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Transportation Strikes in France

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Transportation Strikes in France

Last Update: 27 July 2019

Transportation in France and in  Paris is usually quite good but unfortunately, sometimes it is affected by strikes.

However, we locals have learned over time 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 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 upcoming strikes in France and our best tips for getting around Paris.



French Strike Update

The strikes shown on this article are the French strikes planned and the dates are officially confirmed. Unfortunately, some France strikes are confirmed only 24hrs in advance, when negotiations have failed.

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 check the French strike update.


A nice introduction to Paris (despite the Paris strikes)

France Strikes and Paris Strikes 2019 

How to go from Paris airports to city

Are there any strikes in France today? /Are there Paris strikes this week?

Following the French air strikes 2019 and the SNCF strikes 2019 of the first semester, additional French strikes are announced for the second half of the year, with new French strikes planned for September 2019.


Strikes in Paris – Strikes in France 2019

French Strikes - Paris Strikes 2019

» Planned French air traffic control strike dates 2019: – –

» Planned French air strike dates 2019: – –

» Planned Air France strike dates 2019: – –

» Planned French train strike dates 2019: – –

» Planned taxi strike Paris dates 2019: – –

» Planned Paris metro strike dates 2019: 13 September


Remember that other strike days may follow in the coming days. Also, some strikes may be canceled if there’s an agreement with the government.


Paris and France Strikes in September 2019

» RATP strike on 13 September 2019. The unions of RATP agents call for a day of strike on Friday, September 13. They denounce the government’s plan to reform pension plans.

The disruptions on the transportation services could start on Thursday 12 at 6 pm and go on until Saturday 14 at 7 am.



Transport Strikes in France 2019  – Services Affected

Paris public transportation

Paris Strikes September 2019

» RATP Strike. Today, RATP is still responsible for most of the public transport in Paris, the rest of the Île-de-France region, including the Paris Métro, tram and bus services and part of the Réseau Express Régional (RER) network.

The impact on the services is usually announced 24 hours beforehand. Services affected:

  • Disruptions in the metro of Paris
  • Disruptions in the bus lines of Paris
  • Disruptions in the tram of Paris
  • Disruptions and possibly train cuts in the RER trains, including the lines from the Paris Airports to Paris
  • Disruptions in OrlyBus which is also a bus line operated by the RATP

Read our tips for getting around Paris and France during a transport strike in France here below.


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Tips for Getting Around Paris and France during an SNCF Strike 2019

train station in Paris

SNCF is the national railway system in France. Unfortunately, French train strikes are not uncommon in our country. This is how to proceed during SNCF strikes for national and international train trips.


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.

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 strike dates.

Actually, the SNCF website usually does not allow any more bookings during French train strike dates.



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, check on the SNCF website the France train strike schedule, 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, 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 French Air Traffic Control Strike Dates 2019 & French Air Strikes 2019

Transportation Paris Airport to City

French Air Strikes 2019

By French Air Strikes we mean strikes by French air companies or by pilots of French air companies flying from /to France.

Each flight company manages French Air strikes differently but the procedure 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.



French Air Traffic Control Strikes 2019

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 strikes in France, with hundreds of flights from /to France delayed or canceled. Also, other companies which do not have direct flights to and from France can be affected because of rerouting.

In other words: French Air Traffic Control Strikes cause chaos.

What to do during French Air Traffic Control Strikes? We recommend following the France strike news, monitor your flight on your air company’s website and consider seriously their proposed options to change /refund your tickets.


Tips for Traveling to Paris during an Air France Strike 2019

Air France Strikes

Air France Strikes 2019

GOOD TO KNOW: Many Air France flights operate on share code with other air companies. Air France flights operated by an aircraft and a crew other than that of Air France or Joon might not be affected by this Air France 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.


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 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 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 2019, 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.


How to Get from Paris Airport to City during a Transportation Strike in Paris

Transportation from Airport to Paris


Allow Extra Time when traveling from Paris city to Airport

Trains from Paris Airport to the city and vice versa are operated by RER B (RATP). OrlyBus and other bus lines from Paris Airport to the city are also operated by RATP.

During transportation strikes in France, there will be fewer trains and buses 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 and the specific bus line schedules before leaving your hotel and allow extra time to reach the airport.

