This is a list of  a few key railway terms in English & French:

  • aisle = couloir
  • arrival = arrivée
  • bus = autocar/car (sometimes used on local lines at off-peak times instead of trains)
  • cancelled = annulé
  • coach/carriage/car = voiture (ie vehicule)
  • conductor = contrôleur
  • connection/transfer = correspondance
  • daily (including holidays) = Tous les jours (et fêtes/jours fériés)
  • delay(ed) = en retard
  • departure = départ
  • does not run = Ne circule pas (followed by a day or days)
  • engineering/maintenance work = travaux (your train may retimed or cancelled in the case of ' Travaux')
  • entrance = entrée
  • exit = sortie
  • express = express ( Corail express trains operate on non-TGV routes)
  • fast = rapide
  • Gentlemen = Hommes
  • high speed train = TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse)
  • Information = Renseignements / Accueil
  • Ladies  = Femmes
  • left luggage = consigne
  • Lost and Found/Lost Property = Objets trouvés
  • luggage = bagages
  • meeting point = point recontre
  • nonsmoking = non-fumeur
  • on time = à l'heure
  • one way = aller-simple
  • operates/runs = Circule (followed by a day or days)
  • origin (where the train has come from) = provenance
  • overnight train (intercity) = Lunea/ intercité de nuit
  • platform or line connection = correspondance
  • platform section = repère (long platforms are often divided into lettered sections to assist boarding)
  • Regional Train = TER (Transport Express Regional) or, around Paris, RER.
  • reservation = réservation (compulsory on almost all long-distance trains)
  • return = retour
  • round trip/return = aller-retour
  • seat = place / siège
  • self service ticket machine = borne libre-service
  • shuttle = navette (your train may end before the line end and a shuttle is offered to the terminus
  • smoking = fumeur (all trains in France are now non-smoking throughout)
  • station = gare (Metro systems have 'stations')
  • streetcar = tram / tramway
  • (on) strike = en grève
  • subway = Métro
  • ticket = billet
  • tickets, book of = carnet
  • ticket office = guichet / billeterie
  • track / platform = voie
  • train = train
  • train composition = composition des trains (many large stations display signs to indicate which REPERE your VOITURE will be alongside when the train stops.)
  • tram = tram
  • tram stop = station
  • underground railway = Métro
  • validate train tickets = composter les billets
  • window = fenêtre