- STRIKE IN FRANCE TODAY (FRENCH STRIKES 2018)
- PARIS STRIKES 2018 – PARIS TRANSPORT SERVICES AFFECTED
- PARIS STRIKE CALENDAR & FRANCE STRIKE CALENDAR
- TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO PARIS DURING TRAIN STRIKES
- TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO PARIS DURING AIR FRANCE STRIKES
- HOW TO GET FROM PARIS AIRPORT TO CITY DURING PARIS STRIKES
- PARIS PUBLIC TRANSPORT DURING FRENCH STRIKES DATES
Paris Travel Blog 2018. France Strikes 2018 post first published on 2nd April 2018. Last Update: 11th April 2018
STRIKE IN FRANCE TODAY (FRENCH STRIKES 2018)
This year spring in Paris comes with French transport strikes during the months of April, May and June 2018. We are talking about train strikes (TGV, RER, Transilien) but also Air France 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 April, May and June 2018 have a look at the strikes in France 2018 dates here below right now. If you are affected by strikes, go on reading, we tell you everything you need to know and our best tips for traveling to Paris during transport strikes in France.
READ MORE – Planning a Trip to Paris
PARIS STRIKES 2018 – PARIS TRANSPORT SERVICES AFFECTED
>> Paris Train Strike 2018: TGV, RER (lines A, B, C, D, and E), Intercity trains, TER trains, Eurostar, Thalys.
>> Air Strike 2018: Air France strikes.
Paris strike schedule goes (for the moment) from April to June 2018. For the moment we have Air France strike dates only for April 2018. If you are flying with Air France stay tuned for the latest updates.
PARIS STRIKE CALENDAR & FRANCE STRIKE CALENDAR
Paris Strike Dates List
France Strikes April 2018
- Train Strikes on 3, 4, 8, 9, 13, 14, 18, 19, 23, 24, 28 and 29 April
- Air France Strikes on 6, 7, 10, 11, 17 April
France Strikes May 2018
- Train Strikes on 3, 4, 8, 9, 13, 14, 18, 19, 23, 24, 28, 29 May
- No Air France Strikes in May (for the moment)
France Strikes June 2018
- Train Strikes on 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 22, 23, 27, 28 June
- No Air France Strikes in June (for the moment)
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 spring but you have not booked yet, avoid traveling to Paris during the strike days. Actually, SNCF website (oui.sncf) 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.
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 the strike days. 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.
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.
HOW TO GET FROM PARIS AIRPORT TO CITY DURING PARIS STRIKES
Consider Private /Shared Paris Airport Transfers
Hoppa.com proposes comfortable shared or private Paris Airport Transfers from Charles de Gaulle to Paris. Their clients love especially their “door to door” transportation from Paris Airport to hotel but you can choose other destinations in the city. Their three options (shared shuttle, private transfer, executive transfer) cover all the clients’ needs and budgets. Their shared shuttle, for example, is not much more expensive than the train option and it can save you all the transportation hassle. Hoppa’s motto is “arrive happy” and yes, after a long flight to Paris, this is the only thing that you want!
Viator.com also proposes private transfers from CDG Airport to Paris, with similar prices. If you have no preferences, check and compare prices and services with both companies.
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.
Allow Extra Time if traveling by train from Paris to Airport
During Paris strikes, 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 RERB’s schedule before leaving your hotel and allow extra time.
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.
Here are our favorite hotels near Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, with Airport Shuttle Service:
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.
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!
PARIS PUBLIC TRANSPORT DURING FRENCH STRIKES DATES
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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) if the weather is good. Be flexible AND patient.
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