New low-cost TGV (high-speed train) in France

 
New low-cost TGV (high-speed train) in France

SCNF’s answer to no-frill budget airlines: Ouigo (pronounced We go…get it?). Le Figaro reported that the service initially will operate on the Marseille-Est line that joins Marne la Vallée (where Disneyland Paris is located) with the south of France via Lyon. Prices start at 25 euros and will vary according to the SNCF yield management system. If this is similar to the current inventory management it means that, as a rule of thumb,  the earlier you book the cheaper it is. The company managed to place 20% more seats on board. This translates into no café and no first class.

Ouigo service will be available from April 1st, 2013.

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Sylvia is a freelance journalist based in France, focusing on business and culture. A member of the France Media editorial team, Sylvia is a regular contributor and looks after social media across our publications.

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  • Sylvia Davis, Property & Living Editor
    2013-02-19 12:42:06
    Sylvia Davis, Property & Living Editor
    Exactly. I was just talking to someone who travelled from Paris to Nice on the night train for 19 Euros. I find their "price calendar" quite useful. It doesn't cover all the stations but you can check the main lines to give you an idea for which dates offer the lowest prices: http://calendrier.voyages-sncf.com/

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  • Frenchholiday
    2013-02-19 12:04:39
    Frenchholiday
    Excellent! SNCF used to do some great offers but you had to keep your eyes open for them and want to travel when the offer was on. We travelled from Tours to Lyon for 19 euros a while ago. This new offer looks very promising.

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