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Delays and cancellations: What you need to know about Tuesday’s French train strikes

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Delays and cancellations: What you need to know about Tuesday’s French train strikes

French rail workers have called another strike for Tuesday that will cause half of all regional train services in France to be cancelled. Here’s everything you need to know if you're planning to travel.


France will be hit by another day of crippling train strikes on Tuesday September 24th, just eleven days after the French capital saw its biggest strike action in more than a decade.

Fortunately, travel disruptions may not be quite as serious or widespread as during France's last transport strike.


SNCF's intercity (intercités) services will be the most affected, while on the regional TER lines services will generally be running, albeit slower than normal.

If you’re planning to use France’s high-speed TGV services, expect “a bit of disruption”, national rail provider SNFC has warned.

Paris transport operator RATP said the Metro lines that ground to a halt during the mass strike on September 13th will be working "almost as normal".

As for international rail, including the heavily used Eurostar lines, services will be unaffected.

So let’s take a closer look at the services that will be cancelled or changed as a result of the strike action:


Paris to Toulouse: Trains that were meant to be leaving Paris Austerlitz at 8.29am (no. 3705), 12.29 (3635), 16.38 (3655) and 18.41 (3675) have all been cancelled.

Intercités train 3665 will make one-off stops at at Gare de La Souterraine in the central department of Creuse and stop at Brive-La-Gaillarde in the southwest.

Toulouse to Paris: Early morning services leaving from Brive-La-Gaillarde at 3.55am (3604) and 4.56am (3614) have both been cancelled along with the 10.31am leaving from Toulouse Matabiau and the 17.59 from Brive-La-Gaillarde.

Services 3634 and 364 will no be stopping in Cahors, Gourdon or Souillac.


Paris to Clermont-Ferrand: The first train of the day (5951) will depart 15 minutes later at 7.16am from Paris Bercy . The 13.01 (5959), 16.01 (5971) and 17.57 (5977)services have all been cancelled.

Clermont-Ferrand to Paris: Cancelled trains include the 5.33am (5954), 10.25am (5966) and 16.25 (5978) services. 

The last train of the day leaving Clermont-Ferrand at 19.25 (5990) will stop at Gare de Lyon rather than Paris Bercy.


Bordeaux to Marseille: The 6.58 from Narbonne won’t hit the tracks, the same going for the 10.18am, 12.14pm and 18.18 from Marseille Saint-Charles to Bordeaux-Saint-Jean.

Marseille to Bordeaux: The 6.44am from Toulouse Matabiau won’t leave the station on Tuesday morning, along with the later services from Bordeaux-Saint-Jean at 10.30am, 12.32pm and 18.32.


Nantes to Bordeaux: The 16.25 (no. 3835) from Nantes will be cancelled, meaning that the only services on this line will be the morning ones on Tuesday.

Bordeaux to Nantes: The 7.33am (3852) from Bordeaux-Saint-Jean is cancelled.


Nantes to Lyon: The 14.55 service won’t be operational, leaving the 6.25am service to Lyon Perrache as the only rail alternative for Tuesday. 

Lyon to Nantes: The afternoon service at 15.32 has been cancelled, the 9.30am service remains.


TOULOUSE - BAYONNE: No services at all on Tuesday

AUBRAC TRAIN (Béziers to Clermont-Ferrand): No services on Tuesday



Paris Gare de Lyon to Nevers: All trains from the capital will be cancelled until 18.02.

Nevers to Paris Gare de Lyon: The same as in the opposite direction applies, only that it’s the early morning trains at 4.53 and 5.53am from Nevers that will still be running but no more during the day.

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