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01/19/20

Transportation Strikes in France

Transportation Strikes in France Today

Transportation Strikes in France

Last Paris strike update and French strike update: January 19, 2020 

Transportation in France and in  Paris is usually quite good but unfortunately, sometimes it is affected by strikes.

However, we locals have learned over time to deal with French strikes. How? With the right information, a little bit of flexibility in our everyday life and lots of patience.

For example, if there’s a strike in Paris today, some people living on the outskirts of Paris may decide to take a day off at work or to work online from the house to avoid the transportation hassle.

Planning a trip to Paris soon? Go on reading this article on Transportation Strikes in France 2020, with the upcoming strikes in Paris and France and our best tips for getting around Paris.

READ MORE – What to do in Paris during transportation strikes

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Content of this Article

» Paris Metro Strikes and other RATP services (RER, tramway, bus..) – Paris and the Parisian Region

» Air France strikes – all France

» Other French flight companies strikes – all France

» French air traffic control strikes – all France

» Taxi strikes – Paris and the Parisian Region

» SNCF train strikes – all France

» Other train strikes in France – all France

 

This article on Transportation strikes in Paris and France contains lots of information and updates so we recommend using the Table of Contents on the top of the post for easier navigation.

If you are only interested in SNCF strikes or in Air France strikes our little sister France Bucket List has written a couple of articles on these specific transportation strikes in France that we share here below:

» Check out this article on SNCF train strikes in France

» Check out this article on Air France strikes

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French Strike Updates

The strikes shown in this article are the French strikes planned and the dates are officially confirmed. Unfortunately, some France strikes are confirmed only 24 hrs in advance, when negotiations have failed.

If you are traveling to Paris soon, we recommend having a quick look at this post a few days before your trip and then the day before your departure to check if there is any update.

A nice introduction to Paris (despite the Paris strikes)

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1-  Calendar France Strikes and Paris Strikes [2020]

Paris public transportation

Are there any strikes in France today? /Are there Paris strikes this week?

Following the SNCF strikes and RATP strikes of December 2019, additional French strikes are announced for January 2020 and February 2020.

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Strikes in Paris 2020 & Strikes in France 2020

Strikes in Paris 2020 - Strikes in France 2020

NB: days marked in grey are weekends and holidays in France

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» Planned French air traffic control strike dates 2020: 9 January 2020

» Planned French airstrike dates 2020: 3 February  2020

» Planned Air France strike dates 2020: from 6 January to 9 January 2020; 3 February 2020?

» Planned French train strike dates 2020: unlimited strike since 5 December 2019

» Planned taxi strike Paris dates 2020: – –

» Planned Paris metro strike dates 2020: unlimited strike since 5 December 2019

» General Strike on 9 January 2020. 

» Day of demonstrations in all France on 11 January 2020.  This is not a day of strike but these demonstrations could have repercussions on transport in the cities which will be diverted to let the processions pass.

» National Strike on 14 January 2020. 

» National Strike on 15 January 2020. 

» National Strike on 16 January 2020. 

» Strikes organized locally on 22 January 2020.

» Strikes organized locally on 23 January 2020.

» General Strike on 24 January 2020. 

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What does “unlimited strike” mean in this context? It means that nobody knows when people could use this transport again. Probably there will be no transportation for a few days.

Remember that other strike days may follow in the coming days. Also, some strikes may be canceled if there’s an agreement with the French government.

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Ongoing Strikes in Paris and France since December 5, 2019

» Unlimited SNCF trains strike since December 5, 2019. After September 24, the SUD Rail union is called for an unlimited movement starting on December 5, 2019 to protest the pension reform. This is a national SNCF strike that concerns all France and for the time being, it has no end date.

Check chapter #2 to understand how SNCF services will be affected.

UPDATE: SNCF’s unlimited strike is over. From 20 January 2020, the train service will be “normal” or “almost normal” on all the train lines.

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» Unlimited RATP strike since December 5, 2019. After a Friday (September 13) without the Parisian metro, five RATP unions called for an unlimited movement starting on December 5 to protest the pension reform. This is a local strike that concerns Paris and the Parisian Region. For the time being, this transportation strike has no end date.

