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SNCF will operate TGV Ouigo Paris-Lyon from July 4

5 Jun 2020 by Alex McWhirter
A TGV Duplex high-speed train in Ouigo livery. Credit: olrat/iStock

Yesterday we brought you news that SNCF will fully restore mainline trains from June 24.

Now comes news that SNCF will introduce TGV Ouigo to the voluminous Paris-Lyon route from July 4.

According to Ouigo’s director general Stephane Rapebach there will be six services a day in each direction.

At this point readers must wonder why I do not state the exact stations/termini to be used at Paris and Lyon.

The reason is because Ouigo will operate from two in Paris (Paris Gare de Lyon and Marne La Vallee) and three in Lyon (Perrache, Part Dieu and Saint-Exupery TGV).

The six trains daily represent a significant capacity increase because each duplex (double deck) TGV accommodates up to 1,200 passengers.

Social distancing?

As Jean-Baptiste Djebbari explained in yesterday’s piece – see above –  it’s not expected to be an issue as “the supply of trains exceeds demand.”

Earlier I noted Paris-Lyon as being voluminous. The latter was Europe’s first high-speed (HS) line when it opened in 1981 and there are already many TGVs operating daily.

Readers who check the websites below for travel on or after July 4 will see are regular TGVs (now branded as TGV Inoui) with six by TGV Ouigo.

It must be noted that SNCF adopted the business model of LCCs (low-cost airlines) for TGV Ouigo.

Therefore as I have explained in the past Ouigo is a no-frills TGV with simple pricing. It comes with paperless ticketing, direct booking and there’s an extra charge for things like heavy luggage. See the website for details.

Readers who prefer a conventional HS train ought to opt for TGV Inoui.

This development comes a time when Air France has agreed to withdraw certain domestic routes as a condition of state aid.

Air France agrees to cut many domestic flights

We know that Paris Orly to Lyon will be axed in the future. The status of Paris CDG-Lyon remains unclear.

Ouigo.com  (for bookings made in France)

En.oui.sncf/en/ (for bookings made in other European countries)

Yesterday we brought you news that SNCF will fully restore mainline trains from June 24.

Now comes news that SNCF will introduce TGV Ouigo to the voluminous Paris-Lyon route from July 4.

According to Ouigo’s director general Stephane Rapebach there will be six services a day in each direction.

At this point readers must wonder why I do not state the exact stations/termini to be used at Paris and Lyon.

The reason is because Ouigo will operate from two in Paris (Paris Gare de Lyon and Marne La Vallee)  and three in Lyon (Perrache, Part Dieu and Saint-Exupery TGV).

The six trains daily represent a significant capacity increase because each duplex (double deck) TGV accommodates up to 1,200 passengers.

Social distancing ?

As Jean-Baptiste Djebbari explained in yesterday’s piece – see above –  it’s not expected to be an issue as “the supply of trains exceeds demand.”

Earlier I noted Paris-Lyon as being voluminous.   The latter was Europe’s first high-speed (HS) line when it opened in 1981 and there  are already many TGVs operating daily.

Readers who check the websites below for travel on or after July 4 will see are regular TGVs (now branded as TGV Inoui) with six by TGV Ouigo.

It must be noted that SNCF adopted the business model of LCCs (low-cost airlines) for TGV Ouigo.

Therefore as I have explained in the past Ouigo is a no-frills TGV with simple pricing.   It comes with paperless ticketing, direct booking and there’s an extra charge for things like heavy luggage.  See the website for details.

Readers who prefer a conventional HS train ought to opt for TGV Inoui.

This development comes a time when Air France has agreed to withdraw certain domestic routes as a condition of state aid.

https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2020/05/27/air-france-agrees-to-cut-many-domestic-flights/

We know that Paris Orly to Lyon will be axed in the future. The status of Paris CDG-Lyon remains unclear.

Ouigo.com  (for bookings made in France)

En.oui.sncf/en/ (for bookings made in other European countries)

 

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