SNCF trains and tickets for Christmas have taken the world by storm, these figures prove it

Screenshot of the SNCF website The OuiSNCF app was not available around 7:30am due to excessive crowding.

Screenshot of the SNCF website

The OuiSNCF app was not available around 7:30am due to excessive crowding.

TRANSPORT – The opening of the purchase of train tickets for the Christmas holidays has started at full speed. This Wednesday, October 5, up to 100,000 connections per minute were recorded on the app and the site between 6 am and 8 am, SNCF told RTL and BFMTV.

9 million tickets, one million more than last year, were on sale from 6 am According to the company, more than “30 bills per second” were sold between the opening of the sale and 8 a.m. that is, the equivalent of 3 TGV every minute”.

This influx caused bugs and the anger of some users who got up early to take advantage of the best prices and the best hours. the huff post I tried this morning around 7:30 am to go to the OuiSNCF app, but due to the “ high attendance (…) access to certain functions (was) temporarily interrupted”.

The OuiSNCF website and app are unavailable

SNCF expected its platforms to be raided, but “ attendance was 10 times greater than last year”, he told RTL. She also specifies that “Sales have never been interrupted.” “Customers may have encountered delays and been put in virtual waiting rooms,” some had to wait “up to five minutes” before completing your order.

In addition to the wait, the prices have also exasperated some buyers. “SNCF, you have to bleed to catch the train, it doesn’t encourage you to dodge the car”, “Currently, I am looking at SNCF train offers for a round trip to Brittany from Paris for Christmas. The train is more expensive than the car for two adults”, “SNCFConnect prices for Christmas are not possible… 264 euros round trip VS 161 euros by plane”They complain on Twitter.

The trend should not improve in 2023, as the SNCF would consider increasing its tariffs for 2023 to face the increase in energy prices. According to the parisian, two options would be on the table: a uniform increase in Intercités and TGV prices, or a differentiated increase, depending on the profile of the client or the line. The decision could be made in the fall.

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