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TGV Paris - Bayonne - Any recent passengers? Should we bother?

Robo

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#1
Hi,

We arrive in Paris on Monday (23rd April) and plan to head down to St Jean next day.

And Yes, the 24th April is a train strike day........

We booked the TGV some weeks back but also have Easyjet tickets to Biarritz as a Plan B.

As we are staying close to Gare Montparnasse Monday I plan to go over to the station to see if our train is running (not all trains are cancelled on strike days it seems)

IF the train is running, should we even bother boarding it? I imagine passengers from cancelled trains will also be crammed on board? Is it floor to ceiling passengers with no room to move?

Has anyone recently travelled on a TGV on a strike day?
 

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domigee

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#2
Hi Robo, do the SNCF have your email address? Apparently they do contact people with reservations to say if their train is running....
I am so sorry (I'm French) :(
 

Robo

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together again :-)
#3
Hi Robo, do the SNCF have your email address? Apparently they do contact people with reservations to say if their train is running....
I am so sorry (I'm French) :(
Hi. Yes, they have emailed to advise that the train might be cancelled, but we won't know until 5pm the day before.

I would rather travel by train if possible. Just wondered if they were over crowded.
 

domigee

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#4
Hi. Yes, they have emailed to advise that the train might be cancelled, but we won't know until 5pm the day before.

I would rather travel by train if possible. Just wondered if they were over crowded.
From watching the French news non-stop these last weeks (sigh), some trains were VERY VERY crowded others quite empty as people made alternative arrangements. The overcrowded trains seemed to be mostly into Paris as people went to work....
The real answer is: I don't knoooooow.
 

JabbaPapa

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#5
The service to Bayonne is less badly affected than others, though I'd advise you to try for a train as early in the morning as will be doable for you, so that you have a better chance for a replacement train if it's one that's cancelled.

The Bayonne to SJPP service seems to be running normally now, even on strike days, but even supposing it were cancelled, provided you can get into Bayonne before 1 PM, you can catch a local bus up to Saint Palais, from where there's a local bus to SJPP. Or if you can only make it to Saint Palais, if you got into Bayonne later, there's a pilgrim refugio there that you could stay in.

So basically yeah, one way or another you can get there by train.
 

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kirkie

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#6
Hi,

We arrive in Paris on Monday (23rd April) and plan to head down to St Jean next day.

And Yes, the 24th April is a train strike day........

We booked the TGV some weeks back but also have Easyjet tickets to Biarritz as a Plan B.

As we are staying close to Gare Montparnasse Monday I plan to go over to the station to see if our train is running (not all trains are cancelled on strike days it seems)

IF the train is running, should we even bother boarding it? I imagine passengers from cancelled trains will also be crammed on board? Is it floor to ceiling passengers with no room to move?

Has anyone recently travelled on a TGV on a strike day?
Sorry, I cannot answer your question, but i just want to say sorry for your trouble, stress is not what you want pre camino. You do have the flight tickets in your back pocket, so if possible, just try to leave it alone till you get to Paris. I know it is easy for me to say, it is you with the dilemma...
 

Robo

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Alone.
------------------------------
CF Sarria to SdC
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with my wife Pat.
------------------------------
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(Apr/May 2018)
together again :-)
#7
Sorry, I cannot answer your question, but i just want to say sorry for your trouble, stress is not what you want pre camino. You do have the flight tickets in your back pocket, so if possible, just try to leave it alone till you get to Paris. I know it is easy for me to say, it is you with the dilemma...
Not stressing, just curious ;)

I think we'll just use the EasyJet flight anyway.

Looking forward to getting underway :D

The Hill awaits. I can't wait to see Pat's face when we get to that climb just below Hunto :eek::eek:
 

John Hawke

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#8
Hopefully, I'll be on that train tomorrow. I'll let you know here how it is on a non-strike day.
Buen Camino
 

DirtAmy

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#9
I was on the TGV last week (not that route though). Both times it was on the day after a strike day. I assumed they'd be busy. They weren't. Also, TGVs require seat reservations so, if it's running, I'd say you'll be grand.
 

Rick M

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#10
We had reservations last week on a strike day. We were in Paris early, and the advice was go earlier and avoid a strike day if possible. We did, and spent an extra night in Bayonne. The next day - April 9 - we took the train, that is really a bus, to sjpp. That service is operating normally. On that day, one train from Paris was scheduled, rather than the usual every few hours. I don't know if it operated or not, it was scheduled for 4:45, and we left at noon. Good luck and buen Camino
 

t2andreo

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#11
Hi Robo, do the SNCF have your email address? Apparently they do contact people with reservations to say if their train is running....
I am so sorry (I'm French) :(
NEVER, EVER apologize because you are French, or any other nationality. We are all one community here in the forum.

Vive la difference!
 

JabbaPapa

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#12
On that day, one train from Paris was scheduled, rather than the usual every few hours. I don't know if it operated or not, it was scheduled for 4:45, and we left at noon.
IIRC most trips from Paris on those first couple of strike days required changing at Bordeaux -- it's possible too that you were unaware of some early morning trains on your travel day, as they would have already arrived by then.

Also, hmmmmm, arrivals boards don't always show all coming arrivals, just those in the coming hours.
 

John Hawke

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#14
On the TGV from CDG to Bordeaux and it’s on schedule and not overly crowded. Planning to go on to Bayonne and catch the last train to Saint Jean.
Will update upon arrival
 

John Hawke

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#15
Made the 10 min transfer in Bordeaux with the help of TGV personnel on the platform. Today on this route you would never dream that there is a strike or inconvenience. The conductor asked if I spoke French and explained how to sign on to the WiFi on the last train
 

John Hawke

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#17
No train to Saint Jean a nice new bus but completely full. They turned away 3 would be riders.
Din’t Loiter be early!
 

JabbaPapa

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#18
eh, and you've just missed the last bus to Saint Palais as well ... :confused:

Oh well, good luck in the morning !!
 

Cruiser01

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#19
Robo

We were booked on the TVG to Bayonne April 19 (a strike day too). The train only goes as far as Bordeaux. You only find out what is going to happen at 17:00 the day before. Good luck
 

John Hawke

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#21
Train to Bayonne was perfect. No train to St Jean Pied de Port but a bus was substituted. It took 2 hrs and had no bathroom. Fore warned is fire armed
 

Thomas1962

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#22
All I know is that they refund every ticket any time before your trip, also the non refundable. This because they cannot guarantee the trip.
 

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