Strike in Paris - France
Striking can be seen from abroad like a French national
sport. And many tourists visiting the country may be under the impression that
the French are always on strike. It is true that street protests are frequent
however according to recent datas Canada and South Africa strike days have
topped France ones. Please find here below informations and tips about what to do
to minimise the impact of a transportation or airport strike in Paris.
Airport shuttle: Not affected by strike
Compare top airport shuttle providers in Paris.
Read customers reviews before booking your airport transfer. Compare now: Paris airport transfers
Transportation strike: Train, Bus, Subway traffic
Transportation strikes are fairly common in Paris and most
of people living here got use to it... It may be a little more disturbing for
Subway or bus traffic stopped or slowed down
It happens nearly every month: Subway traffic is affected
by a protest of train drivers. It may only hit a specific line of the all Metro
network. It may last just a couple of hours or a few weeks (One month in
November 1995)... Many transport alternatives exist: Taxis - Expect heavy
traffic jams, Bicycle - Renting a bicycle is very easy in Paris thanks to a
self-service system "Velib", ... The last option is of course to walk as the
city is not very large.
Train: National Rail traffic affected
French railway strikes are a real nightmare as it
jeopardizes totally chances for travellers to get their train and reach
destination on time. There are then very few options to get between Paris and
Province cities: Rent a car or buy a plane ticket if possible. Beware: Decision
should be made quickly as demand will be very high...
How to get to or from the airport (Roissy or Orly)
Transports between Paris airports and city center are likely to be affected if any
transport workers union has called for strike
in Paris. The train service (RER B or C) is often suspended and usually buses don't
run either. The only transport options to get from or to Paris airports that
shouldn't be impacted are: Taxis, Air France coaches and Airport shuttles.
Information about strike.
Beauvais airport transportation is usually not impacted.
Airport strike (Roissy - Orly)
The worst case is an airport strike as planes stay
grounded and thousands of passengers get stucked waiting for a "miracle".
Air traffic controller strike
Air traffic controller strike is quite rare and usually
don't last very long however it may jam air traffic for a very long time. In
that specific case passengers should first try to call the airline they are
flying with to get more information about procedure to be followed. In most
instances passengers will be advised not to go to the airport unless they have a
seat on a new flight.
Airlines staff protests
Airlines staff - Either pilots, flight attendants, ground
or ramp crews, luggage handlers or check-in staff - may also protest against
their management. Passengers should call the airline directly
Paris airport transportation
Here is our guide to Paris airports ground transportation
services to learn more about the different ways to get from or to Roissy, Orly
Please select your airport
Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport
Roissy is the main airport serving Paris. If you travel from USA, Canada, UK, Northen Europe, Asia or South America you are likely to land at Roissy.
Get more information: Roissy airport
Orly is the second airport in Paris. It is mostly served
by domestic and european flights and flights from Northern Africa and middle
Get more information: Orly
Beauvais is a small airport served by low cost airlines.
Due to the long distance (85km - 55 miles) separating Beauvais from Paris city
center, travelers' transfer options are limited.
Get more information: Beauvais airport