Departures by train: Friday will be “the busiest day of the summer”, announces the SNCF


published on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Several records were set this summer by the railway company, which sold more than 18 million long-distance tickets for July and August.

The SNCF is on track to record “record attendance” this summer. According to a statement issued Wednesday, July 27 by the company, the level of reservations at the end of July is 10% higher to that, already record, of 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic. Friday should be “the busiest day of the summer” with 400,000 main line travelers expected, according to SNCF Voyageurs.

SNCF has to date sold more than 18 million main line tickets for July and August, the number reaching 22 million by adding the TERs marketed on the SNCF Connect site or application, she told AFP. “This is a level of reservations up almost 10% compared to 2019 on the same date,” she added. Occasional and weekend TER ridership is also excellent, up nearly 20% compared to 2019.

The Mediterranean remains the most popular destination

Unsurprisingly, the peak departure weekends of July 8-9-10 (1.3 million passengers on the TGV and Intercités), the July 14 bridge (2 million) and the great crossover of July 29, 30 and 31 (1 million, and a third of full TGVs) have been or will be particularly busy. The most popular destinations are unsurprisingly the Mediterranean, the South-West and Brittany, the “top 5” of the most requested cities being, like last year, Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and Avignon.

The Grand Est is also popular this year, with notable increases in bookings to Nancy (+56% over one year), Metz (+50%) and Reims (+63%). “All available trains are in circulation this summer,” insisted the public company, while many trains are already full or have become very expensive without a discount card.

She counts operate 800 TGV and Intercités every daya little more than in 2019 (+2% for TGVs), ensuring that the train maintenance plan was “robust and adapted to this increased traffic”.

6 million places available for the month of August

“There are still more than 6 million seats available on long-distance trains in August,” added SNCF Voyageurs. The SNCF always advises its travelers to wear a mask, even if it is not compulsory.

In addition, the public group will soon add new functionalities to SNCF Connect: the possibility of selecting a step, payment by Apple Pay, or “low price alerts” to be informed of the availability of its journeys at a given price. The possibility of paying for your train ticket online with (dematerialized) holiday vouchers is popular with customers, according to SNCF Voyages.

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