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On today’s episode, everybody FREAK OUT! There's a train strike happening in France spring 2018! OK, don’t freak out, I think I can help you take back control and have a great vacation in France all the same.
How to Get Information About Train Strikes in France
Find Out If Your Train Is Running (From the part of the SNCF called OuiSNCF)
Phone Number: 0805 90 36 35
Train Strikes in France: Our Recommendations
Don’t give yourself an ulcer over a train strike in France. Make alternative plans instead!
The best thing you can do is avoid the train completely and go with a car rental or a regional bus, a flight, or even a ride share.
There are always options: In Paris, if the the Metro and RER systems are on strike, look at bus options. They are rarely all on strike at the same time.
Install the RATP and SNCF Apps on your phone where you can see your alternative options in real-time!
Don't Let Uncertainty Rule Your Trip
I think what gets to people is the uncertainty of this whole situation. Americans want answers and they want them now! Well, that’s not how it works in France. We’re used to living with some level of wait and see.
French people can navigate through a strike like nobody’s business because they’ve done it 100 times! This would be your first time, so, unless you’re training to become a little bit more French, avoid the whole thing and plan on other modes of transportation.
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If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to related episode(s):
- The Rules of Driving in France, Episode 16
- Tips for Driving in France, Episode 138
- Tips for Using Uber in Paris, Episode 151