TIP: Find all the transportation options in our Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Transportation Guide and our Paris Orly Airport Transportation Guide


Consider Airport Transfers to Paris or to 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 Paris.

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.

TIP:  We like  Welcome ‘s transfer services, with good cars and the best English speaking drivers in Paris. 


Buy the Paris City Pass with Skip-the-Line Tickets + Airport Transfer to City!

Paris City Pass

If you were considering 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 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.

Find more information and buy your Paris City Pass with Airport Transfer


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 are our favorite hotels near Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Orly Airport, all with Airport Shuttle Service:



This is the only hotel located inside Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Terminal  2) which means you are within walking distance of your boarding gate. Despite its proximity to the airport, the rooms are very quiet and come with all the comfort and facilities of a Sheraton hotel.

Click here for the Latest Prices



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 before or after a long flight. This hotel is located at 1.5km from Terminal 1 and it proposes an airport shuttle at no extra charge.

Click here for the Latest Prices


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.

Click here for the Latest Prices



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.

Click here for the Latest Prices



Paris Public Transport during Strikes in Paris

Metro in Paris

When RATP goes on strike, all the public transportation in Paris is affected. This includes the metro of Paris but also tram and bus lines. Here are our best tips for getting around the city during strikes in Paris.


Paris Metro Strikes: Be Flexible

metro of Paris

If you are traveling around Paris during the strikes in Paris, be flexible AND patient.

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.

TIP: Read all about the Metro of Paris in our Paris by Metro Guide


If you are staying in the central arrondissements of Paris and the weather is good, you can also consider other alternatives such as Paris by bike, walking (walking is great in Paris!), or electric kick scooters for adults.



Paris Bus Strikes and Paris Tramway Strikes: Consider Other Options

During Paris bus and tram strikes, we recommend considering other transportation options. Not only there are fewer buses and trams working, but there are also more cars than usual on the streets of Paris.



Gilets Jaunes in Paris

Paris stations closed

Gilets Jaunes demonstrations usually take place on Saturdays, in central places like Concorde, or Champs Elysées, but also on the outskirts of 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

UPDATE: Good news, the Gilets Jaunes disruptions finished on 18th July, hopefully forever!


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  • Jim
    05/04/2018 at 7:12 am


    I need to leave from Paris to Bern, Swiss on 28May, as everything has been booked and can not be canceled, what is your suggestion as we hit the strike day? Thank you very much.

    • WorldInParis
      05/06/2018 at 11:20 am

      Hi Jim! Are you traveling by train or with Air France? Strike days does not mean that everything is blocked. Only a few flights or trains are canceled. The first thing to do is to check if your train or flight is affected and if so, check with the company what options you have. Good luck!

  • Mari
    04/30/2018 at 2:27 pm

    Would like to know if buses run from Paris to the Disneyland Park. If so will buses run during strike days?

    • WorldInParis
      05/01/2018 at 5:21 pm

      Hey Mari. Are these buses private buses or public buses? Do you know the company name? If so, the best way to find it out is by checking their website

  • Jene Studer
    04/16/2018 at 1:38 am

    Roissey Bus is not affected by strike is it? How about HOP Airlines?

  • Karma
    04/14/2018 at 4:47 pm

    Hi thanku for ur tips. We are travelling to Paris on 23 rd April strike day , will our connecting flight to Nice be affected .thanku

    • WorldInParis
      04/14/2018 at 7:06 pm

      Are your connecting flight with Air France? If so, check if that specific flight is concerned or not (it is explained in the post). If it is not an Air France flight there should be any problem.

  • Uditha
    04/11/2018 at 6:04 pm

    thanks for detailed guide. We are supposed to travel on 18th April which seems to be a strike date. what will be best way to reach hotel ? will metros work in strike days and what is best option to travel within city during strike dates ? also we plan for disneyland and versailes visits. if any of those collide with a strike date , is there any alternate cost effective options to travel to these attractions ?

