Paris Travel Blog 2018. Last Update: 12th December 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, October 2018 and December 2018. Check our Paris Strike Calendar with the new dates and our best tips and tricks for traveling to Paris, France during strike days.
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, October 2018 and December 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, October and December 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)
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.
» Urban public transportation: RATP (bus, metro, RER trains)
PARIS STRIKE CALENDAR 2018
Visiting Paris or France? Find out if there are any Paris Strikes today.
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
France Strikes December 2018
- SNCF Trains Strike, all France: 14 December
- RATP Strike (metro, bus, RER), Parisian Region: 14 December
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.
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.
HOW TO GET FROM PARIS AIRPORT TO CITY DURING STRIKES IN PARIS
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
- Hotels near CDG Airport with Airport shuttle service
- Hotels near Orly Airport with Airport shuttle service
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 STRIKE 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, electric kick scooters for adults) if the weather is good. Be flexible AND31 patient.
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