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Table of Contents
- 1. French Transit Strikes & Paris Transit Strikes
- 2. Content of this Article
- 3. Calendar France Strikes & Paris Strikes [2020 – 2021]
- 4. Traveling to France during an SNCF Train Strike in France
- 5. Traveling to France during Air Strikes in France
- 6. RATP Paris Metro Strikes
- 7. Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) in Paris Strikes
1. French Transit Strikes & Paris Transit Strikes
Last update: 22 October 2020
Transport in France and in Paris is usually quite good but unfortunately, sometimes it is affected by strikes.
However, over time, we locals have learned 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 Paris strike 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 of this Paris transit strike.
Planning a trip to Paris soon? Go on reading this article on Transportation Strikes in France 2020, with the upcoming transportation strikes in Paris and France and our best tips for traveling to Paris during a Paris transportation strike.
2. Content of this Article
This article on transportation strikes is extensive and covers many topics. Learn what you can find in this article and what you won’t find:
» Paris Metro Strikes and other RATP services (RER, tramway, bus..) 2020 — Paris and the Parisian Region.
» Air France strikes 2020 — all France
» Other French flight companies strikes 2020 — all France
» French air traffic control strike dates 2020 — all France
» Paris Taxi strikes 2020 — Paris and the Parisian Region
» SNCF train strikes 2020 — all France
» Other train strikes in France 2020 — all France
This article does not cover foreign companies strikes covering France (e.g Deutsche Bahn or British Airways, both with connections with France).
This article on transport strikes in France and Paris 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 two articles covering these specific transportation strikes in France:
France Strike Update & Paris Strike Update
The strikes shown in this article are strikes officially confirmed. No rumors, no guessing, only planned strikes. Unfortunately, some strikes in France have confirmed only 24 hrs in advance, when negotiations with the French State have failed.
If you are traveling to Paris soon, we recommend having a quick look at the France and Paris strikes update (especially chapter #3) a few days before your trip and then the day before your departure to check if there is any France or Paris strike update.
3. Calendar France Strikes & Paris Strikes [2020 – 2021]
Are there any strikes in France today? /Are there any Paris strikes today?
National Strike in France. 5 CGT federations call on employees from the sectors: construction, energy, metallurgy, public services, and transport to go on strike at the national level on Tuesday 3 November 2020. New!
They denounce the strategies adopted by large companies and they are worried about jobs and the service provided to users.
For the time being, there’s no more information about this strike. Keep clicking for the latest updates!
Strikes in Paris 2020 & Strikes in France 2020
» Scheduled train strikes in France: waiting for information
» Scheduled Paris Metro Strikes and other RATP services: waiting for information
» Scheduled air strikes in France: waiting for information
» Scheduled General Strikes in France: no General strikes planned
4. Traveling to France during an SNCF Train Strike in France
TRAIN STRIKE DESCRIPTION: currently, there are no train strikes planned in Paris or France.
- National TGV trains: normal traffic.
- OUIGO: normal traffic.
- International Trains: normal traffic.
- Eurostar: normal traffic.
- Thalys: normal traffic.
- Lyria trains: normal traffic.
- TER trains: normal traffic. For more information, please check the regional sites:
- Intercities: normal traffic
- Transilien: normal traffic. For more information, please check the Transilien’s website
4a. Traveling to France with Other Trains FAQ
» Will my Eurostar /Thalys /TGV Lyria /Deutsche Bahn train be affected by the Transportation Strike in France?
Even if these trains are not on strike, a French strike action could impact their ability to deliver the usual timetable. As a result, they may need to adapt its timetable during the strike days in France.
- Click here for more Eurostar traffic information
- Click here for Thalis traffic information
- Click here for TGV Lyria traffic information
- Click here for Deutsche Bahn traffic information
4b. What to Do during a Train Strike France
Are you traveling to/ from Paris by train during an SNCF strike? Check out our recommendations.
YOU HAVE NOT BOOKED YOUR TICKETS YET
Paris is always a good idea but it is even a better idea if there are no train strikes around. If there’s a transportation strike, France can wait.
» 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.
» 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.
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.
5. Traveling to France during Air Strikes in France
AIR STRIKE DESCRIPTION: currently, there are no air French air strikes planned in France.
5a. What to Do during Air France Strikes
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.
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.
5b. What to Do during Other French Air Strikes in France
This chapter is dedicated to those strikes by French air companies (other than Air France) 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.
5c. What to Do during French Air Traffic Control Strike Dates
GOOD TO KNOW: 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 in France strikes, with hundreds of flights from /to France delayed or canceled. Also, air traffic controllers strikes in France affect 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 a French Air Traffic Control Strikes in Paris or France? 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.
5d. Are you Entitled to Compensation if your Flight is Cancelled or Delayed by French Strikes?
European Regulation EC261 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.
TIP: If your flight to /from Paris or France was delayed 3+ hours due to a strike in France, 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 16M+ of air passengers.
