The level of train reservations for the summer is 10% higher than that, already record, of the summer of 2019, before the pandemic, indicated the SNCF.
At the Gare de Lyon, this Friday afternoon, holidaymakers seem impatient to leave the capital, on trains to Nice, Annecy, Perpignan or to Milan or Barcelona, without any announced delay.
The SNCF has reinforced its assistance teams, the “red vests”, present everywhere in the station in order to help travelers who are sometimes disoriented in the crowd. In total, 1,500 of them are mobilized throughout France.
If the crowd is strong, “it’s almost like that since the beginning of May”, relativizes Jérôme Renault, senior civil servant who goes to Paris-Marseille every week. “I don’t feel it’s particularly the busiest day. »
For this weekend (from this Friday to Sunday), a million travelers in all are expected and a third of the TGVs are complete over the weekend, says the SNCF. 800 TGV and Intercités will circulate daily during these three days.
The Parisian stations, but also those of Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and Avignon, should be the most crowded.
“We are doing as usual, but the trains are fuller and we are emphasizing the distribution of luggage tags to avoid forgotten luggage,” said a spokeswoman for SNCF Voyageurs.
The company now offers labels with QR codes on all TGV routes, allowing the owners of abandoned luggage to be found in complete confidentiality.
Also at airports
For the many holidaymakers who take to the air, “we must above all not arrive too far in advance” at the airport, warned Augustin de Romanet, CEO of Groupe ADP, which manages the Paris airports of Orly and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle.
“No more than two hours in advance for a domestic or Schengen flight, three hours for an international flight,” he said on Radio Classique. Prior to this, baggage cannot be checked in as this would clog the sorting system.
To avoid excessively long queues, people have been recruited to guide passengers and the staff at the inspection-filtering posts have been reinforced, according to ADP.
This Saturday, in the direction of departures, traffic will be black or “extremely difficult” on the vast majority of roads.
Very heavy traffic
On the road traffic side, the day is red in the direction of departures, warned Bison smart, but there were fewer traffic jams at midday throughout France than a year ago. At 4:15 p.m., 566 km of traffic jams were recorded throughout the territory, compared to more than 900 km on Friday July 30, 2021.
This Saturday, in the direction of departures, traffic will be black or “extremely difficult” on the vast majority of roads. In the direction of returns, traffic will be very difficult.
Fewer traffic jams are expected on Sunday, a day classified as orange in the direction of departures, but red along the axis of the Rhône. In the direction of the returns, traffic should become more fluid, but slowdowns are expected in the southeast quarter.
By train, the most popular destinations this summer are, unsurprisingly, the Mediterranean, the South-West and Brittany, the “top 5” of the most popular cities being, like last year, Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseilles and Avignon.
Less expected, the Grand Est is also popular this year, with notable increases in bookings to Nancy (+56% over one year), Metz (+50%) and Reims (+63%).
For last-minute travelers without a train ticket, the SNCF confirms that there are still six million places available on long-distance trains in August.
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