Rail travel with your baby: Everything you need to know in 7 questions
Pushchair, changing bag, luggage, baby carrier, folding baby bed, security blanket, backup security blanket... and that’s just for starters. Going on holiday with an infant can be a logistical nightmare.
SNCF can help. To make the journey easier for you (and your baby), here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions—all in one place.
“Do I need to buy a ticket for my baby?”
Not necessarily. When you choose TGV inOUI, TER or Intercités, your child under four1 travels for free, without a reserved seat, on your lap or in a baby carrier.
If you want your baby to have her own seat—so she can travel in a car seat, for example—choose our Forfait Bambin fare for just €9. This budget-friendly fare is offered automatically when you book.
With Ouigo, children’s fares start at just €5
When you travel with Ouigo, choose from two simple options for all children under 12, including infants:
- €8 to and from Lille-Flandres and Paris city centre stations
- €5 for all other destinations
“Where can I change my baby’s nappy?”
Keep your baby clean and dry throughout your journey with the changing tables in our nursery areas, available on TGV inOUI, Intercités and Ouigo. They’re easy to find: simply look for the logo.
“Can I heat up a bottle or a jar of baby food?”
If you need to heat your child’s bottle or baby food, don’t hesitate to ask a member of our catering staff for assistance: they’ll help you in the café-bar. And when you travel with Intercités, Ouigo or TGV inOUI, you’ll usually find a bottle warmer in the nursery area of your train.
“Do I need to pay extra for my child’s pushchair?”
Pushchairs travel free (limited to two pushchairs per journey when you travel with Ouigo). If you have a folding pushchair, simply place it in the dedicated luggage area. If not, you can store it between coaches, but please be sure that it doesn’t block the doors or the movement of your fellow passengers.
And if you’re travelling with bulky luggage, feel free to use our trolleys, available outside the station or near the platforms.
“I’m taking an overnight Intercités train with my child. Should I book a couchette for her?”
Your child travels for free when she shares your couchette. If you want a separate couchette just for her, buy a Forfait Bambin Nuit ticket and specify a space next to the ones you’ve already booked.
“How can I prevent my child from disturbing other passengers?”
When you travel with TGV INOUI, book 2nd-class seats in our Espace Familles coach2. You’ll share the space with other families, and you’ll be close to your train’s nursery area. Your baby can interact with the other children to her heart’s content, and you don’t have to worry about disturbing other passengers.
When you travel with Intercités, book a six-seat Familles compartment and enjoy worry-free travel with your children.
“Is there a play area for children on my train?”
If you’re travelling with Intercités on the Paris-Limoges-Toulouse line, your children can play in our Espace Kid area, located in the Services coach (no. 3 or 13, depending on the configuration of your train).
Espace Kid has everything your youngsters need to enjoy the journey—pillows, a play carpet and more—plus fixed seats designed especially for passengers ages 1 to 4, to keep them safe. These areas also include:
- changing tables
- power outlets for bottle warmers
- a storage area for pushchairs
1 To document your child’s age, you must present your child's identity document. For travel to European destinations outside France, all children under four must have their own identity documents.
2 Espace Familles coaches are available every weekend aboard many TGV inOUI trains serving select destinations on our Atlantic and South-East lines.