Air France has expanded its established Train + Air service to a total of 41 routes.

The flag carrier has been offering the service for nearly 30 years, with single reservation train and flight journeys to and from Paris CDG and Orly (via Massy TGV station) and selected regional French rail stations.

The service has been expanded several times in recent years, including in 2021 when seven new routes were added.

The latest expansion adds eight more routes as follows:

  • Aix-en-Provence, Arras, Laval and Lille Flandres to and from both Paris CDG and Paris-Orly (the service had already been available between Aix-en-Provence and Paris CDG)
  • Perpignan to and from Paris CDG

It means the service is now available to and from 22 French rail stations: 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

Benefits include a guaranteed seat on the next available flight or TGV INOUI train if their flight or train arrives late, and a seat in first class on SNCF trains for those customers travelling in La Premiere or business class cabins.

Last year the carrier also added the ability for customers to check in online at before departure, covering the whole of the journey including the train travel section.

Air France is among several carriers increasing their rail-air services, as environmental concerns lead to shorter domestic flights to be called into question and passengers encouraged to take the train instead.

To read Alex McWhirter’s opinion piece on the subject, see:

Can the rail-air solution take off?