TRANSPORTATION IN FRANCE TODAY
Paris Travel Blog 2019. Last Update: 3 June 2019, 8 am (GMT+2)
Transportation in France and Paris is usually quite good but unfortunately, sometimes it is affected by strikes. However, we locals have learned over time to deal with French transport 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 tomorrow, some people living on the outskirts of Paris may decide to take a day off at work to avoid the transportation hassle.
Planning a trip to Paris soon? Go on reading this article on Transportation Strikes in France 2019, with the new strike dates and our best tips for traveling to Paris during France strikes.
FRENCH STRIKE UPDATE: the dates shown on our Strikes in France 2019 calendar are officially confirmed. Unfortunately, some transportation strikes in France are confirmed only 24hrs in advance so 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 see if there are new transport strikes in France added.
FRANCE STRIKE NEWS & STRIKES IN PARIS 2019
Are there any strikes in Paris today?
Following the France transportation strikes of October 2018, December 2018, and February 19, additional strike days have been announced for the months of February, March, April, May 2019 and
perhaps June 2019. The transportation strikes of April 2019 and May 2019 are confirmed while on June 2019 it is not clear yet what will happen just confirmed that there’s going to be a transportation strike.
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TRANSPORT STRIKES IN FRANCE – SERVICES AFFECTED
Coming Strikes in France 2019:
» SNCF (France’s network of trains) have just confirmed that they plan to go on strike on 4th June. Check our Strikes Calendar with the services affected here below.
GILETS JAUNES IN PARIS 2019
Gilets Jaunes demonstrations usually take place on Saturdays, in central places like Concorde, or Champs Elysées, but also on the outskirts of Paris. There is no transportation in France strikes 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.
OUR TIP: Please allow more time for your travels inside Paris but especially on the way to the airport
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TRANSPORT IN FRANCE: ANNOUNCED FRANCE & PARIS STRIKES 2019
Visiting Paris or France soon? Is there any Paris strike today? Find out if there are any French strikes today on the Paris strike calendar 2019.
Ongoing Strikes since March 2019:
» Customs officers have been on strike since 8 March. This causes disruptions in international transport (boats, planes, trains), with longer waiting lines for passport control.
Paris and France Strikes in April 2019
» Transportation Strike by Air Corsica starting from 27 April 2019 and for an unlimited period. The SNPNC-FO calls the Air Corsica workers to go on strike for an unlimited time. This strike will affect all the flights operated by Air Corsica from /to Corsica, also including international flights. The trade union seems ready to negotiate until the very last moment. If negotiations fail, visit Air Corsica website to check if your flight is kept.
France and Paris Strikes in May 2019
» General Strike by State Workers on 9 May 2019. The Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) has asked airlines to reduce the number of scheduled flights for this day. Certain flights #Orly or #Charles de Gaulle can be delayed or canceled. Contact your airline to find out if your flight is impacted.
» French Air Pilots Strike from
6 to 11 May 2019 14 to 19 May 2019. This strike will affect all the French Airlines, not only Air France. You can find the list of all the French Airlines here. There is no more information on this strike for the moment but many domestic and international flights might be affected.
UPDATE: this movement will concern all the airlines operating from /to France. Flights not stopping in France but crossing the French airspace might be also affected. Contact your airline to find out if your flight is impacted.
UPDATE1: following an agreement with the French government, this transportation strike in France has been canceled!
France and Paris Strikes in June 2019
» SNCF Trains Strike, all France on Tuesday 4 June 2019. What was initially considered as a “protest”, without consequences on the trains schedule, it is now a real call for a strike. There will, therefore, be a Trains Strike with risks of disruption in the train traffic on Tuesday, June 4, and the evening before and until the next morning. As usual, national and international train traffic forecasts will be available on the SNCF website probably the day before the movement at the end of the afternoon.
- Disruptions and possibly some cuts in national train lines
- Disruptions and possibly train cuts in international train lines
- Disruptions and possibly train cuts in trains Paris Airports – Paris train lines
Read our Tips for Traveling during French Trains Strikes and Tips for Traveling from Paris Airport to the City during Paris Public Transportation Strikes here below.
