1. French Transit Strikes & Paris Transit Strikes
Transport in France and Paris is usually quite good, but unfortunately, sometimes it is affected by strikes.
However, we locals have learned to deal with French strikes over time. How? With the right information, a little bit of flexibility in our everyday life, and lots of patience.
Planning a trip to Paris soon? Go on reading this article on Transportation Strikes in France 2024, with the upcoming transportation strikes in Paris and France and our best tips to deal with them.
Last update: 22 February 2024
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:
- French Transit Strikes & Paris Transit Strikes
- Content of this Article
- Calendar France Strikes & Paris Strikes 2024
- Traveling to France during an SNCF Train Strike in France
- Traveling to France during Airport Strikes /Air Strikes in France
- Paris Metro Strikes and other RATP services
- Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) in Paris Strikes
In this article, you will also find information about Paris strikes this week, Paris strikes this month, France strikes this week, and France strikes this month.
This article does not cover the strikes by foreign companies traveling to France (e.g., Deutsche Bahn, British Airways).
If you are only interested in SNCF strikes or in Air France strikes, our little brother 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 are confirmed at the very last moment (only 24 hours in advance) when negotiations with the French State fail. This is why it is important to check this article from time to time if you plan to visit France soon.
If you are traveling to France, we recommend checking this post (especially chapter #3) a few days before your trip and the day before your departure for any updates.
3. Calendar France Strikes & Paris Strikes 2024
Are there any strikes in France today? /Are there any Paris strikes today?
>> There are two transportation strikes in France in February 2024 and one transportation strike in March 2024. There was also one strike notice filed for the next months. Check out the dates in the calendar right below.
Strikes in Paris 2024 & Strikes in France 2024
This calendar lists the Paris Strikes 2024. It also lists the main France Strikes in 2024. Transportation strikes in France are not planned months in advance; it is usually a short-notice thing, that’s why this calendar only covers three months.
1. Scheduled train strikes in France:
» Transportation strike by SNCF switchers: The Sud Rail union calls on switchers to cease their activities from Friday, 23 February 2024, at 11 a.m. to Saturday, 24 February 2024, at 11 p.m. Go to Chapter #4 for more details.
» Transportation strike by SNCF train controllers in all of France from 16 February 2024 to 18 February 2024.
» In Paris and the Ile-de-France region, some SNCF trains with connections with RATP trains could be impacted by the RATP strike from 5 February 2024 to 9 September 2024.
2. Scheduled Paris Metro strikes: strike notice by RATP from 5 February 2024 to 9 September 2024. Go to Chapter #6 for more details.
3. Scheduled Airport Strikes in France: nothing to report for the moment. Go to Chapter #5 for more details.
4. Scheduled Air Strikes in France: nothing to report for the moment. Go to Chapter #5 for more details.
5. Other Scheduled Transportation Strikes in France:
» Strike by La Méridionale and Corsica Linea, from Sunday, 11 March 2024, to Tuesday, 13 March 2024. The reason for this strike is the opening in April of the Toulon – L’Île-Rousse line of La Méridionale. Expect disruptions affecting maritime services to and from Corsica from Marseille. Travelers are invited to stay informed on the affected services via the official channels of the companies concerned.
» Unlimited strike by Grand Reims Mobilités (Citura), starting on Monday, 5 February 2024. The disruptions will affect the entire bus and tram network. You can check the latest news and traffic information here. Update: this strike is finished
* Opération Escargot (snail operation in English) is a French expression to define an action consisting of provoking a significant slowdown in traffic, or even a blockade, for protest purposes.
4. Traveling to France during an SNCF Train Strike in France
TRAIN STRIKE DESCRIPTION:
» Strike by SNCF switchers from Friday, 23 February 2024, at 11 a.m. to Saturday, 24 February 2024. The workers denounce their working conditions and a shortage of staff. According to the latest news, “in general, the train traffic will be almost normal on Friday and Saturday, with some localized disruptions. However, the mobilization risks being significant in the French Alps, the Paris region, and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.”
» Strike by SNCF train controllers from Friday, 16 February 2024 to Sunday, 18 February 2024. The reasons for the strike include demands for salary increases and better consideration of the end of career. There will be significant disruptions, with TGV train cancellations.
Generally, SNCF informs about the trains or train lines impacted 1-2 days before the strike date. Passengers on TGV or Intercités trains impacted by the strike are usually contacted by SMS or email (if they have provided their contact details). Passengers of regional trains (TER) can check traffic forecasts on the regional sites dedicated to TER trains.
CLARIFICATION: When we write, for example, “2 trains out of 3 on average,” it means that 2/3 of the usual trains for that day will be working.
