the high-speed trains are the fastest train travel options, the TGV can't always reach their top speed (320km/h) on some high-speed lines such as Paris-Marseille or Lyon-Turin.


Most Popular Trains to Paris

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Most Popular Trains to Lyon

Most Popular Trains to Nice

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Train Ticket, FAQs, Discount cards and Train schedules

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