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  1. mrmartin

    mrmartin Member

    17 Dec 2012

    Looks like SNCF is offering unlimited TGV travel for 79eur/month for 18-27 year olds? Bit of a strange offer, can't see young people like that needing to travel that much for work etc?
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  2. CC 72100

    CC 72100 Established Member

    23 Jan 2012
    The SNCF has history with this - idTGVMAX, which can only be used on idTGV services (a low-cost SNCF sub-brand) was launched a couple of years back:

    From a customer point of view it was only partly successful - lack of places on trains (ie. trains may have a quota of iDTGVMAX places) was the main complaint. It featured on the consumer show "On n'est plus des pigeons" as part of a feature on expensive rail fares. (Sound familiar?)
  3. Gordon

    Gordon Member

    11 Feb 2011
    Not all that strange IMHO. Traditionally students that age group in France have travelled extensively on SNCF, for example to and from the family home to their place of study, often every week. These journeys can be long, such as Rodez - Paris.

    Making the journey every weekend means on average 8 journeys a month, and the article states that this is SNCF's 'answer' to car sharing and low cost coach services, so I can see why it would be attempted by SNCF.

    However, the point the journalist is making is that most trips of this type would be at peak times when they might struggle to get the cheap allocation.

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