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On SNCF website for Intercités trains, one can find a map of all Intercités de Jour with different line style for those with required reservations. Giving a quick look at it, this does not seem to follow a specific logic, some lines having both, some lines having only either with or without reservation. There is no geographical logic either.


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“Borne libre service” means that you'll pick up your ticket at a ticket vending machine in France or Luxembourg. (Maybe also in Eurostar stations, but I'm not sure if these allow you to print out tickets that aren't Eurostar tickets.) Every major train station and most if not all minor stations have a ticket vending machine, and there are also vending ...


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I would be very surprised if a non-SNCF machine would let you pick up the tickets, and I would doubt that there are any SNCF machines outside of France (apart from perhaps a few exceptions like the SNCF station in Basel). Unless you are really short of time you shouldn't find yourself queueing for long or at all. At the larger stations there are a number of ...


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No. TER mean regional trains. They are funded and managed by the region administration and operated by SNCF. Intercités are national trains operated by SNCF. The distinction might not be clear, but they are not managed the same way and their pricing is different. This would be weird to be able to pay a certain amount for a TER ticket and get on an ...


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SNCF uses Revenue Management techniques on the pricing of Intercités. So, yes to your first question, the price varies over time and most likely, the earlier you buy your ticket, the better deal you'll get (from my experience this is almost always true). But for this, you will need to make a firm reservation and will not get a refund on the ...


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Whether you can get a refund on a ticket will depend on the fare conditions of that ticket. Your confirmation should make clear of these conditions and you'll have been made aware of them prior to purchase. If you booked a cheap advance fare by TER Corail (in the region of about £18-20) then this will likely be a non flexible meaning it's not refundable ...


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You can look up the timetables on the Intercités website. Intercité trains with compulsory reservation are marked with a R in a box above the train number. In addition, all Intercité de nuit (night trains) and TGV (high-speed trains) require a reservation, and TER (regional trains) never do. On the train booking interface, you'll find the indication ...


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The Nantes–La Rochelle–Bordeaux line is an intercités line; intercités trains have no compulsory reservation. From Rennes to Nantes, you would take a TER (regional train), also without reservation. (Depending on the times, you might end up with a different mixture of TER and intercités, but my point is that this journey does not involve trains requiring a ...


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I can see this is an old thread but I stumbled across it and wanted to explain why I think you were able to print both tickets before, but not this time. It sounds as though you previously purchased what's called a "French Connection" fare. These are combined Eurostar+TGV tickets that are bundled together by Eurostar (Eurostar is part-owned by SNCF and ...


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There used to be a sncf boutique in Brussels. It is now named Rail europe. You can find them at: Rail Europe, Avenue Henri Jaspar 113, 1060 Bruxelles But can't you print your tickets at home? I haven't been travelling with the sncf for a while, but I used to travel to Paris a lot some years back, where I always downloaded and printed my tickets at home.


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Full-price (“tarif normal”) open train tickets are valid in all trains taking the route printed on the ticket, regardless of their status, except for trains that require a reservation. They are valid for two months after the travel date indicated on the ticket. When there are both TER and Intercités or even TGV on the same route, you will usually get the ...



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