Charles de Gaulle Airport train station (Photo: CCBYSA3.0, David Monniaux, Wikimedia)

SNCF and Air France launch 8 more Train + Air routes

Charles de Gaulle Airport train station (Photo: CCBYSA3.0, David Monniaux) CCBYSA3.0, David Monniaux, Wikimedia

SNCF and Air France have added 8 connections to their “Train + Air” routes to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, bringing the total number to 41. This service allows customers to combine train and air travel in the same reservation.

The newly established routes link Perpignan in the southern region of France to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, while connecting Aix-en-Provence, Arras, Laval, and Lille Flandres stations to both Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports. Before this expansion, Aix-en-Provence was exclusively linked to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. The Lille service was restricted to Lille Europe station; now, it is available from both stations in the city.

This network expansion brings the total number of routes offered by Air France through the “Train + Air” service to 41, departing from 22 train stations, including Aix-en-Provence TGV, Angers Saint-Laud, Arras, Avignon TGV, Bordeaux Saint-Jean, Champagne-Ardenne TGV, Le Mans, Laval, Lille Europe, Lille Flandres, Lorraine TGV, Lyon Part-Dieu, Marseille Saint-Charles, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Nantes, Nîmes, Perpignan, Poitiers, Rennes, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Strasbourg, and Valence TGV.

With the “Train + Air” service, customers can make a single reservation for their whole journey and are assured a seat on the next available flight or TGV INOUI train at no additional cost if their original flight or train is delayed. Since 2022, the travel process has been digitised, allowing customers to check in online for their entire journey, encompassing both air and train travel. Air France customers in the La Première or Business cabin also enjoy first-class travel on SNCF trains.

Dutch and Belgian connections

Beyond the domestic network in France, Air France and the Dutch airline KLM, which merged in 2004, also jointly provide a ticket service for routes departing from Brussels-Midi station (to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol) and Antwerp-Central (to Amsterdam Schiphol. Indeed, building on the success of the KLM-Thalys pilot project conducted from July to October 2022, KLM acquired additional seats on four Thalys (now Eurostar) trains to reduce its operational frequency of four daily flights connecting Amsterdam and Brussels. This expanded air/rail hybrid service was made available on 26 March of this year.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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