We read on different French websites the following quote by the general secretary of the UNSA-RATP, Laurent Djebali:

starting on December 5, it will be zero metro, zero RER trains and a few buses

This threat seems very serious to us. This would not be the first time that the country’s transportation infrastructure is paralyzed, a similar movement happened in 1995.

Check chapter #3 to understand how RATP services will be affected.

UPDATE: RATP’s unlimited strike is over. From 20 January 2020, the metro service will be normal for most of the lines with 5 metro lines with disrupted service

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Paris and France Strikes in January 2020 

» Air France strikes from 6 January to 9 January 2020.

Two flight crew unions of Air France call for a strike:

  • Spaf (airline pilots): Monday 6 January and Tuesday 7 January 2020.
  • SNGAF (hostesses and stewards): from Monday 6 January to Thursday 9 January 2020.

The demands are related to pension reform.

Check chapter #4a to understand how Air France services will be affected.

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» General strike on 9 January 2020. 

After an unsuccessful meeting with the minister on December 19, the inter-syndical announces another day of action on January 9. “Nothing has changed”, lamented the leader of CGT.

Like for the past general strikes, there’s the risk that some of the air controllers’ unions decide to mobilize but we don’t know yet. Keep clicking back for the latest information.

 

» General strike on 24 January 2020. 

Despite the unlimited strike is over, on Friday January 24 the strike will resume for a single day. This is because on that day the pension reform will be presented to the. Council of Ministers.

Like always, SNCF and RATP will provide the information on trains and metro services the day before at 5 pm.

The air traffic controllers union USAC-CGT, which called for a strike during the previous days of inter-professional mobilizations, has not made any announcements on its website yet.

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Paris and France Strike in February 2020

» National Strike in France by airline pilots, doctors, and lawyers on February 3, 2020. This strike concerns all the French territory. For the time being, there is no further information on this national transportation strike so it is not possible to understand the impact of this strike. We’ll be adding more details when they are announced, so keep checking back!
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2-  SNCF Trains Strike on 24 January 2020 – Traffic Forecast

train station in Paris

Due to the national inter-professional strike planned for 24 January 2020, the SNCF traffic will be disrupted on the entire French network.

Throughout this strike, information on trains will be available the previous day at 5 pm. This information will also available on the Newsroom and by phone at 3635 (free service + price of a call), as well as @SNCF Twitter accounts and different trains’ websites.

You can check if your specific train is canceled or not here
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SNCF Traffic Forecast for Friday 24 January 2020

Like always, SNCF will provide the information on trains service the day before at 5 pm.

Read our tips for getting around Paris and France during train strikes in chapter #2a

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» Will your Eurostar train be affected by the Transportation Strike in France? 

Eurostar trains are not on strike but the French strike action could impact their ability to deliver the usual timetable. As a result, Eurostar may need to adapt its timetable during the strike days in France.

Click here to see the Eurostar trains canceled for the next days

If you are booked on a canceled train, you can exchange or refund your ticket here.

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» Will your Thalys train be affected by the Transportation Strike in France? 

Thalys trains are not on strike but the French strike action could impact their ability to deliver the usual timetable. As a result, Thalys may need to adapt its timetable during the strike days in France.

Click here to find more information on Thalys impacts and what to do if your journey is impacted
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» Will your TGV Lyria (trains France-Switzerland) be affected by the Transportation Strike in France? 

TGV Lyria trains are not on strike but the French strike action could impact their ability to deliver the usual timetable. As a result, TGV Lyria may need to adapt its timetable during the strike days in France.

The list of trains canceled trains and the after-sale measures are available on TGV Lyria website

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» Will your Deutsche Bahn train be affected by the Transportation Strike in France? 

Deutsche Bahn trains are not on strike but the French strike action could impact their ability to deliver the usual timetable. As a result, Deutsche Bahn trains may need to adapt its timetable during the strike days in France. You can check your train status here

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2a How to Get Around during SNCF Train Strikes

How to go from Paris airports to city

Unfortunately, French train strikes are not uncommon in our country. This is how to proceed during SNCF strikes for national and international train trips.

READ MORE: France by Train Quick Guide

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You have not booked your train tickets yet

Paris is always a good idea but it is even a better idea if there are no train strikes around.