    • WorldInParis
      04/12/2018 at 8:07 am

      Hi Uditha,
      You will find on the article some alternatives to public transportation:
      -private or shared transfer from airport to the hotel (we give a couple of options, links on the post)
      -if you are considering to buy skip the line tickets, consider the Paris Sightseeing Pass which also includes transfers airport-city center-airport in the price (link on the post)
      -no problem with metros as long as you don’t use them during the rush hours
      -day trips can be tricky, especially because we want to leave early in the morning and this is the worst time to travel during strikes. Prioritize days without strikes, or consider guided day tours (Versailles)

      • Uditha
        04/12/2018 at 8:10 am

        thank you very much for comprehensive answer.

  • imports news
    04/10/2018 at 5:10 pm

    Amazing! Its genuinely remarkable article, I have got much
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    04/10/2018 at 12:36 pm

    We have booked train tickets from paris to zurich on the 28th April, which looks like is not gonna work. Can you suggest anything else. Journey by bus seems very tedious and by flight very expensive. 🙁

    • WorldInParis
      04/10/2018 at 9:00 pm

      Can’t you change your travel dates? There is also the shared car option (bla bla car)

        04/15/2018 at 1:08 pm

        We have booked the bus. Travel dates not in a position to change becos all accomodation fixed and we are travelling to other countries as well. So looks like have to bear with the long bus journey. 🙁

        • WorldInParis
          04/15/2018 at 3:42 pm

          Sorry to hear that. Good luck! 🙂

  • Robin
    04/09/2018 at 5:31 pm

    I’m supposed to be flying into Paris on May 8th and taking a flight to Tel Aviv that day, then flying back to Paris on May 16th for 4 days. Have you heard anything about Air France strikes for the month of May yet?

    • WorldInParis
      04/10/2018 at 9:02 pm

      No sorry. I update the post as soon as I I know something else. Stay tuned…

      • Robin
        04/11/2018 at 1:41 pm

        Thank you, I’ll keep checking here. This site is awesome!

        • WorldInParis
          04/12/2018 at 8:08 am

          Glad it was helpful 🙂

  • Celine
    04/06/2018 at 9:46 pm

    Wow! This site is fantastic. We’re are a bit freaked out, having booked flights and hotels for smack in the middle of the strike, but now we feel more hope! Thank you so much for the comprehensive, practical help! (Geee, I wonder if anything has changed in Paris since I was there at 16 in 1970. If the McDonald’s is gone, I’ll be very happy!)

    • WorldInParis
      04/07/2018 at 7:44 pm

      McDonald’s is still there, and (#spoiler) there is even worse!

  • Chitra
    04/06/2018 at 12:16 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the information. I will be travelling to Paris in the month of May this year. I wanted to know if the Paris metro also is on strike?

    • WorldInParis
      04/07/2018 at 7:45 pm

      Yes but nothing to worry if you are traveling out of the rush hours

      • Janos
        04/10/2018 at 8:39 pm

        Might be i am wrong, but should i understand the metros don’t operate on strike days?

        • WorldInParis
          04/10/2018 at 8:58 pm

          Yes, they do operate but there are many metros and more cramped. Honestly, so far it was OK with metros as long as you stay out of the rush hours

  • Kelly
    04/05/2018 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you for your general tips. If I have an Air France flight already booked for Saturday, May 19 at 1pm and a hotel already booked near the Eiffel Tower, what do you suggest is the best way for me to get to the airport during the strike and how long do you think it’ll take to get to the airport? Any advice would be appreciated!

    • WorldInParis
      04/12/2018 at 9:32 am

      Hi Kelly, somehow I missed your questions! We recommend shared or private transportation from the airport to the hotel. There are a couple of options in the post, if you may want to check. By public transportation, during a normal day, I’d say around 1hour (RER B + metro). During a strike day, it can be anything. If you take a transfer, my GPS says it’s a 37 mins ride from Airport to Eiffel Tower but it also depends on the traffic and if you take a private or shared transfer with other people.

      • Kelly
        04/14/2018 at 4:21 pm

        Thanks for the advice. We ended up booking a private car to take us to and from the airport. Fingers crossed!

        • WorldInParis
          04/14/2018 at 7:07 pm

          Good luck! 🙂

  • Veronika Primm
    04/05/2018 at 10:36 am

    This is so insane with the strikes, isn’t it? I’m so glad I don’t have any travels planned in France in the upcoming months. Good luck dealing with all that!

    • WorldInParis
      04/07/2018 at 7:46 pm

      I wanted to travel but planning a trip during these months is too hard 🙁