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Navigating the strike: a traveller’s survival guide (Oct. 13)

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-10-13

Ongoing strikes in protest of pension reform continue to disrupt France’s transport system after millions of workers and students marched across the country on Tuesday. Here is FRANCE 24’s survival guide for commuters and travellers.

Travel information last updated October 13, at noon (GMT+2).

Air:

Domestic and international flights arriving and departing from Paris airports and the nearby Beauvais airport were back to near normal service on Wednesday.

For more flight information, see Paris airports website: www.aeroportsdeparis.fr

Individual airlines are posting information on flight cancellations on their own websites:

EasyJet, British Airways, Ryanair, Alitalia, bmibaby.com, Flybe, Air France



Rail:

International:

EUROSTAR (To London): Normal service
THALYS (Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands): 80 percent of trains running
LYRIA (to Switzerland): Normal service to Zurich, 50 percent of trains running to Geneva, no service to Bern.
ARTESIA (France-Italy): Service completely suspended
TALGO (France-Spain): Service completely suspended
Trains to Germany running at near normal service.

National:

TGV (From or to Paris): 33 percent of trains running
      - Northern routes: 50 percent of trains running
      - TGV Inter-province (avoiding Paris): 20 percent
CORAIL: 33 percent of trains running
TÉOZ: 33 percent of trains running
TER: 40 percent of trains running

For more information, also see national railway website www.sncf.com, or call +33 (0)805 90 36 35

Paris region:

TRANSILIEN: Average of 40 percent of trains running during peak hours.

For more information, see suburban Transilien website www.abcdtrains.com , or call 0805 700 805



RER, Metro and Tram system:

RER A: Normal service

RER B: 33 percent of trains running during peak hours, none within Paris itself. Trains to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport leave roughly every 20 minutes. All passengers must transfer at Paris Gare du Nord and Denfert-Rochereau stations.

RER C, D and E: 33 percent of trains running

Metro lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 14: Normal service
Metro line 3, 8, 13: Near normal service
Metro lines 5, 7bis, 12: 75 percent of trains running
Metro lines 3bis, 7, 9, 10: 66 percent of trains running

Tramways and city buses: Normal service

For more information, see RATP wesbite or call +33 (0) 800 15 11 11



The strike is expected to affect transport services is several French cities from October 12 to 30. Expect delays and cancelations for subway trains, buses and regional rail in:

Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Montpellier, Grenoble
 

Date created : 2010-10-13

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