By Nicholas Zaugra
A few days from the Festival of Lights, the demand for train tickets to get to Lyon from December 8 to 11, 2022 is exploding. And business prices are starting to climb even though there are still opportunities accessible to tighter budgets.
Trainline, the first train and bus ticket sales application in Europe, ensures that the number of reservations to travel to Lyons increasing by 103%, according to figures sent to Lyon news. At the top of the podium, we find the Parisians (+176.9%), the Marseillais (+49.3%) or the Lille residents (+40.7%) who have already reserved their train tickets.
Tickets still available
The trains are not yet full one week before the event, but the price is starting to rise sharply. To attend the first evening on Thursday, December 8, Paris-Lyon outward journey can climb to 142 euros in first and 97 euros in second for the SNCF TGV Inoui (excluding benefits and reductions).
But there are still opportunities with tickets Trenitalia much cheaper. Count 39 euros for the mini prices. In Ouigo, there are also tickets for around forty euros. For the most patient, tickets in ” Ouigo Loans (4h50 journey) are marketed from 16 euros one way.
More expensive tickets on Friday, less on Saturday
To get to the Festival of Lights on Friday, prices skyrocket. There are no more SNCF tickets left below 65 euros in seconds, Ouigo tickets under 55 euros and some Trenitalia tickets remain available (but for a few hours) at 65 euros.
Otherwise it takes more than 80 euros on average one way.
Saturday remains more interesting with one-way TGV tickets still available at 48 euros for the SNCF, 45 euros for its Italian competitor and 16 euros for the trains on loan.
Half-price TER tickets in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
The SNCF also launches a commercial operation for the TER which goes to Lyon during the weekend of the Festival of Lights.
The 50% discount applies to the normal rate on the purchase of a TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes ticket to Lyon from December 8 to 11, 2022. This rate is valid from all stations in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region , as well as from Mâcon and Geneva (Cornavin via Bellegarde). Tickets on sale from November 18 to December 11.
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