Exceptional strikes are announced for this Friday, meaning using public transportation to get around Paris is sure to prove difficult. Here's what will be closed, what will be running, and what will be operating with reduced frequency.
If you’ll be in Paris this Friday, September 13th, large strikes will be affecting most public transportation. Transport unions have called for a grève in protest against pension reforms and the RATP (the Parisian transport operator) foresees ‘heavily disrupted’ traffic conditions.
Lines 1 and 14: Operating as usual, but will likely be very crowded with risk of saturation.
Lines 2, 3, 3bis, 5, 6, 7bis, 10, 11, 12, and 13: all closed September 13, 2019.
Traffic will be heavily disrupted on the following lines with many lines and stations open only during peak hours (6:30 – 9:30 / 17:00 – 20:00):
Line 4: 1 train out of 3; The following metro stations will be closed: Montparnasse, Odéon, Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, Barbès-Rochechouart, Marcadet-Poissonniers, Gare de l’Est, Réaumur Sébastopol
Line 7: 1 train out of 3; The following metro stations will be closed: Place d’Italie, Jussieu, Opéra, Chaussée d’Antin-Lafayette, Gare de l’Est
Line 8: 1 train out of 3 between Créteil-Pointe du Lac and Reuilly-Diderot. All stations between Balard and Faidherbe-Chaligny will be closed (Reuilly-Diderot will be open).
Line 9: 1 train out of 4 between Pont de Sèvres and Franklin D.Roosevelt, and between Nation and Mairie de Montreuil. All stations between Saint-Philippe du Roule and Rue des Boulets will be closed (NB: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Nation open), and stations Michel-Ange Auteuil and Trocadéro will be closed.
The Montmartre Funicular will also be closed.
Expect very heavily disrupted traffic.
RER A: 1 train out of 3 only during peak hours (6:30 – 9:30 / 17:00 – 20:00). Trains will only circulate during peak hours. All stations will be closed outside these times.
RER B, Southbound from Gare du Nord: 1 train out of 5 only during peak hours (6:30 – 9:30 / 17:00 – 20:00). Trains will only circulate during peak hours. No connection in Gare du Nord.
RER B, Northbound, from Gare du Nord towards Roissy (Charles de Gaulle Airport) and Mitry: 1 train out of 2 all day. Trains for the airport will be leaving from platforms 30 – 36.
Expect heavily disrupted traffic.
Lines T3b and T5: On average, 1 tram out of 2.
Lines T1, T2, T3a, T6, T7, T8: 1 tram out of 3 during peak hours (6:30 – 9:30 / 17:00 – 20:00).
Bus network: On average, 1 bus out of 3 will circulate.
For further information, check the RATP’s website here.
The SNCF Transilien train lines are not involved in this strike but may be impacted. If you’ll be taking a train in the Ile-de-France region, find more information on transilien.com
To compensate for the inconvenience caused by this strike, the RATP is offering to pay for its customers to use alternative means of transportation. Options include discounts with its partnerss Cityscoot, Klaxit, Zenpark, Kapten and Jump. More details on these promotional offers can be found on the RATP website.
As this Friday looks set to be a Black Friday for Parisian commuters, we recommend to avoid taking any public transportation: the rare trains or buses still running will be packed. The weather should be nice though, so it would be a great time to discover Paris on foot or by bike this time!
This weekend is a particularly good time to be in Paris. Saturday and Sunday, September 21 - 22, 2019, mark the 36th edition of the Journées du patrimoine, also called the European Heritage Days.