Find important information on upcoming train strikes and other disruptions in Europe.
Strike in France from May 3rd to May 29th
What? National railway strike in France
When? In May these dates have been confirmed: 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th
More info: visit the SNCF website for the most up-to-date information
Please be aware that on strike days, it's not possible to book reservations. If you're travelling during the strike period, make sure to be at the station early. Pass holders who already have a reservation are able to board the train, but seats are not guaranteed.
Track Maintenance in Sweden from June 25th to August 19th
What? Track Maintenance in Sweden
When? From June 25th to August 19th
More info: visit the SJ website for the most up-to-date information
During this time, all trains between Stockholm Central and the south of Sweden will stop and turn around at Stockholm Södra and Flemingberg station, instead of Stockholm Central. This means travel times will be prolonged in cases when trains are rerouted. There will also be cases of totally cancelled trains.
Good to know: Interrail passes valid in Sweden are also valid on replacement bus services.
Train Disruptions in Turkey
Due to the ongoing Marmaray Tunnel Project and Turkish high-speed rail project, several Istanbul stations, including the historic stations Istanbul Sirkeci and Istanbul Haydarpasa, are experiencing limited or suspended service.
Travelers arriving from Europe overnight on the Balkan Express (Sofia-Istanbul) or the Bosphorus Express (Bucharest-Istanbul) will arrive at Istanbul Halkali station, a suburban station about 25km from the center. Turkish Railways provides a free transfer bus to take passengers from Istanbul Halkali to Sirkeci station in the center of the city.
There are no trains currently running to or from Istanbul Haydarpasa. High-speed YHT trains to Eskisehir and Ankara currently depart from Pendik station, 25 km east of central Istanbul. Pendik station is accessible by Metro service.
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