- National TGV and INOUI trains: SNCF did not share specific information about TGV and INOUI trains. Passengers on canceled trains are usually warned by email or SMS.
- Axe Nord TGV: the mobilization could be significant in the Paris region, with localized disruptions
- Axe Est TGV: the mobilization could be significant in the Alps, with localized disruptions
- Axe Atlantique TGV: the mobilization could be significant in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, with localized disruptions
- Axe Sud Est TGV: the mobilization could be significant in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, with localized disruptions
- TGV InOUI:
- Province to province:
- Classic Ouigo trains:
- International Trains: SNCF did not share specific information about its trains traveling abroad. SNCF strikes could impact international lines.
- Lyria trains:
- Connections with Germany:
- Connections with Italy:
- France – Spain:
- TER trains: SNCF did not share specific information about regional trains. Mobilizations risk being important in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, in the Alps (Auvergne-Rhône Alpes), and in the Paris region. For more details, please check directly on the regional site (“info traffic,” then “grève”):
- Intercities: SNCF did not share specific information about Intercités trains. However, the mobilization risks being significant in the French Alps, the Paris region, and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Passengers on canceled trains are usually warned by email or SMS
- Transilien: no information. For more details, please check Transilien’s website
- RER Trains (part of the line managed by SNCF): no information. The connection SNCF /RATP at Gare du Nord is maintained.
- Night Trains: SNCF did not share specific information about night trains. However, the mobilization risks being significant in the French Alps, the Paris region, and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
- Tramway lines: no information.
4a.Traveling to France with Other Train Lines 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, French strike actions could impact their ability to deliver the usual timetable. As a result, they may need to adapt their timetable during the strike days in France.
4b. What to Do During a Train Strike in France
Are you traveling to/ from Paris by train during an SNCF strike? Here are our recommendations:
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. If there’s a transportation strike, France can wait.
» Be flexible with your travel dates. If you were considering a trip to Paris (or France) but 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 could 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. Check out our best tips for renting a car in France.
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! There may be some disruptions or delays, but you should be ok.
» If your train is canceled, SNCF proposes different solutions for this strike:
- a free exchange on all TGVs where there is space until Monday 19 February. There are still around 300,000 tickets for sale on the TGVs running
- OR a 100% refund of the ticket price if you cancel your trip scheduled between Friday, 16 February, and Monday, 19 February included
- For the SNCF Transportation Strike from 16 February to 18 February 2024, an “exceptional” commercial measure has been decided in favor of passengers whose train will be canceled this weekend: they will receive a code allowing them to make their next trip at -50% of the price, provided they book it within 30 days.
If, for any reason, your ticket is stated as “non-refundable” or the website does not propose 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.
» If your TGV, Intercité, or OuiGO train is delayed because of a train strike, you are entitled to compensations ranging from 25% to 75% of the ticket price depending on the length of the delay (minimum delay to request compensation is 30 minutes).
The requests for compensation for delayed TGV and Intercité trains are treated on this site: https://garantie30minutes.sncf.com/s/?language=en_US
5. Traveling to France during Airport Strikes /Air Strikes in France
AIRPORT STRIKE DESCRIPTION:
At the time of updating this post, there’s nothing to report.
A kind reminder that the last strikes by Air Traffic Controllers on 31 January 2023, 7 February 2023, and 16 February 2023 meant the impression of 20% of flights at Orly Airport and other French airports. Flights to France Overseas departing from Orly Airport weren’t concerned in the name of “territorial continuity.”
AIRLINE STRIKE DESCRIPTION:
At the time of updating this post, there’s nothing to report.
For more information on flight delays or cancellations, check out Chapter 5d here below.
GOOD TO KNOW: Usually, all airlines flying to /from France or flying over French airspace are impacted by the Air Controllers’ strikes. Additional disruptions can be expected depending on the mobilization of pilots, stewards, and hostesses, within the various airlines.
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 a share code with Air France and using Air France crew or Air France aircraft, these flights could be impacted.
Check your e-ticket to understand what air company is operating your flight. Is it Air France? Perhaps another air company on shared 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 have not booked 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, 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 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 its 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 strikes 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 controller strikes in France affect flights crossing 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 Strike in Paris or France? We recommend following the France strike news, monitoring your flight on the air company’s website, and considering their proposed options to change /refund your tickets.
5d. Are you Entitled to Compensation if your Flight is Canceled 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 ‘extraordinary circumstances.’ These are situations beyond the airline’s control and can include adverse weather conditions and certain strike actions.
