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Navigating the strike: a traveller's survival guide (Oct. 23)

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-10-23

Strikes to protest a pension reform bill continue to disrupt France’s transport system for an 11th day on Saturday. Here is FRANCE 24’s survival guide for commuters and travellers.

Travel information last updated October 23 at 10:15am (GMT+2).

Air:

Most flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports will be running as scheduled on Saturday.

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

Individual airlines are posting information on flights on their own websites:

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



Rail:

International:

EUROSTAR: (To London): Normal service, however connecting services in France may be affected.
THALYS: At least a dozen trains have been cancelled. Check Thalys' modified timetable for Saturday. Passengers holding tickets for missed services can take later trains.

National (the following websites are in French):

TGV:
      - To or from Paris: Eight in ten trains running. 
      - Inter-province (avoiding Paris): Eight in ten trains running.
CORAIL: One in two trains running. 
TÉOZ: One in two trains running to or from Paris. Two in three trains running between other cities.
TER: One in two trains running.
TRANSILIEN: One in two trains running on average.


For more information, see the national railway website www.sncf.com, or call +33 (0)805 90 36 35. Also see the Transilien website www.abcdtrains.com or call 0805 700 805.



Paris RER, Metro and Tram system:

Metros and trams should be running normally on Saturday. Some city bus routes will be affected by demonstrations from 11:00am to 3pm, especially around place de l'Opera.

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



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

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

Date created : 2010-10-23

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