Interrail reservations in France

France is a lovely country to explore by Interrail! France has many international connections to neighbouring countries, during the day but also over-night in some specific cases. All regional trains, and most of the InterCities, within France are free of charge. For all other trains a seat reservation is required. Below you can find all details of trains in France. Interrail reservations in France that can be made online are indicated in blue, otherwise simply make a reservation at any manned train station.

Train Type Specific Train Name Operator Reservation 2nd class 1st class Destinations
Regional SNCF Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland
InterCity SNCF Optional €01.50-10.00 €02.00-€10.00 Belgium, France
InterCity EuroCity Thello Required €20.00-€56.00 €24.00-€91.00 France, Italy, Monaco
HighSpeed ICE DBahn Required €15.00-€20.00 €20.00-€25.00 France, Germany
HighSpeed Alleo SNCF Required €15.00-€20.00 €20.00-€25.00 France, Germany
HighSpeed Artesia SNCF Required €30.00 €45.00 France, Italy
HighSpeed AVE/TGV Elipsos Renfe-SNCF Required €15.00-€34.00 €20.00-€48.00 France, Spain
HighSpeed TGV Lyria SNCF Required €16.00 €26.00 France, Switzerland
HighSpeed TGV, inOUI SNCF Required €06.00-€20.00 €06.00-€30.00 Belgium, France, Luxembourg
HighSpeed Thalys SNCF Required €15.00-€25.00 €20.00-€30.00 Belgium, France, the Netherlands
HighSpeed Eurostar Eurostar Required €30.00 €38.00 France, United Kingdom
NightTrain Intercités de Nuit SNCF Required €10.00-€21.50 €21.50 France, Spain
NightTrain EuroNight Thello Required €71.00-€143.00 €215.00 France, Italy, Monaco
NightTrain Sud Expresso Trenhotel Required €07.00-€57.50 €86.50-€115.00 France, Spain, Portugal

Remarks
* Reservations for InterCities in France are mostly optional, however on routes where no high-speed rail alternatives are present a reservation is required.
* Your Interrail pass is also valid on the DBahn IC Bus, which covers various routes that are not well connected by train. A supplement of €04.50 is required, which you will need to buy at the train station.
* Your Interrail pass is also valid on all SNCF train replacement buses.
* Your interrail pass is valid on the EuroNight Thello Trains, however the early-booking fare might be cheaper than the standard Interrail fare.
* There is a budget-friendly alternative for traveling into Belgium with IZY, more specifically Brussels. Interrail is not accepted on this train, however a 2nd class ticket costs only between €10.00 and €19.00 and a 1st class ticket costs €29.00.
* Your Interrail pass is not valid on Ouigo HighSpeed Trains.
* Your Interrail pass is also valid on the Irish Ferries between France and Ireland, however an additional supplement is required.
* Your Interrail pass is also valid on the Stena Line Ferries between France, Ireland and the United Kingdom, however an additional supplement is required.
* Want to know more about the various Night-Trains? Have a look at the night trains section.
* Want to know more about the various Ferries? Have a look at the ferries section.

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Interrail reservations in France - The Eiffel Tower
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