But when a flight is delayed or canceled due to strike action taking place by the airline’s own employees (e.g., pilots, airline staff), the airline must 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+ air passengers – Click here to check if you are eligible for compensation
In addition to flight delays, here’s the list of all the airplane passengers’ rights to compensation, according to the European Union. https://www.europe-consommateurs.eu/en/travelling-motor-vehicles/air-travel/air-passenger-rights.html
6. Paris Metro Strikes and Other RATP Services
GOOD TO KNOW: The company RATP is responsible for most of the public transport in Paris and the Parisian region. RATP includes the Paris Mero, tram, bus services, and part of the Réseau Express Régional (RER) network.
The CGT RATP has filed a strike notice from 5 February 2024 at 7 p.m. to 9 September 2024 at 8 a.m. concerning all RATP staff. The union justifies this decision by “insufficient 2024 salary measures” in the context of inflation and preparation for the Paris Olympic Games 2024.
The notice concerns “all RATP staff, in each category and in each service.” Disruptions are expected on the Ile-de-France transport network, including during the period of the Paris Olympic Games 2024.
Metro Lines: waiting for more information.
Clarification: When we write, for example, “1 train out of 3 from 6.00 am to 10 am and from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm,” it means that between 10 am and 4 pm, there’s no metro service. When we write, for example, “2 trains out of 3 on average,” it means that 2/3 of the usual trains will be working.
- Line 1: normal traffic (it’s an automatic line)
- 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: this line closes at 10 pm from Tuesday to Thursday due to construction works
- Line 12:
- Line 13:
- Line 14: this line closes at 10 pm due to construction works
RATP RER Trains: waiting for information. The interconnections with SNCF are working normally.
The RER B train is the train that travels to Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly –> see chapters 6 and 6a of this post to understand how strikes on this line work.
- RER A: The interconnection RATP /SNCF at Nanterre-Préfecture is [TBD] kept
- RER B: The interconnection RATP /SNCF at Gare du Nord (to go to the airport) is [TBD] kept (there’s no need to change trains at Gare du Nord on the surface to continue the journey ) –> Check out Chapter 6a
- RER C, RER D, and RER E:
Bus: waiting for information.
Tramway: waiting for information.
- Line T1:
- Line T2:
- Line T3a:
- Line T3b:
- Line T5:
- Line T6:
- Line T7:
- Line T8:
6a. How to Get from the Airport to your Hotel during a RAP /SNCF 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 THE 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 of letting 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 13 September 2021, the prices for both Kapten and Uber were reported as 2-2.5 times the normal rate when people could secure rides.
Book an airport transfer and avoid the strike 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 waiting for you at the airport or your hotel.
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 airport-Paris. This option only costs a few euros more than the Airport-Paris ticket and avoids all the strike hassle.
We recommend booking these services in advance, especially during the Christmas holidays. Christmas in Paris and the last days of the year are the peak season in Paris, with many people traveling.
CONSIDER A PRIVATE TRANSFER AIRPORT – DISNEYLAND PARIS
Book an airport transfer and avoid the strike hassle. After a long flight, the last thing you want to do is fight to get 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 the Paris strikes do not affect their service. 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.
FLYING EARLY IN THE MORNING? CONSIDER A HOTEL NEAR THE AIRPORT WITH A 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 waking 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 offer 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 0.3 Km from CDG Airport, Terminal 1
- Courtyard by Marriott – Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: located 2.9 km from CDG Airport, Terminal 2
- Novotel – Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: located 0.1 Km from CDG Airport, Terminal 1
IN CASE YOU DECIDE TO TAKE THE RER TRAIN AIRPORT – CITY DURING A RATP STRIKE
If you feel adventurous and want to travel from the 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 are kind people!) to tell travelers where to go to proceed with their journey. Sounds complicated? Not really, but it isn’t very pleasant 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 will take the metro to reach your hotel. However, during a RATP strike, metros will be less frequent and 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 less than 1 Km from Gare du Nord:
6c. How to Get around Paris during RATP Paris Transport Strikes
Fewer trains will run during a Paris Metro strike, 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 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 above, 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 renting a bike (check out our quick guide to 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 seeing something other than Paris, a guided day tour with transportation could be a great idea during a day of transportation strike in Paris.
All the city tour companies cover the most popular day trips from Paris, so prices are usually very competitive. Also, some guided tours come with pick up /drop off at your hotel.
7. Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) in Paris Strikes
GILETS JAUNES DEMONSTRATIONS DESCRIPTION: Nothing to report.
7a. How to Get around Paris during Gilets Jaunes Demonstrations
Gilets Jaunes are back, but their presence is not massive compared to previous years. Gilets Jaunes demonstrations usually take place on Saturdays, in central places like Concorde or Champs Elysées, and on Paris’s outskirts and the main road accesses to Paris.
There are no transportation strikes in France or 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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