TER

TER

TER are regional trains serving both major cities and small towns in France.

  • Book up to 120 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • Regional trains

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TER train

Overview

TER

TER are regional trains operating in France. They are also commonly known as local trains, and TER stands for “Transport Express Régional” in French.

The trains are operated by SNCF, the French national railway company. Seat reservations are not mandatory on board TER trains, so travelers can simply board the train and take any open seat. When using a rail pass, travelers do not need to book a seat reservation supplement.

Traveling on board a TER train is one of the most authentic ways to discover the hidden gems of France. Your adventure awaits !



Practical information


Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Print @ home

Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.

Printing guide

Booking :
  • TER tickets are open for booking 120 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

A class apart

Classes of service

Services & amenities offered by TER
Second classFirst class
Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.
Ergonomic seats Enjoy the journey while sitting in a comfortable ergonomic seat.
Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy leather seat with headrest.

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From our travel community

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Reviews & ratings

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    Great Trip Great service |
    "comfortable reliable service "

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    Good way to travel |
    "It was my first experience on the rail, schedule to meet so was very worried if I could make it on time but it all went well and the station master was very helpful. The ticket validation was a bit frustrating as it wasn't clear where the yellow machines were but people where very helpful. Very good system ! "

  • Value for money
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    much better |
    "this train was very nice and comfortable and the group was able to sit together "

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    Will not travel by rail again |
    "Bought 1st class ticket. No seats for the family in 1st class cabin. There were no seats for 2nd class cabin too. My family and I had to stand for 1 hour before we can find any seats (left with one station to our destination). Extremely terrible experience to be shared wit friends and relatives. It wiped off the positive experience in the earlier trip. Will not take rail travel again. "

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    all |
    "excellent "

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    Quick trip |
    "Train was very crowded, but everyone was nice and accommodationg. "

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    Beautiful scenery |
    "Beautiful scenery, but our windows were too dirty to truly enjoy it. Tried to clean them off ourselves before departure, but to no avail. "

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    Early Morning Trip To Agen |
    "Clean, available space and seats, confortable chairs, arrival in due time "

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    Comments |
    "Arrangement for cases could be improved to stop them rolling around in area on floor provided. On our Toulouse-Carcassonne stage, the luggage rack was too small for our cases ! Had to have them with us by the seats. Not ideal ! "

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    Just the ticket ! (Just) |
    "Uncomfortable seats on a filthy train out to Marseille. Lovely, comfortable seats on return and a clean carriage. Fair price, right to the heart of the old town. "

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FAQs

Common Questions, Simple Answers

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