Remember that other strike days may follow in the coming days. Also, if there’s an agreement with the French State, some strikes may be canceled.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO PARIS DURING FRENCH TRAIN STRIKES 2019
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 train strikes around. Be Flexible with your travel dates. If you were thinking about visiting Paris but you have not booked yet, avoid traveling to Paris on strike. Actually, when there are train strikes in France, the SNCF website usually does not allow any more bookings during French strike days.
You have booked your train tickets to/from Paris
If you have booked your train during train strike dates please don’t panic! First of all, and check on the SNCF website if your train is canceled or not. To do this click on “Train Number” 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, instead, 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.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO PARIS DURING AIR FRANCE STRIKES 2019
You have not booked your flight to Paris yet
Be Flexible with your travel dates. If you were thinking about visiting Paris but you have not booked your flights yet, avoid traveling to Paris during Air France strike dates. If it is not possible for you visiting Paris out of Air France strike dates, consider foreign flight companies to avoid at least the flying hassle.
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 strike or not. To do this, add on the website your flight number and your travel date. The system will tell you immediately if your flight is canceled or not.
During Air France strike dates, 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. Check all the possible options during Air France strikes here.
GOOD TO KNOW: 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 PARIS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION STRIKES
Train from CDG to Paris (RER B Paris)
Please note that during Paris public transportation 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 the 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.
Allow Extra Time if traveling by train from Paris to Airport
During transportation strikes in France, 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 one Check RER B’s schedule before leaving your hotel and allow extra time to reach the airport.
The good thing about Paris Airport transfers is that their service is not affected by France transportation strikes. Whatever happens during a transport Paris strike, your driver will be there waiting for you.
TIP: We like Welcome ‘s transfer services, with good cars and the best English speaking drivers in Paris.
If you were considering a Paris Tourist Pass, we recommend the Paris Sightseeing Pass. Paris Sightseeing Pass is like a magic wand for Paris. The pass comes with 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) plus a free use of public transport (bus, metro, RER trains) within zones 1-3. With Paris Sightseeing Pass, you are always set in case of strikes in Paris thanks to the free airport shuttle.
Flying early in the morning? 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 hassle during a strike day in Paris.
Another advantage of hotels close to your Paris Airport is that they propose very competitive prices 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 and Paris Orly Airport, all with Airport Shuttle Service:
The Sheraton Charles de Gaulle is the “Paris Airport Hotel”, is amongst all the CDG hotels the only CDG hotel inside the airport. Sheraton CDG Airport is located at Terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle Airport which means you are within walking distance of the boarding gates. Despite its proximity to the airport, the rooms are very comfortable and quiet.
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 after a long flight. This hotel is located at 1.5km from Terminal 1 and it proposes an airport shuttle at no extra charge.
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. Rooms are spacious and modern and they all come with a bathroom with shower or bathtub. The hotel proposes a free shuttle from Orly Airport to the hotel.
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.
PARIS PUBLIC TRANSPORT DURING FRENCH STRIKE DATES
The Paris strike calendar usually includes Paris public transport strikes, from Paris buses to the Parisian Metro or the tramway. Here are our best tips for getting around the city during the Paris transportation strikes.
Paris Metro Strike: Be Flexible
If you are traveling around Paris during French Strikes 2019, flexibility is key. 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. Said that a Paris Metro Strike is not that painful, as long as you avoid the Paris Metro rush hour. Allow extra time for your trips, especially if you have an appointment.
READ MORE – Paris by Metro Guide
If you are staying in the central arrondissements of Paris, you can also consider other alternatives if the weather is good such as Paris by bike, walking (walking is great in Paris!), or electric kick scooters for adults). Be flexible AND patient.
Paris Bus Strikes and Paris Tramway Strikes: Be Flexible
Consider other transportation alternatives during Paris bus strikes or Paris Tramway strikes. Not only there are fewer buses and trams working, but there are also more cars than usual on the streets of Paris.
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