» Be Flexible with your travel dates. If you were thinking about visiting Paris (or France) but you have not booked yet, avoid traveling to Paris during French train strike dates.

Actually, the SNCF website usually does not allow any more bookings during French train strike dates.

» Consider Other Options, like traveling to /from Paris or France by plane or with your own car if you are traveling from the neighboring countries.

Click here to find cheap flights to Paris 

» France by Car. If you were planning a trip around France by train, you can replace the trains with a rental car. Touring France by car is a fantastic option because it is easier to go off the tourist path.

Click here to rent a car with Auto Europe 

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You have booked your train tickets to/from Paris

If you have booked your train during French train strike dates please don’t panic!

First of all, check on the SNCF website the France train strike schedule, if your train is canceled or not. To do this click on “Train Number”, enter your train number (you can find this information on your train ticket) and then add your travel date. The system will tell you immediately the status of your train.

» If your train is not canceled don’t worry! Perhaps there will be some disruptions or delays but you should be ok.

» 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, very important, 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 booked your train with Ouigo trains, contact them directly for an exchange or refund.

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3- RATP Transportation Strike on 24 January 2020 – Service Forecast

Strikes Paris

Monday, 9th December. People waiting to go down to the platforms on line 7

Today, RATP is still responsible for most of the public transport in Paris, and in the Parisian region. RATP includes the Paris Métro, tram and bus services and part of the Réseau Express Régional (RER) network.

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RATP Service Forecast for Thursday 16 January

Like always, RATP will provide the information on bus, tramway and metro services the day before at 5 pm.

Metro

  • Line 1: 
  • Line 2: 
  • Line 3: 
  • Line 3 bis: 
  • Line 4: 
  • Line 5: 
  • Line 6: 
  • Line 7: 
  • Line 7 bis:
  • Line 8:
  • Line 9: 
  • Line 10: 
  • Line 11: 
  • Line 12: 
  • Line 13: 
  • Line 14: 

Some metro stations will be closed. Find the detail on RATP’s website.

RER trains

» RER A:

» RER B:

The interconnection at Gare du Nord is ? today (see chapter #3a to understand what this means).

Bus

The detail line by line can be found on RATP’s website

Tramway

  • Line T1: 
  • Line T2: 
  • Line T3a: 
  • Line T3b:
  • Line T5: 
  • Line T6: 
  • Line T7:
  • Line T8:

Read our tips for getting around Paris and the Parisian Region during RATP stikes in chapter #3b  and chapter #3c

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3a What you Need to Know about the Train Connections Paris Airport – City

Train Connection CDG Airport to Paris

Train Connection Paris CDG Airport – Paris

 

The line from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris city center and beyond to Paris Orly Airport is operated half by SNCF (from CDG Airport to Paris Gare du Nord) and half by RATP (from Paris Gare du Nord to Orly Airport and the end of the line). This means that when a train arrives at Gare du Nord train station, there’s a change of train drivers: the SNCF train driver goes off the train and the RATP train driver goes on the train (or vice-versa).

If SNCF staff or RATP staff are on strike, expect disruptions in this interconnection. Most of the time, this interconnection is suspended.

So what happens when this interconnection is suspended? If the train is traveling for example from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Châtelet train station or beyond, the train will stop at Gare du Nord (level +1), all the passengers will get off the train and they will need to go downstairs 2 levels (to level -1) to take another train to go on with their journey.

The same will happen if the train is traveling from Paris Orly Airport to a train station beyond Gare du Nord: the train will stop at Gare du Nord (level -1), all the passengers will get off the train and they will need to go upstairs 2 levels (to level +1) to take another train to go on with their journey.

When the interconnection is suspended at Gare du Nord, there is always SNCF or RATP staff wearing yellow vests (but these ones are kind people!) to tell travelers where to go to proceed with their journey.

Sounds complicated? Not really, but it is annoying to go upstairs or downstairs, especially if you are carrying big suitcases or backpacks.

 

3b How to Get from Paris Airport to City during a Transportation Strike in Paris

Transportation from Airport to Paris

Allow Extra Time when traveling from Paris city to Airport

During transportation strikes in France, there will be fewer trains, tramways, and buses running. Also, the train interconnection (RATP – SNCF) at Gare du Nord might be suspended.

