With the first easing of France's lockdown from 11th May SNCF has started to increase rail services. Services from Monday 11th May were as follows (% of normal services):
TGVs 35% (40-50% on Paris routes, 15% on cross country routes.)
Transilien 60% between 06:00 - 22:00 (ranging from 80% on Line A to 33% on Line U)
Intercités 25% (28% daytime traffic, no overnight services)
International traffic: Eurostar/Thalys 8%, Lyria 11%, TGV Inoui Italy 17%, SNCF/DB 15% SNCF/RENFE - no services.
SNCF has introduced additional cleaning and sanitisation of rolling stock. Strict social distancing is in force with all passengers required to wear masks and keep a metre apart from other travellers. Services with mandatory reservations are only operating at 50% capacity to maintain social distancing.
Most TERs have introduced some form of capacity control to maintain social distancing. Passengers in the Occitanie Region are required to have an access card for their chosen train in addition to the normal ticket. The boarding card "ticket access serein" is free but can only be obtained on-line and must be home printed or downloaded to the SNCF app on a smart phone. It can be obtained up to 7 days in advance. In Hauts de France Region passengers on any service departing from or terminating at Lille or Paris are required to obtain a coupon d'accès for their train. These can only be obtained on-line up to three days before travel and downloaded onto a smart phone or printed off. Even then, passengers are advised to check that their train is running using the online journey planner after 17:00 on the day before travel.
In Ile de France passengers travelling at peak (from 06h30 to 09h30 and from 16h00 to 19h00) hours must fill in a certificate with travel only allowed for specified essential purposes, if travelling to work an employer's certificate is required. On TER routes preliminary timetables have been introduced for the period 11th May - 1st June (5th July on some lines) with services concentrated around major town and cities, while services for rural areas remain sparse.
On the Amiens - Calais route there were only two services daily each way between Abbeville and Rang de Fliers, and only four services each way between Amiens and Rouen, the last service from Amiens departing at 15:25. From 2nd June more services are being introduced with about 60% of scheduled services operating. Around Toulouse most TER lines received a limited service from 11th May, e.g. to Auch, Albi, Carmaux, and one return train to Rodez. There were trains to Alès and Mende from Nîmes. There were no trains, initially, from Brive to Cahors, Brive to Rodez, Toulouse to La Tour du Carol, or on the line to Lourdes and Tarbes.
Further east there are no through trains from Nîmes to Clermont-Ferrand due to delayed engineering work in Auvergne between Langogne and Arvant. This section is expected to re-open only in July. The "Aubrac" between Beziers - Clermont-Ferrand has not re-started yet. Only the Auvergne segment, Clermont-Ferrand - Neussagues is operating at present.