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Transportation Strikes in France 2018: info, dates and best tips for traveling to Paris

Paris Travel Blog 2018. Last Update: 8th October 2018.

After the summer holidays, it is time for more transportation strikes in Paris and France, with new strike days already announced for September 2018 and October 2018. Check our Paris Strike Calendar with the new dates and our best tips and tricks for traveling to Paris, France during strike days.

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STRIKE IN FRANCE TODAY (FRENCH STRIKES 2018)

Following the transportation strikes of April, May, June and July 2018, additional strike days have been announced for the months of September and October 2018. We are talking about train strikes (TGV, RER, Transilien) but also air strikes.

Unfortunately, transport strikes in France are not unusual and with the time the locals have learned to deal with a strike in Paris. How? With the right information, a little bit of flexibility in our everyday life and lots of patience. For example, some people living on the outskirts of Paris, decide to take a day off at work during a strike in Paris and avoid the transportation hassle.

If you are visiting Paris during the months of September and October 2018, have a look at the strike dates here below right now before planning your trip further. If you are affected by a Paris Transportation Strike go on reading, we tell you everything you need to know and our best tips for traveling to Paris during French Strike dates in 2018.

READ MORE –  Planning a Trip to Paris

A nice introduction to Paris (despite the strikes)

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PARIS STRIKES 2018 – PARIS TRANSPORT SERVICES AFFECTED

» Train Strike: SNCF (TER, Intercités, Transilien, TGV, Thalys, Corail and Eurostar).

» Air Strike: Air France strike and all French air companies.

» Taxis

» Urban public transportation (e.g. Parisian Metro and buses)

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PARIS STRIKE CALENDAR 2018 

Visiting Paris or France? Find out if there are any Paris Strikes today.

Transport Strikes in France - Calendar 2018

*  Transportation strike proposed by SNCF which still needs to be confirmed –> In the end, there won’t be any strike by SNCF on 18th September 

 

Paris Strike Dates List and France Strike Dates List

France Strikes September 2018

  • Train Strikes: 18 September (strike canceled)

French Strike Calendar October 2018

  • National General Strike (air, trains, sea, taxis, urban transportation): 9 October

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TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO PARIS DURING TRAIN STRIKES

You have not booked your train tickets to Paris yet

Paris is always a good idea but it is even a better idea if there are no strikes around. Be Flexible with your travel dates. If you were thinking about visiting Paris during autumn but you have not booked yet, avoid traveling to Paris during the strike days. Actually, SNCF website (oui.sncf) usually does not allow any more bookings during the transport strike in France.

 

You have booked your train tickets to/from Paris

First of all, check on SNCF website if your train is canceled or not. If your train is canceled, SNCF proposes different solutions:

» You can exchange your train ticket at no extra cost. Just follow the instructions on the page and verify before the last click that you don’t have to pay anything.

» You can cancel your trip and get a refund. If for any reason your ticket is stated as “non-refundable” or the website does not propose you a total refund (please verify this before the last click), contact them directly with your ticket reference number.

» If you were traveling with Ouigo trains, contact them directly for an exchange or refund.

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TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO PARIS DURING AIR FRANCE STRIKES

You have not booked your flight to Paris yet

Be Flexible with your travel dates. If you were thinking about visiting Paris during spring but you have not booked yet, avoid traveling to Paris during French Air Strike dates. If it is not possible for you visiting Paris out of French strike dates, consider other flight companies to avoid at least the flying hassle.

Please note this is not a Paris Airport strike 2018, only Air France flights and affiliate flights are affected.

You have not booked your flight to Paris with Air France

First of all, check your flight status here to see if your flight is affected by the strike or not. With Air France, you can anticipate, postpone and cancel your trip easily online.  You can even change your origin or destination and if you decide to do this, you will get a voucher valid for 1 year that can be used on AIR FRANCE, KLM or HOP! Flights. Check all the possible options during Air France strikes here.

Note that Air France flights operated by an aircraft other than that of Air France or Joon will not be affected by this strike (HOP!, KLM, Delta…).

On the other hand, if one of these other companies (HOP!, KLM, Delta…) are operating on share code with Air France and they are using Air France staff or Air France aircraft, these flights could be impacted. We recommend checking their specific websites and, if your flight is affected, see what rebooking options they offer.

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HOW TO GET FROM PARIS AIRPORT TO CITY DURING STRIKES IN PARIS 

READ MORE – Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Transportation Guide

Please note that during strike days there is no direct train connection from Paris Charles de Gaulle to the city center. At Charles de Gaulle Train Station you will take the RER B to Gare du Nord. Then, at Gare du Nord you will go downstairs one floor to continue your journey with metro (lines 4 and 5) or two floors to continue your journey with another RER B or RER D. In both cases, you can use the same ticket until the end of your journey.