6. RATP Paris Metro Strikes
GOOD TO KNOW: The metro in Paris is managed by the company RATP. RATP is responsible for most of the public transport in Paris, and in the Parisian region. RATP includes the Paris Mero, tram, bus services, and part of the Réseau Express Régional (RER) network.
RATP METRO STRIKE PARIS DESCRIPTION: currently, there are no RATP strikes planned in Paris.
6a. How to Get from Airport to your Hotel during a RATP Strike in Paris
GOOD TO KNOW: 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 SNCF or RATP are on strike, this connection is disrupted or suspended.
ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO TRAVEL FROM PARIS TO AIRPORT
During a transportation strike, Paris will be served by 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.
CONSIDER PRIVATE /SHARED AIRPORT TRANSFERS
During the last Paris transport strikes, 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.
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.TIP: 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 A PRIVATE TRANSFER AIRPORT – 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.
We like Welcome ‘s transfer services for private transfers, Welcome has good cars and the best English speaking drivers in Paris.
If you are 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.
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.
Here’s the list of our favorite hotels near the Paris Airports, all with FREE airport shuttle service:
- Sheraton – Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: located inside CDG Airport (Terminal 2)
- Hilton – Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: located at 0.3 Km from CDG Airport, Terminal 1
- Courtyard by Marriott – Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: located at 2.9 km from CDG Airport, Terminal 2
- Novotel – Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: located at 0.1 Km from CDG Airport, Terminal 1
- Best Western Plus – Paris Orly Airport: located at 2.8 Km from ORY Airport
- Howard Hotel – Paris Orly Airport: located at 1.9 Km from ORY Airport
- Mercure – Paris Orly Airport: located at 1.2 Km from ORY Airport
- Novotel – Paris Orly Airport: located at 3 Km from ORY Airport
IN CASE YOU DECIDE TO TAKE THE RER TRAIN AIRPORT – CITY DURING A RATP STRIKE
If you feel adventurous and want to travel from airport to your hotel during a transportation strike, you need to check 2 things beforehand:
» Is the interconnection SNCF – RATP suspended? You will find this information at the beginning of chapter 6. 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.
» Is the closest metro station to your hotel open? During transportation strikes, some metro stations may be closed so make sure you know where to stop to reach your hotel before taking the metro.
6b. How to Get from Train Station to your Hotel during RATP Paris Strikes
Train stations in Paris are all within the city so in normal circumstances you are going to take the metro to reach your hotel. However, during a RATP strike, metros will be less frequent, more crowded and some metro stations may be closed.
CONSIDER A HOTEL NEAR YOUR TRAIN STATION
If you can change your booking, we recommend looking for a hotel near your train station, a hotel that you can reach on foot. Pack light and save time and lots of stress with a hotel conveniently located near your train station. This will be especially helpful when you need to take the train back home: you don’t want to miss your train!
Hotels located at less than 1 Km from Gare du Nord:
- 25 Hours Hotel Terminus Nord: located at 0.1 Km (6-min walk) from Gare du Nord
- Le Rocroy Hotel Paris Gare du Nord: located at 0.3 Km (5-min walk) from Gare du Nord
- Hotel Whistler: located at 0.2 Km (6-min walk) from Gare du Nord
Hotels located at less than 1 Km from Gare de l’Est:
- Le Robinet d’Or: located at 0.4 Km (8-min walk) from Gare de l’Est
- OKKO Hotels Paris Gare de l’Est: located at 0.1 Km (4-min walk) from Gare de l’Est
- Le Grand Quartier: located at 0.5 Km (7-min walk) from Gare de l’Est
Hotels located at less than 1 Km from Gare de Lyon:
- Hotel Parisianer: located at 0.1 Km (6-min walk) from Gare de Lyon
- CitizenM Paris Gare de Lyon: located at 0.2 Km (5-min walk) from Gare de Lyon
- Holiday Inn Paris Gare de Lyon: located at 0.3 Km (6-min walk) from Gare de Lyon
6c. How to Get around Paris during RATP Paris Transport Strikes
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.
If you are traveling around Paris during Paris Metro strikes, be flexible AND patient. Avoid transportation peak hours (from 8.30 am to 9.30 am and from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm) and open your mind to other transportation options or to change your sightseeing plans.
WALK, WALK AND WALK
If the weather in Paris is good, we suggest walking as much as you can. Walking times between distant points within Paris are not long and in many cases, walking distances between metro stations are usually less than a 10-minute walk.
TIP: Check out this metro map, with the walking distances between metro stations.
CONSIDER OTHER TRANSPORTATION 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.
CONSIDER A GUIDED 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 day of transportation strike 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.
7. Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) in Paris Strikes
GILETS JAUNES DEMONSTRATIONS DESCRIPTION: currently, there are no Gilets Jaunes demonstrations planned in Paris.
7a. How to Get around Paris during Gilets Jaunes Demonstrations
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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