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Air France Expands ‘Train+Air’ Service with Eight New Routes Across France

The latest expansion of the French flag carrier's Train + Air service comes amid a government push for more rail travel in favor or domestic air travel

by Fergus Cole

December 4, 2023

Photo: Courtesy of Air France

Air France has expanded its ‘Train + Air’ service by adding eight more rail routes. This service has been available to Air France passengers traveling in and out of Paris for over 30 years. 

The addition enables travelers to purchase SNCF rail tickets to Paris airports from various locations throughout France under a single reservation along with their flight tickets. The service can be used for both inbound and outbound flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Paris-Orly Airport (ORY), providing passengers with more options for seamless connections when traveling around France.

Photo: SNCF, France. Courtesy of Antoine Schibler / Unsplash

The eight additional routes announced last week take the total number of rail journeys served by the program to 41. The eight new routes are between:

  • Aix-en-Provence and Paris-Orly
  • Arras and Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • Arras and Paris-Orly
  • Laval and Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • Laval and Paris-Orly
  • Lille Flanders and Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • Lille Flanders and Paris-Orly
  • Perpignan and Paris Charles de Gaulle

The route between Aix-en-Provence and Paris-Orly adds to the already-included service between Aix-en-Provence and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Meanwhile, all services to Paris-Orly include a private taxi transfer between Massy TGV station and the airport.

This latest expansion takes the total number of domestic rail stations with eligible connections to Paris to 22:

  • Aix-en-Provence TGV
  • Angers Saint-Laud
  • Arras
  • Avignon TGV
  • Bordeaux Saint-Jean
  • Champagne-Ardenne TGV
  • Le Mans
  • Laval
  • Lille Europe
  • Lille Flanders
  • Lorraine TGV
  • Lyon Part-Dieu
  • Marseille Saint-Charles
  • Montpellier Saint-Roch
  • Nantes
  • Nîmes
  • Perpignan
  • Poitiers
  • Rennes
  • Saint-Pierre-des-Corps
  • Strasbourg
  • Valence TGV

Air France’s Train + Air service offers seamless rail connections to over 20 destinations throughout France and several other benefits for passengers. These include a guaranteed seat on the next available flight or train in case of a delay or missed connection and the ability to check in for the entire journey online at La Première and Business Class passengers will also travel in first class on their SNCF rail journeys.

Photo: Courtesy of Air France-KLM

The Train + Air service has recently added eight new routes, which is good news for French travelers. This came when the country banned short-haul domestic flights between destinations that can be reached by rail in less than 2.5 hours. The government made this controversial decision to accelerate France towards its net-zero ambitions, and other European countries are considering similar moves.

Air France’s Train + Air service is also not unique, with Lufthansa operating a similar program in Germany. In fact, as of last month, United Airlines passengers can now benefit from the ‘Intermodal Partnership‘ between itself, its fellow Star Alliance member, and German rail operator Deutsche Bahn by purchasing rail connections from 25 different stations when flying to the U.S. out of Frankfurt Airport (FRA).