Do I need to validate my tickets?

E-tickets

If you have been issued a print-at-home E-ticket then you do not have to validate it. Instead you just need to present it on board upon inspection. This applies to the tickets of all of the following rail operators: SNCF, Eurostar, Deutsche Bahn, Renfe, Thello, Trenitalia, Italo, SNCB, NS, SBB, OUIGO, OUIBUS and ÖBB.

SNCF print-at-station ticket

All SNCF print-at-station tickets must be validated before boarding the train. The ticket validation machines can be found in multiple places at any station, usually near the station-to-platform doors and on the platform (see picture below). Please be aware that you can only validate your tickets on the day of departure and no earlier. 

If you print your tickets a few days early, please remember to validate them before hopping on the train. If you withdraw your tickets shortly before departure, the self-service machine may print validation stamp itself in order to save you time. This means you will not have to validate the ticket yourself.

If you do not have enough time to validate your tickets (e.g. due to a short transfer time) and they were not automatically validated when you printed them, please explain this to the ticket inspector on board. In these situations the ticket inspector shouldn’t give you a fine if you are able to show proof of your short transfer time.

sncf train tickets