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How to save on rail travel

Whether you’re traveling alone or with others, we can help you find great deals on train tickets.

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Book early

Thinking ahead is still a simple, efficient way to save on rail travel. Plan your journeys well in advance, and check regularly for new tickets to get the best fares. Tickets generally go on sale 4 months ahead of the travel date, though that may vary depending on the carrier and the time of year.

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Get the best price with our fare finder

When you book on line with SNCF Connect, use our fare finder to compare a full month of ticket prices and find the best bargains. It’s an easy way to get cheaper tickets if your travel dates are flexible.

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Don’t miss out on our last-minute offers

Heard about our last-minute offers on the SNCF Connect website? With these great deals, you get low fares for spur-of-the-moment travel to destinations in France and beyond aboard INTERCITÉS, TGV INOUI and TER trains.

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Check out our Prem’s tickets

With Prem’s you can book your travel up to three months in advance and get great deals—and now Prem’s tickets are exchangeable and refundable! Fares start from just €25 aboard TGVs and €15 aboard daytime INTERCITÉS. And if you have an Avantage card, you’ll save an additional 30% on Prem’s tickets.

Buy your Avantage card now

If you travel occasionally, choose one of our Avantage cards to simplify your journeys and get great deals all year round. Cards cost just €49, and you can choose from 3 customer profiles:

  • Jeune: ages 12-27
  • Adulte: ages 27-59
  • Senior: age 60 and over

With our new Avantage card, 2nd class fares are capped1 for all destinations in France, so you save no matter when you book. Fare caps are based on the duration of your journey:

  • €39 or less for a short journey (under 1h30)
  • €59 or less for a medium-length journey (1h30-3h)
  • €79 or less for the longest journeys (over 3h)

And your Avantage card includes even more benefits, depending on your profile.

Learn more about the Avantage Jeune card

Learn more about the Avantage Adulte card

Learn more about the Avantage Senior card

Climb aboard a OUIGO train

Now you can choose from 2 budget-friendly OUIGO offers:

  • OUIGO Grande Vitesse for high-speed service to 41 destinations
  • OUIGO Train Classique for classic service on our Paris-Lyon and Paris-Nantes lines, with stops in a total of 14 cities and towns

With OUIGO, you’ll get low fares for travel throughout France. But remember: OUIGO tickets are sold exclusively online.

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Do you travel the same route every day, all year round? With our MAX ACTIF passes, you can enjoy hundreds of free bookings.

Learn more about MAX ACTIF and MAX ACTIF+

Save with our MAX JEUNE pass

With MAX JEUNE, our pass for ages 16-27, you can travel as often as you like for just €79 per month. Booking is free for all TGV INOUI or INTERCITÉS destinations in France requiring reservations. MAX JEUNE booking opens 30 days before departure. 

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Stay on budget with MAX SENIOR

Do you travel with TGV INOUI and INTERCITÉS at least twice a month? If you’re age 60 or over and have a flexible schedule, our MAX SENIOR pass is for you. For just €79 per month, you can travel in 2nd class Monday to Friday, outside peak periods.

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Don’t forget our special TER offers

Each region of France offers its own special pricing on TER travel—not just during holidays, but all year round.

Discover TER offers by region

Try Izy, our low-cost service to Brussels

Traveling from Paris to Brussels? You’ll get bargain fares with Izy, a low-cost option from the Thalys brand. Travel time to the Belgian capital is 2h30, and fares start at €10.

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Enjoy our special Eurostar offers

Want to spend a weekend—or even your holidays—in London? Cross the English Channel and save with our special Eurostar fares.

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1 For Avantage Adulte cardholders, this offer applies exclusively to the cardholder and one travel companion over the age of 12. Benefits include guaranteed price caps for three types of journey, based on duration of travel:

  • €39 (including tax) guaranteed maximum fare for a journey of less than 1h30;
  • €59 (including tax) guaranteed maximum fare for a journey of less than 3h;
  • €79 (including tax) guaranteed maximum fare for a 2nd class journey of over 3h in France with no connections.

Fares are guaranteed up to the time your train departs.

2 Minimum savings per person per journey, based on the full 2nd class Loisir fare (Plein Tarif) for daytime INTERCITÉS trains requiring booking, and on the standard 2nd class fare (Tarif Normal) for daytime INTERCITÉS trains not requiring booking. Offer valid for select dates, trains and destinations in France, subject to seat availability. Offer does not become available until 1-5 days before your train departs at earliest, and is limited to 2nd class travel aboard select trains to select destinations in France, on select days. Subject to availability of seats at this fare. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. You must pay online, but you may choose to: print your ticket yourself; have it sent to your address at no charge; or collect it from a self-service machine, in a French station, or at an SNCF Rail Europe sales office (€10 fee per booking reference). This offer may not be combined with any other special deal or SNCF fare discount (except for SNCF discount cards).