So, you’ve seen the news and yes it’s true. French rail workers kicked off three months of rolling strikes on Tuesday, part of a wave of industrial action that will test President Macron's resolve to reshape France with sweeping reforms.
Once again proving the French reputation as the world champions of strikes!
The aim is simple, to cause as much disruption as possible over a three month period: April-June.
When are the strikes happening?
How will I know which trains are running?
How can I get from the airport to Paris if the trains are striking?
If there are no trains, the Paris Airports website is a good starting point.
During recent train strikes the bus from the airport to central Paris has acted as a savior to those unable to find a taxi. It is also great value at 12€-21€!
Click here for Charles de Gaulle Airport
Click here for Paris Orly Airport
Beware of illegal taxis at the airports! Go to the proper taxi rank or ask to see the drivers taxi permit.
What is the best way to get around central Paris?
If you are catching the train, avoid total chaos at main train stations during commuter hours.
Paris à vélo! Paris By Bike
Exploring Paris by bike is one of our favorite tours! If the trains are causing mayhem and you need to get to a monument, or get to your croissant fix, grab a bike and save your feet. Paris is far more bike friendly and has far more cycle lanes than travellers realise! Velibs (city bikes) are available all over the city.
You will need to register online; make sure you read the how it works section. You can choose between a 1 day or 7 day pass, both allow you to take up to 5 Vélib' at one time. From as little as 1€ per hour! The green ones are normal bikes and the blue are electric able to reach 25kmph! You can check them in & out at any station, all over the city. But if you get hold of one, we recommend using the lock & key that comes with it when you take a break, once you return your bike to a docking station, you may not get one back!
Embrace this as a true Parisian experience!
Striking in France is a fundamental right, consecrated by the Constitution and it's part of the long French tradition of taking to the streets. You could go for full cultural immersion and join a protest or join us on our day trip to Versailles to find out more about how the first political dual between the monarchy & the French people was fought and won in 1789!
Still have questions? Contact us at www.boutiquebiketours.com
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