France: Strikes disrupt travel

Updated 05 July 2018, 14:00 Melbourne local time

Travel by train

Just as the 3-month long rail strikes came to an end on Thursday 28th June, two of the French rail unions have called for the strikes to continue on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th July.

You can check the status of your train on the SNCF website. This contains information about trains up to 24 hours before departure. Any cancellations will be updated on their website by 17:00 (5pm) the day before travel. Eurostar and Thalys are not impacted by this latest strike.

If your train is cancelled, you have the following two options:

  1. Exchange tickets for free at the station for an earlier or later service, subject to availability. Trains may be busy and seat reservations cannot be guaranteed during strike action. No compensation can be claimed should you not find a free seat onboard, as this national strike is beyond the railway’s control.
  2. If your train is cancelled, apply for a refund by sending an email to

Travelling during a strike is not always pleasant, but Rome2rio aims to make it as seamless as possible.

Read more:
Train travel in France: A guide to SNCF
Getting around France from Paris, by train

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