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Air France and SNCF Expand Train + Air Service

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(28 June 2021) Air France and SNCF French Railways have expanded Train + Air, a popular service which combines train and air travel in the same reservation.

Train + Air is used every year by more than 160,000 customers to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports.

Now, Air France customers can book a combined Train + Air trip on 7 additional routes, for travel commencing 19 July 2021 between:

– Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Aix-en-Provence TGV, Bordeaux Saint-Jean, Marseille Saint-Charles and Montpellier Saint-Roch; and

Paris-Orly (via Massy TGV station) and Avignon TGV, Marseille Saint-Charles and Valence TGV.

Air France and SNCF's Train + Air is used every year by more than 160,000 customers to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports, and that number is expected to increase greatly as more routes are added. Click to enlarge.

The network extension increases the number of stations offered by Air France as part of the “Train + Air” service to 18: Aix-en-Provence TGV, Angers Saint-Laud, Avignon TGV, Bordeaux Saint-Jean, Champagne-Ardenne TGV, Le Mans, Lille Europe, Lorraine TGV, Lyon Part-Dieu, Marseille Saint-Charles, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Nantes, Nimes, Poitiers, Rennes, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Strasbourg and Valence TGV.

Train + Air customers have a single reservation for their entire journey and a guaranteed seat on the next available flight or TGV INOUI train, free of charge, if their flight or train arrives late.

As part of the Flying Blue frequent flyer programme, they also earn miles on the rail leg.

In addition, Air France customers travelling in the La Première or Business cabin also travel in first class on SNCF trains.

Vincent Etchebehere, VP Sustainability and New Mobilities – Air France, said, “Air France is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions on its domestic network by 50% by 2024. Regularly enhancing our Train + Air offer allows us to continue to develop intermodality, one of the key elements in meeting this commitment, while offering travel opportunities to the entire world from all French regions.”

To make Train + Air journeys even simpler, Air France and SNCF are currently testing a new, fully digitalized service, for customers departing from Lille Europe and Strasbourg who have a connection on an Air France flight at Paris-Charles de Gaulle or Paris-Orly.

Customers can check in online at airfrance.fr before departure for their entire trip, including the train leg, and no longer need to collect their ticket from the station on the day of departure. If the tests prove successful, the service could be deployed on all Train + Air services from 2022.

Jérôme Laffon, Chief Marketing Officer – Voyages SNCF, said, “Our priority is to enable French and international tourists to travel with complete peace of mind on their entire trip. The development of Train + Air enables us to meet this objective. Faced with the current climate emergency, it also offers an efficient, low-carbon alternative to the longer and more tedious journeys made by car to reach an airport.”

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