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Auto-train

Posted: Mon 02 Jul 2018 17:32
by martyn94
SNCF are apparently running a car-on the-train service from Perpignan to Paris, and vice-versa, over the summer season, three times a week. I have done it a dozen times from various places, latterly Narbonne, over the decades, and often wondered why I haven’t done it more.

The deal is that you drop off your car at a dodgy railway siding at St Charles on D1 and get a shuttle to Perpignan to get a passenger TGV to Paris, and then collect your car from a dodgy railway siding near gare de Lyons on D2. Or else you drop it on D0 and then find your own way home, travel on a TGV on D1, and pick your car up when you arrive in Paris.

I’ve described it in a downbeat way because it isn’t very glamorous. But it can be a lot quicker, and less tedious, and even cheaper, than flogging up the autoroute.
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Posted: Thu 05 Jul 2018 16:34
by rhys
I don't suppose they do it from Nantes or other places north/ west of Paris ( for those of us terrified of driving in unfamiliar huge cities ) ?

Posted: Thu 05 Jul 2018 23:31
by martyn94
rhys wrote:I don't suppose they do it from Nantes or other places north/ west of Paris ( for those of us terrified of driving in unfamiliar huge cities ) ?
They used to have services from/to Calais (though not to anywhere very close at this end) but I believe those stopped some years ago. I think all the remaining routes start/end in Paris.

If it terminates at Paris-Bercy, it’s quite close to the edge of Paris “intra-murosâ€￾ (which is not so huge anyway) and hence to the Periph’ and away. It stops being so terrifying after the first 50 years (or nearly): easier for me than Nantes in any event. The nicely-spoken young gel at Google Maps makes it quite easy for anyone.

Fingers crossed

Posted: Wed 11 Jul 2018 18:14
by rainbow
The few times I've tried to board a train in France I would have been better on a ghost train they either don't appear or are delayed !