In any case, expect the working trains or buses to be cramped to the point to let them go and wait for the next one.

Check RER B’s schedule and the specific metro line or bus line schedules during the strike before leaving your hotel and allow extra time to reach the airport.

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Know All the Transportation Options Paris Airports  – City

There are many ways (private transportation and public transportation) to travel from Paris airports to the city. Know all the options to travel Paris Airports – city and plan your journey accordingly. You can find all the transportation options in our Paris – Airport Transportation Guides:

» Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Transportation Guide

» Paris Orly Airport Transportation Guide

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Consider Private /Shared Airport Transfers to Paris

During the last transportations strikes in Paris, taxis were working just fine but the taxi request was much higher than the offer and it was necessary to book their services well in advance.

Get ready for higher prices on services like Uber. During the transportation strike of September 13, the prices for both Kapten and Uber were reported as being 2-2.5 x normal rate when people were able to secure rides.

Book an airport transfer and avoid the strikes hassle. The good thing about Paris airport transfers is that their price does not change because of a strike AND their service is not affected by the Paris strikes. Whatever happens during a transportation strike in Paris, your driver will be there at the airport or your hotel waiting for you.

TIP:  We like  Welcome ‘s transfer services for private transfers, Welcome has good cars and the best English speaking drivers in Paris. 

 

Other transfer options:

» Book a shared transportation service with Get Your Guide.  This option only costs 6€ more than the Airport-Paris ticket and avoids you all the strikes hassle.

 

IMPORTANT: We recommend booking these services in advance, especially during the Christmas holidays. Christmas in Paris and the last days of the year are peak season in Paris, with many people traveling.

 

 

Consider Airport Transfers to Disneyland Paris

Book an airport transfer and avoid the strikes hassle. The last thing you want to do after a long flight is to fight for getting a bus or a train to Disneyland Paris, especially if you are traveling with kids, seniors or a lot of luggage.

The good thing about Paris airport transfers is that their service is not affected by the Paris strikes. Whatever happens during a transportation strike in Paris, your driver will be there waiting for you.

TIP:  We like  Welcome ‘s transfer services for private transfers, Welcome has good cars and the best English speaking drivers in Paris. 

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Buy the Paris City Pass with Skip-the-Line Tickets + Airport Transfer to City

Paris City Pass

If you were considering the purchase of a Paris Tourist Pass, have a look at the Paris City Pass.

The Paris City Pass is like a magic wand for Paris. Apart from the skip-the-line tickets to the Louvre Museum and Montparnasse Tower, the pass comes with a FREE airport transfer from Charles de Gaulle or Orly to the city center, plus a 3-day valid Metro card.

Finally, the Paris City Pass includes a Seine River cruise and a 20% discount on Paris top tourist attractions.

Find more information and buy your Paris City Pass with Airport Transfer

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Flying Early in the morning? Consider a Hotel Near the Airport with Shuttle Service

If your flight is leaving Paris 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 hassle during a strike day in Paris.

Another advantage of hotels close to Paris airports is that they usually propose very competitive prices because most tourists opt for a hotel located in the city.

Finally, most of these hotels also provide a free airport pickup /drop-off if you book it in advance.

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Here’s the list of our favorite hotels near Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Orly Airport. All these hotels come with airport shuttle service:

 

SHERATON PARIS ROISSY CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT

This is the only hotel located inside Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Terminal  2) which means you are within walking distance of your boarding gate. Despite its proximity to the airport, the rooms are very quiet and come with all the comfort and facilities of a Sheraton hotel.

Click here for the Latest Prices

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OCEANIA PARIS ROISSY CHARLES DE GAULLE

From all the hotels close to Charles de Gaulle 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 before or after a long flight. This hotel is located at 1.5km from Terminal 1 and it proposes an airport shuttle at no extra charge.

Click here for the Latest Prices


NOVOTEL PARIS ORLY RUNGIS

This 4-star hotel is a great value for money and a good option for your last night before taking your flight at Orly Airport, or for your full stay. Novotel Paris Orly Rungis has great facilities including a fitness room, an outdoor swimming pool, and a beautiful terrace. The rooms are spacious and modern and they all come with a bathroom with a shower or bathtub. The hotel proposes a free shuttle from Orly Airport to the hotel.

