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. You can already notice that France is not the most Interrail-friendly country, and that is definitely not an understatement. Because France is a big country, most of their trains operate as high-quality InterCities and HighSpeed trains. Therefore nearly all trains, except regional trains, require an additional seat reservation. 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.

Reservations overview

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

Reservations remarks

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

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Interrail reservations in France - The Eiffel Tower
Interrail reservations in France – The Eiffel Tower
Interrail reservations in France - InterCités de Nuit
Interrail reservations in France – InterCités de Nuit