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Navigating the strike: a traveller's survival guide (Oct. 22)

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-10-22

Strikes to protest pension reform plans were disrupting France’s transport system for a 10th day on Thursday. Here is FRANCE 24’s survival guide for commuters and travellers.

Travel information last updated October 22 at 9am (GMT+2).

Air:

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

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.
THALYS: Some morning services have been cancelled, although the service will be running normally for the rest of the day. 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 operating. 
      - Inter-province (avoiding Paris): Eight in ten trains running.
CORAIL: One in two daytime trains running. 
TÉOZ: More than four in 10 trains running and one in two intercities, on average. 
TER: More than six in 10 trains running.
TRANSILIEN: Average of six in 10 trains running.

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:

Most metros and trams should be running normally on Friday although some lines have limited service and are very crowded.

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 : 2010-10-20

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