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Corridor seats on the TGV — why? Are seat reservations not always mandatory?

The TGV has mandatory seat reservations That is incorrect, e.g. see https://en.oui.sncf/en/france-europe/on-board-seating-positions (mirror): When all seats are booked, you will be offered an "...
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Seat reservation requirements for TGV trips entirely within Germany

I got confirmation from DB: No seat reservation required.
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TGV timetables / schedules?

CDG-Zürich is not an easy one by train, honestly. Trains from Paris (center) to Zürich use the LGV Sud-Est, go through Dijon, then on to the LGV Rhin-Rhone, Mulhouse and Basel (red on the map). They ...
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Corridor seats on the TGV — why? Are seat reservations not always mandatory?

When I missed my connection I went to the ticket window, I was accepted on the next train even though, in theory, there were no seats available. I had to report to the train manager. He asked me to ...
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What happens if I miss my French night train (intercités de nuit) if my connecting Eurostar is delayed or cancelled?

Our good friends at the European Commission tell us, on the Rail Passengers Rights website, that if you miss your connection: If you have a through-ticket for a train journey that involves one or ...
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Does "carriage" mean that I am on my own on this SNCF itinerary?

This actually means "travel on your own". The trip between Angers Saint-Laud and Thouars in your itinerary is neither included in your ticket nor operated by SNCF. Have a look at the output from the ...
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Printed my SNCF ticket and lost it?

If it is a "e-billet" (e-ticket), what you've printed in the station is just a reminder and you can reprint it the same way with your "reference client" (the 6-letter code) and the payment card you ...
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Frustrated TGV Lyria experience

Sorry, I understand your frustration but I don't see what the train company has done wrong. You were late. If you are not at the boarding gate at the gate closing time or on the platform at departure ...
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How long before departure do I need to get to Lille Europe for a Eurostar to Brussels?

Here is what actually happened! I got to Lille Europe early enough to honour the one hour requirement and checked with a member of the Eurostar staff who said I didn't need to take this into account; ...
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How can a private person put a SNCF train ticket on hold to combine it with its return journey later?

Disclaimer: I'm not sure if I correctly understood the question but here it goes: you can put a SNCF train ticket on hold, and buy the return journey later under certain conditions. But I'm not sure ...
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TGV timetables / schedules?

You can use the DB site, to get an overview which trains are departing at a given station in a given time frame: https://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/bhftafel.exe/en If you click then on a train number, ...
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Corridor seats on the TGV — why? Are seat reservations not always mandatory?

Note that the rules have recently changed, are still in flux, and of course things may be very different in case of disruption. Until recently: On TGV seat reservation were mandatory There would be ...
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Wrong surname on TGV Lyria ticket / Loopholes

Quite the same happened to me, but I was travelling with my wife (who does not share my family name but kept her maiden name). Her ticket however had my name printed. In summary: it worked out. But it ...
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How to collect an SNCF ticket abroad?

There is no way for you to collect this ticket. SNCF is not able to produce electronic tickets for domestic Dutch trains. The same problem also often turns up when buying tickets for other countries ...
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How can I reserve a TGV seat on a Germany-Switzerland ticket purchased via Deutsche Bahn?

sncf-connect.com does not sell seats only apparently... This sounds about right. In France no* service allows for that; it's either compulsory reserved seating (TGV, Intercités à réservation ...
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Travelling from St Malo to Quimper on the train, do you need a reservation for a fully assembled (non-folding) bike?

Yes you'll have to pay for your bike spot, but only if your trip includes a TGV segment. The map you're showing is for intercités which is another type of train and does not seem to run the route you ...
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Frustrated TGV Lyria experience

What went wrong here is you bought "the cheap seats" and did not read or understand the terms and conditions, aka the "fine print", or think all that much about what makes them the ...
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Will my Navigo Pass be replenishable next year?

A Navigo pass (the phyiscal card) is valid for 10 years. This applies to all the types: Navigo Easy (transferable, can be loaded with single-trip tickets and day passes), Navigo Découverte (personal, ...
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How can I reserve a TGV seat on a Germany-Switzerland ticket purchased via Deutsche Bahn?

If you board on a TGV for the Swiss-domestic ride from Basel to Zurich you do not need to reserve a seat and the price is the same as any other Swiss train. Source: just asked at the swiss rail SBB ...
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French train ticket (SNCF) cancelled at the last minute

I can still book ticket on the 8h14 train from SPC, but not in the first class. Anyway, I don't see other solution if you need to be at Paris by 9h30, but you should be able to board the train and ...
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Corridor seats on the TGV — why? Are seat reservations not always mandatory?

These seats are also very useful when you simply want to spend some time in the corridor for whatever reason, e.g. to make a phone call, to calm a crying baby, or because you're preparing to get off ...
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France Train Stations 360° Images

It's gone ! Official answer on the SNCF Q&A website : Indeed, there are no more 360° stations It seems that what is suggested is to use https://www.gares-sncf.com/fr, where you can find (at ...
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Reserving a domestic TGV train in Germany

I have posed your question to the service team of Deutsche Bahn on Twitter, and the answer is yes. Q: Kann man von DB-Bahnhöfen aus TGV-Tickets kaufen? [...] A: Ja, das geht. Am besten geht er in ein ...
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SNCF Bornes Libre Service with US Credit Cards

Based on this and that help page of voyages-sncf.com, to print your ticket, you only need a chip card (however, the help considers all foreign cards as non-chip cards, probably to avoid complaints): ...
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Frustrated TGV Lyria experience

When it comes to train travel France is different from Switzerland. In Switzerland it is perfectly Ok to be on the platform 1 second before the doors close. The conductor will even hold the train a ...
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TER Occitanie ticket pricing at station vs online

The possibility to purchase tickets at stations is widely mentioned online, but have not been able to find information on the pricing. Pricing will be the exact same at a station and through SNCF ...
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Are Interrail passes accepted on the Little Yellow Train (Villefranche de Conflent to Latour de Carol)?

The answer appears to be yes, Interrail passes are valid on this train, but I haven't yet found any truly explicit confirmation that this also applies in summer. The rail.cc website says: Interrail ...
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Are there any power outlets available in SNCF's Intercités de Nuit?

No, I'm afraid there are no power outlets in these trains except in the bathrooms & in the hallway... You can still take a portable battery with you to charge your phone... during the night.
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France railway strike affecting my Barcelona to Paris journey. Alternatives?

Vueling is just fine. All EU-based airlines are generally safe and Vueling appears to be among the most punctual. It's a low-cost airline so you can expect a bare-bones service compared to long-haul ...
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