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Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer français: the French national railway system.

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How does the SNCF Voyageur program work?

I'm planning some TGV trips soon, but despite being a member of two different Railteam frequent traveller programs already, from this question it doesn't look like I'd be able to credit the journeys ...
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On TGV (or other French long-distance trains), can you take the earlier/later train?

Last year I had a ticket on a certain TGV. I arrived let due to getting a coffee. I got on the next TGV, an hour later. I figured I'd have to buy a new ticket on board. Surprisingly, the chef said, ...
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SNCF Bornes Libre Service with US Credit Cards

I want to use the self-service ticket machines in a French Railway station. I have a US Credit card with a chip ("puce"), but for which (in keeping with US credit card modalities), I don't get asked ...
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Collecting French (SNCF) “Ticket On Departure” tickets from outside of France?

For an upcoming trip, I've booked some TGV tickets through Rail Europe. They wanted a surprising amount of money for postage, so I opted instead for the free option of "Ticket On Departure", that is, ...
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How can a private person put a SNCF train ticket on hold to combine it with its return journey later?

I usually travel to France for a weekend once or twice a year. Most of the time by train, the Netherlands to Paris by Thalys and Paris to wherever I go often by TGV and then the return journey a ...
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I need some explanation about payment modalities on sncf-voyages.com website

I need some explanation about payment modalities on the sncf-voyages.com website. These are the options: Since I don't live in France, I can't use option 2. It is not clear the difference between ...
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Specifying a Eurostar or SNCF frequent traveller number when booking through Loco2?

Following the help given in this Travel.SE answer, I now know the trick for specifying my Eurostar or SNCF frequent traveller number when booking a ticket through the SNCB website. Now, I find myself ...
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French Strikes: Using idTGV ticket for standard (SNCF) TGV

The French railways are on a strike. I know I can take another train if I fit in. However, can I use an idTGV ticket Paris - Toulon on a SNCF-TGV train? If not, do I have any other possibility since ...
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During a SNCF strike, how can I check what trains will run without going to the station?

It seems there's currently a national SNCF strike on at the moment, and I'm trying to work out if it'll affect my journey later. The people I booked my TGV tickets with advised me to check infolignes....
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How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in France?

I'm trying to book a train journey in France for September. We are currently in May and the SNCF website does not allow me to reserve tickets such a long time (4 months) in advance. So here is the ...
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Can I earn SNCF Voyager points, for a booking made without the membership number?

Having now worked out what the SNCF Voyageur program is, I've gone ahead and joined it, as I've a number of TGV journeys coming up in the coming months. The slight wrinkle is that most of these TGV ...
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Delay due to strikes - can you claim on the SNCF Garantie Ponctualité?

Thanks to the question on checking SNCF trains during a strike, I was able to discover that one of my trains today was cancelled. Sadly though, the only alternative involved a very hefty delay and an ...