Click here for the Latest Prices

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BEST WESTERN PLUS PARIS ORLY AIRPORT

This 4-star hotel is conveniently located at only 5 minutes shuttle ride from Orly Airport. The hotel, with a 24-hour service desk and FREE Wi-fi, is comfortable, with spacious rooms, different shared areas to hang around and business facilities. The hotel proposes an airport shuttle at no extra charge.

Click here for the Latest Prices

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3c How to Get Around Paris during a RATP Strike

Metro in Paris

When RATP goes on strike, all the public transportation in Paris is affected. This includes the metro of Paris but also RER trains, tram and bus lines. Here are our best tips for getting around the city during strikes in Paris.

READ MORE: All about the Metro of Paris in our Paris by Metro Guide

 

 

Paris Metro Strikes: Be Flexible

metro of Paris

If you are traveling around Paris during Paris Metro strikes, be flexible AND patient.

During a Paris Metro strike, there will be fewer trains running so the waiting time between trains will be longer and the metro platforms will be more crowded.

UPDATE: Usually, a Paris Metro strike was not that painful, as long as people avoided the Paris Metro rush hour. However, last September 2019 some metro lines were totally closed and the few working lines offered very poor service. As an example, we live close to line 11 and line 7bis and none of them were operating during September 13, we had no public transportation running close to where we live!

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RATP Strikes: Consider Other Options

If you are staying in the central arrondissements of Paris and the weather is good, you can also consider other alternatives to the metro, tram or buses. These alternatives include Paris by bike, walking (walking is great in Paris!), or electric kick scooters for adults.

TIP: Click here to rent your bike in Paris!

 

For the coming RATP strikes starting on December 5, 2019, RATP has looked for some partnerships with transportation companies of all kinds. Thanks to these partnerships, you can use their services at a discounted price. The list of alternative transportation services includes:

  • Carpooling, car sharing
  • Taxi and moto-taxi
  • Free-floating electric cars
  • Free-floating scooters
  • Vélib
  • Electric kick scooters
  • Coworking platforms

More information (in English!) on the RATP page 
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Consider a Guided Day Tour out of Paris with Private Transportation

What to do in Paris if you cannot move around? If you were considering to see something else than Paris, a guided day tour with transportation can be a great idea during a transportation strike day in Paris.

The most popular day trips from Paris are covered by all the tour companies in the city so prices are usually very competitive. Also, some of the guided tours come with pick up /drop off at your hotel.

TIP: Check out the most popular Paris day trips

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4-  Air France Strikes January 2020

Air France Strikes

Air France Strike

Air France should directly inform the people whose flights will be affected by this mobilization. You can also consult the flight schedule one to two days in advance on Air France’s website.

UPDATE:

For days 6, 7, and 8 January 2020, Air France has confirmed all the flights.

For 9 January 2020, Air France has confirmed all the long-haul flights but disruptions are possible on short, medium-haul flights.

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4a Tips for Traveling to Paris during an Air France Strike

GOOD TO KNOW: Many Air France flights operate on share code with other air companies (HOP!, KLM, Delta…). Air France flights operated by an aircraft and a crew other than that of Air France might not be affected by this Air France strike.

On the other hand, if one of these other companies (HOP!, KLM, Delta…) is operating on share code with Air France and they are using Air France crew or Air France aircraft, these flights could be impacted.

Check your e-ticket to understand who is operating your flight. Air France? Somebody else on share code with Air France? Check their website and, if your flight is affected, see what re-booking  /cancellation options they offer.

 

You have not booked your flight to Paris with Air France yet

» Be flexible with your travel dates. If you were thinking about flying to Paris with Air France but you did not book your flights yet, avoid traveling to Paris during Air France strike dates.

» Consider other air companies to avoid eventual delays or cancellations.

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You have booked your flight to Paris with Air France already

First of all, take your e-ticket and check your flight status here to see if your flight is affected by the Air France strike or not. To do this, introduce your flight number and your travel date. The system will tell you immediately if your flight is delayed or canceled.

During Air France strikes you can anticipate, postpone and cancel your trip easily online. With Air France, 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.

