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I have a booked TGVAir train+plane ticket with Air France. The problem now is that SNCF, the company that will effectively be handling my train journey, announced a train strike on my departure date. Therefore I am now looking to find other means of transportation to the airport (CDG) so that I don't miss the flight part of the journey.

Am I obliged to travel on the train part of the journey? Will my plane ticket be cancelled if I don't?

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Given a train+plane TGVAir journey, it seems that taking the train is mandatory to validate the electronic plane ticket for the second leg of the journey. Quoting from the SNCF help page (in French):

J’ai raté mon train ou je souhaite me rendre directement à l’aéroport. Que se passe-t-il ?

Si votre voyage commence par un trajet en train, il est impératif de vous présenter en gare de départ au comptoir TGV AIR pour valider votre billet électronique.

Dans le cas contraire, la compagnie aérienne se réserve la possibilité d'annuler l'ensemble de votre réservation, avec une pénalité pouvant aller jusqu'à 100 % du montant de votre billet.

Which roughly translates to:

I missed my train and I plan to travel directly to the airport. What happens next?

If your trip begins with a train journey, it is mandatory to present yourself at the departure station TGV AIR counter to confirm your e-ticket.

Otherwise, the airline reserves the right to cancel your entire reservation, with a penalty of up to 100% of the cost of your ticket.

  • So you have to go to the train station and confirm your ticket - but do you actually have to get on the train? Does anyone check that part? – Nate Eldredge Mar 9 '15 at 3:05
  • @NateEldredge Given my recent experience I doubt that really happens. Indeed my train was an hour late, but soon after the original scheduled departure time I was allowed to check-in online on the plane leg of the journey. Hence by induction I would say that there's no actual check/coordination between the two services operating the train and plane leg of the journey. Rather it looks like a simple cron job. – JoErNanO Mar 10 '15 at 19:43

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