(These plans have changed even more since I first wrote this post! The post has been updated to reflect this – the update is correct as of 6 July at 18:30!)

So the French train strike on Wednesday 6 July has messed up my plans. I know that my cross border Madrid Atocha – Marseille St Charles high speed AVE train (Train 9724, D. Madrid Atocha 13:25, A. Marseille 21:26) will not run into France on 6th. So I took it to Barcelona Sants (arriving there at 16:22).

From Sants I took Rodalies R11 to Portbou (D. Sants 17:16, A. Portbou 19:51), and then when I arrive will cycle 6km over the hill to Cerbère in France, and stay in a hotel there.

But that then leaves me needing to make up a huge distance on Thursday 7 June to get to my original destination that day – Roma!

The original new plan was to take TER and InterCity trains along the coast via Nice, but the early trains from Cerbère morning of 7 July are not running either. So this then is the more radical re-routing – via Chambéry instead!

06:24 Cerbère
TER 76406
07:00 Perpignan

07:33 Perpignan
TGV 6202
10:31 Valence TGV

12:19 Valence TGV
TER 17574
14:19 Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux

15:44 Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux
TGV 9251
18:15 Torino Porta Susa

19:10 Torino Porta Susa
FR 9567
23:49 Roma Termini

I will chance it on the two TGVs – after all I am only routing this way because of a strike! – and have already reserved a seat on the Frecciarossa.

So let’s give this a go and see if it works!

One Comment

  1. hello Jon,
    Nous allons prochainement rejoindre Venise depuis Nuits-sous-Ravières le 11 aout via Dijon, Lausanne, Brigue, Venise et retour vers le 25 aout.
    Nous te tiendrons au courant de nos pérégrinations ferroviaires.
    Inno et Jean-pierre

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