Consider Private /Shared Paris Airport Transfers

We like  Welcome ‘s transfer services, with good cars and the best English speaking drivers in Paris. Their flight monitoring means their drivers are always on time. With Welcome, you can pre-book some essentials for your stay in Paris like sim cards or hot spots. These essentials are delivered by your Welcomer so you are all set since you land to Paris!

BOOK NOW:  Paris Airport Transfer (one way or return) with Welcome

 

Viator.com also proposes private transfers from CDG Airport to Paris, at similar prices. If you have no preferences, check and compare prices and services with both companies.

BOOK NOW:

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Considering Skip the Line Tickets? Buy the Paris Sightseeing Pass and use the included airport transfer to city!

Paris Sightseeing Pass is like a magic wand for Paris. This fantastic Paris Tourist Pass includes a FREE airport shuttle (round trip) from Charles de Gaulle or Orly to the center of Paris, free entry to over 50 museums and sights as well as privileged entry to the most popular attractions (guaranteed to skip the lines in Paris). With Paris Sightseeing Pass, you also have free use of public transport (bus, metro, RER trains) within zones 1-3.

BOOK: Paris Sightseeing Pass, with pick up at the Paris airport of your choice.

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Allow Extra Time if traveling by train from Paris to Airport

During Strikes in Paris, there will be fewer trains running. Also, it is possible that the available trains are so cramped that you have to let it go and wait for the next time. Check RER B’s schedule before leaving your hotel and allow extra time.

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Consider a Hotel near the Airport with Shuttle Service

If your flight is leaving Paris very early in the morning, have a look at the hotels near your Paris Airport, at least for the last night. Sleeping in hotels near the airport eliminates the stress of having to wake up early in the morning and the transportation strike hassle.

Another advantage of hotels close to your Paris Airport is that these hotels have competitive pricing because most tourists opt for an ‘in the city’ located hotel. In addition, some hotels also provide a free pick and drop from the airport if you book in advance.

BOOK NOW:

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Here are our favorite hotels near Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, with Airport Shuttle Service:

SHERATON CDG AIRPORT

If you are looking for CDG Airport Hotels in terminal, Sheraton CDG if for you. The Sheraton Charles de Gaulle is the “Paris Airport Hotel”, the only hotel inside the Terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle Airport which means you are within walking distance of the boarding gates. Rooms are comfortable and very quiet in spite of the airport proximity. The Sheraton CDG is one of the Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotels with shuttle service for free, very convenient if you decide to explore the City of Light.

Click here for the latest prices


OCEANIA PARIS ROISSY CHARLES DE GAULLE

From all the hotels close to CDG Airport, Oceania Paris Roissy Cdg Airport is one of our favorites. The hotel, with a 24-hour service desk and FREE Wi-fi, is really beautiful and it features a fantastic spa, perfect for a moment of relaxation after long layover flights. This is one of the hotels near Paris Airport Charles de Gaulle, located at 1.5km from the terminals and one of the few Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotels with shuttle service for free. With a hotel like Oceania Paris Roissy CDG, you will wish that your long layover in Paris was even longer!

Click here for the latest prices


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PARIS PUBLIC TRANSPORT DURING FRENCH STRIKE DATES

READ MORE –  Paris by Metro Guide

Paris Metro Strike: be flexible

If you are traveling around Paris during French Strikes 2018, flexibility is the key. Paris Metro Strike is not that painful, as long as you avoid the Paris Metro rush hour. However, allow extra time for your trips, especially if you have an appointment. You can also consider other alternatives (Paris by bike, walking, electric kick scooters for adults) if the weather is good. Be flexible AND31 patient.

Parisian Metro - Advanced Tips by Locals

 

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  • Jim
    05/04/2018 at 7:12 am

    Hi,

    I need to leave from Paris to Bern, Swiss on 28May, as everything has been booked and can not be canceled, what is your suggestion as we hit the strike day? Thank you very much.

    • WorldInParis
      05/06/2018 at 11:20 am


      Hi Jim! Are you traveling by train or with Air France? Strike days does not mean that everything is blocked. Only a few flights or trains are canceled. The first thing to do is to check if your train or flight is affected and if so, check with the company what options you have. Good luck!

  • Mari
    04/30/2018 at 2:27 pm

    Would like to know if buses run from Paris to the Disneyland Park. If so will buses run during strike days?
    Thanks

    • WorldInParis
      05/01/2018 at 5:21 pm

      Hey Mari. Are these buses private buses or public buses? Do you know the company name? If so, the best way to find it out is by checking their website

  • Jene Studer
    04/16/2018 at 1:38 am

    Roissey Bus is not affected by strike is it? How about HOP Airlines?

  • Karma
    04/14/2018 at 4:47 pm

    Hi thanku for ur tips. We are travelling to Paris on 23 rd April strike day , will our connecting flight to Nice be affected .thanku

    • WorldInParis
      04/14/2018 at 7:06 pm

      Are your connecting flight with Air France? If so, check if that specific flight is concerned or not (it is explained in the post). If it is not an Air France flight there should be any problem.

