Train reservations in France

Seat reservations and night train reservations

Costs & overview

Train reservations in France

  • Thalys (Paris-Brussels-Rotterdam-Amsterdam, Brussels-Cologne-Dusseldorf)
    Reservation = required
    Availability = limited for Eurail/Interrail passholders (in high season often sold out) 
    € 25 in 2nd class, € 35 in 1st class

  • Eurostar (high-speed trains connecting United Kingdom with France/Belgium/The Netherlands)
    Reservation = required
    Availability = limited for Eurail/Interrail passholders
    € 30 in 2nd class, € 38 in 1st class

  • ICE / TGV to Germany (Paris-Frankfurt-Stuttgart-Munich) 
    Reservation = required
    Availability = limited for Eurail/Interrail passholders (in high season often sold out) 
    € 15-25 in 2nd class and 1st class

  • TGV France (French high-speed trains)
    Reservation = required
    Availability cheap reservations = limited for Eurail/Interrail passholders (in high season often sold out)
    Availability expensive reservations = unlimited untill train is full
    Cheap: € 10 in 2nd class/1st class
    Expensive: € 20 in 2nd class/1st class

  • TGV Lyria (French high-speed trains from Paris to the Switzerland)
    Reservation = required
    Availability cheap reservations = limited for Eurail/Interrail passholders (in high season often sold out)
    Availability expensive reservations = unlimited untill train is full
    Cheap: € 20 in 2nd class/1st class
    Expensive: € 30 in 2nd class/1st class
    Please note that in some cases the prices may differ from the above

  • Intercité (French domestic trains)
    Reservation = required on most routes, some of the routes don't require a reservation
    Availability cheap reservations = limited for Eurail/Interrail passholders (in high season often sold out)
    Availability expensive reservations = unlimited untill train is full
    Cheap: € 10 in 2nd class/1st class
    Expensive: € 20 in 2nd class/1st class

  • Intercité de Nuit (French domestic trains)
    Reservation = required
    Availability = unlimited untill the train is full
    Seat: € 10 in 2nd class
    Couchette 6 sleeper: € 22 in 2nd class
    Couchette 4 sleeper: € 32 in 1st class
    Prices may differ from the above

  • Thello (both day and night train services France <-> Italy)
    Reservation = required. Possible at the station only or directly through Thello's website
    Availability = Eurail/Interrail passes aren't valid on board these trains
    A discount to the full fare is applied upon showing your pass at the ticket booth

Rail Map - France

Rail Map - France