French rail network SNCF has slashed prices of 150,000 TGV Inoui tickets, a day after news emerged that some train prices are set to increase by an average of 5% this year.
The promotional ‘Connect Days’ tickets will be available until January 31 or until the 150,000 seats have sold out, whichever comes first.
The tickets will be for one-way, second-class, TGV Inoui services and include routes across the country. They will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and are sold per passenger.
SNCF is also running a ‘flash sale’ which began yesterday, January 10, with some tickets available for €19.
Envie de voyager cet hiver à petits prix ? Profitez des Connect Days dès aujourd'hui ! ➡️ https://t.co/ksRnKUgu5B— SNCF Connect (@SNCFConnect) January 10, 2023
- €29 for destinations from Paris to northern cities such as Dunkirk
- €35 for western cities such as Bordeaux, Rennes, and Poitiers
- €49 for southern cities such as Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, and Nice
Ouigo services are not included in the promotion. Only second-class, one-way tickets for journeys between today (January 11) and January 31 are available at the cut-price rates.
Connect Days tickets for Paris-London and Lille-London (one way) are also being sold for €39. This compares to prices of €100, €200 or even more for last-minute tickets for the same route.
The sale comes just one day after SNCF confirmed that a number of tickets on TGV and Intercités services would rise in price by an average of 5% this year, due to soaring energy costs.
Business tickets will be among those to see the quickest and highest rises, SNCF said. In contrast, Ouigo tickets and those linked to the Avantage card will not rise until at least September this year.
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