Travel Alert - France & Canada January 2020



The ongoing transport strike in France continues this week with crucial talks planned between the government and transport workers. French Unionists have called for further strike action on Thursday, 9 January and Saturday, 11 January.

Ground transport remains very disrupted, specifically in Paris, with all Metro lines functioning at partial capacity on Monday. Reduced services are running during both morning rush hour (6.30am to 9.30am) and evening rush hour (4.30pm to 7.30pm). Line 3bis will operate from 1pm until 6pm.

The commuter lines which serves the two airports in Paris (RER A and RER B), are operating but at a reduced level.

Almost 80 percent of scheduled high-speed TGV trains are running on Monday as well as a similar number of low-cost Ouigo TGV trains.

Intercity trains that link cities in France and Transilien commuter services in the greater Paris region are running a third of the normal number of train services.

Regional TER trains are operating about 60 percent of usual services.

International train lines such as the Eurostar are also affected, with a reduced timetable scheduled to run until January 11th. Cross Channel ferries and the Eurotunnel are not affected and flights are running as normal.


Toronto is currently experiencing severe winter weather. This has resulted in a number of flights being diverted from Toronto to other airports such as Montreal, Ottawa and Windsor. At least 13 flights, destined for Lester Pearson International or Billy Bishop City airports, have been diverted.