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5-  French Air Strikes January 2020 and February 2020

Flight Disruptions for Thursday 9 January 2020

During the previous general French strike, air traffic controllers were mobilized. We do not yet know if this will be the case again for this new day of a general strike, keep clicking back for the latest information.

UPDATE: as in previous interprofessional movements, the air traffic controllers union USAC-CGT calls for mobilization. Check with your airline if your flight is impacted.

Please note that an air traffic controllers strike in France also affects flights crossing the French airspace even if they are not flying from /to France. Flights crossing the French airspace might be delayed due to the reduced number of planes that could be handled by the limited french air traffic controllers.

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National Strike in France by airline pilots, doctors, and lawyers on 3 February 2020

This strike concerns all the French territory. Expect flight disruptions in flights operated by French airlines. If Air France airline pilots follow this strike, Air France’s flight schedule will be also affected.

The impact on the services is usually announced 48-24 hours beforehand. Services usually affected:

  • Domestic flights in France
  • International flights from /to France

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5a Tips for Traveling to Paris during French Air Strikes

Transportation Paris Airport to City

French Air Strikes 2020

By French Air Strikes we mean strikes by French air companies or by pilots of French air companies flying from /to France.

Each flight company manages airstrikes differently but the process to follow in case of strikes is always the same: visit its website, check if your flight is affected and if so, follow their instructions for a change or refund.

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French Air Traffic Control Strikes 2020

France is the country with the highest number of air traffic controller strikes in the last five years, with 95 days of strike between 2010 and 2015.

These are the worst transportation strikes in France, with hundreds of flights from /to France delayed or canceled. Also, air traffic controllers strikes in France effect flights crossing the French airspace even if they are not flying from /to France. Flights crossing the French airspace might be delayed or re-routed due to the reduced number of planes that could be handled by the limited french air traffic controllers.

In other words: French Air Traffic Control Strikes mean chaos!

What to do during French Air Traffic Control Strikes? We recommend following the France strike news, monitor your flight on the air company’s website and consider their proposed options to change /refund your tickets.

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» Are you Entitled to Compensation if a French Transportation Strike Delays or Cancels your Flight?

European Regulation EC 261 covers delays (3h+ delay at the final destination), cancellations and denied boarding. It applies to:

  • Flights departing in Europe regardless of the airline (French overseas territories included).
  • Flights flying into Europe on a European carrier.

Non-EU-citizens or business travelers can also apply for flight compensation if they meet one of the two cases above.

 

Airlines are not always obligated to offer compensation following a strike because strikes are usually considered to be ‘extraordinary circumstances’. These are situations beyond the control of the airline and can include adverse weather conditions as well as certain strike action.

But when a flight is delayed or canceled due to strike action taking place by the airline’s own employees (eg pilots, airline staff), then the airline is required to pay compensation to passengers.

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TIP: If your flight to /from Paris or France was delayed 3+ hours we recommend checking your case with Air Help. Air Help is the world’s #1 flight compensation company. Since its foundation in 2017, Air Help has helped 16+M of air passengers.

Click here to check if you are eligible for compensation  |  Compensation pour retard ou annulation du vol

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6-  Gilets Jaunes in Paris

Paris stations closed

UPDATE: currently, there are no gilets jaunes demonstrations in Paris.

The object of the protests in Paris during the weekend of November 16 -17, 2019 was to commemorate the Gilets Jaunes’ first anniversary. These protests had a big impact on Paris public transportation, with many metro and RER train stations closed to the public.

Gilets Jaunes demonstrations usually take place on Saturdays, in central places like Concorde, or Champs Elysées, but also on the outskirts of Paris and on the main road accesses to Paris.

There are no transportation strikes in France or in Paris directly linked to Gilets Jaunes but some streets of Paris or roads around Paris might be blocked to transit because of the Gilets Jaunes.

What does it mean?

» It means that the Paris bus services and especially the bus services to the airport might be disrupted and the itinerary slightly modified to avoid the blocked streets or roads.

» It means that some central metro stations in Paris (e.g. Concorde, Champs Elysées) might be closed during these demonstrations in Paris.

TIP: Allow more time for your travels inside Paris but especially on the way to the airport

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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 🙁