  • Uditha
    04/11/2018 at 6:04 pm

    hi,
    thanks for detailed guide. We are supposed to travel on 18th April which seems to be a strike date. what will be best way to reach hotel ? will metros work in strike days and what is best option to travel within city during strike dates ? also we plan for disneyland and versailes visits. if any of those collide with a strike date , is there any alternate cost effective options to travel to these attractions ?

    • WorldInParis
      04/12/2018 at 8:07 am

      Hi Uditha,
      You will find on the article some alternatives to public transportation:
      -private or shared transfer from airport to the hotel (we give a couple of options, links on the post)
      -if you are considering to buy skip the line tickets, consider the Paris Sightseeing Pass which also includes transfers airport-city center-airport in the price (link on the post)
      -no problem with metros as long as you don’t use them during the rush hours
      -day trips can be tricky, especially because we want to leave early in the morning and this is the worst time to travel during strikes. Prioritize days without strikes, or consider guided day tours (Versailles)

      • Uditha
        04/12/2018 at 8:10 am

        thank you very much for comprehensive answer.

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  • ANITHA DILIPAN
    04/10/2018 at 12:36 pm

    We have booked train tickets from paris to zurich on the 28th April, which looks like is not gonna work. Can you suggest anything else. Journey by bus seems very tedious and by flight very expensive. 🙁

    • WorldInParis
      04/10/2018 at 9:00 pm

      Can’t you change your travel dates? There is also the shared car option (bla bla car)

      • ANITHA DILIPAN
        04/15/2018 at 1:08 pm

        We have booked the bus. Travel dates not in a position to change becos all accomodation fixed and we are travelling to other countries as well. So looks like have to bear with the long bus journey. 🙁

        • WorldInParis
          04/15/2018 at 3:42 pm

          Sorry to hear that. Good luck! 🙂

  • Robin
    04/09/2018 at 5:31 pm

    I’m supposed to be flying into Paris on May 8th and taking a flight to Tel Aviv that day, then flying back to Paris on May 16th for 4 days. Have you heard anything about Air France strikes for the month of May yet?

    • WorldInParis
      04/10/2018 at 9:02 pm

      No sorry. I update the post as soon as I I know something else. Stay tuned…

      • Robin
        04/11/2018 at 1:41 pm

        Thank you, I’ll keep checking here. This site is awesome!

        • WorldInParis
          04/12/2018 at 8:08 am

          Glad it was helpful 🙂

  • Celine
    04/06/2018 at 9:46 pm

    Wow! This site is fantastic. We’re are a bit freaked out, having booked flights and hotels for smack in the middle of the strike, but now we feel more hope! Thank you so much for the comprehensive, practical help! (Geee, I wonder if anything has changed in Paris since I was there at 16 in 1970. If the McDonald’s is gone, I’ll be very happy!)

    • WorldInParis
      04/07/2018 at 7:44 pm

      McDonald’s is still there, and (#spoiler) there is even worse!

  • Chitra
    04/06/2018 at 12:16 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the information. I will be travelling to Paris in the month of May this year. I wanted to know if the Paris metro also is on strike?
    Thanks!

    • WorldInParis
      04/07/2018 at 7:45 pm

      Yes but nothing to worry if you are traveling out of the rush hours

      • Janos
        04/10/2018 at 8:39 pm

        Might be i am wrong, but should i understand the metros don’t operate on strike days?

        • WorldInParis
          04/10/2018 at 8:58 pm

          Yes, they do operate but there are many metros and more cramped. Honestly, so far it was OK with metros as long as you stay out of the rush hours

  • Kelly
    04/05/2018 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you for your general tips. If I have an Air France flight already booked for Saturday, May 19 at 1pm and a hotel already booked near the Eiffel Tower, what do you suggest is the best way for me to get to the airport during the strike and how long do you think it’ll take to get to the airport? Any advice would be appreciated!

    • WorldInParis
      04/12/2018 at 9:32 am

      Hi Kelly, somehow I missed your questions! We recommend shared or private transportation from the airport to the hotel. There are a couple of options in the post, if you may want to check. By public transportation, during a normal day, I’d say around 1hour (RER B + metro). During a strike day, it can be anything. If you take a transfer, my GPS says it’s a 37 mins ride from Airport to Eiffel Tower but it also depends on the traffic and if you take a private or shared transfer with other people.

      • Kelly
        04/14/2018 at 4:21 pm

        Thanks for the advice. We ended up booking a private car to take us to and from the airport. Fingers crossed!

        • WorldInParis
          04/14/2018 at 7:07 pm

          Good luck! 🙂

  • Veronika Primm
    04/05/2018 at 10:36 am

    This is so insane with the strikes, isn’t it? I’m so glad I don’t have any travels planned in France in the upcoming months. Good luck dealing with all that!

    • WorldInParis
      04/07/2018 at 7:46 pm

      I wanted to travel but planning a trip during these months is too hard 🙁