Ouigo: the low cost offers train of SNCF
Ouigo, the cheap TGV
Ouigo corresponds to the service of TGV low cost of the SNCF. Launched in April 2013, Ouigo trains link dozens of cities in France such as Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Rennes, Nantes, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Nice, Metz, Nancy, etc. This is one of the SNCF's best options for cheap trains.
An offer inspired by low-cost airlines, OuiGo offers tickets that are cheaper than the routes inOui and makes up for it by charging for extra luggage. Note that the stations served by OuiGo are more often stations located outside of major cities:
Marne-la-Vallée - Chessy, Massy TGV, Charles-de-Gaulle TGV Airport for Paris; Champagnes-Ardennes TGV for Reims, etc.
In view of the prices charged, OuiGo trains can even represent a real alternative to BlaBlaCar, which is generally cheaper than the train. OuiGo Lille-Paris trains are available from €13.
Did you know that? You can also find your SNCF train tickets on our site.
Find the cheapest Ouigo tickets for this summer and fall
Ouigo sales for tickets until December 9, 2023 have been open since March 8, 2023. The first OUIGO tickets available for sale can be up to 2x cheaper, but be reactive. The best prices leave very quickly. The more you wait, the more you may pay dear.
What is OuiGo's secret?
How does the SNCF can offer such low prices for the TGV? We have identified the top 5 reasons.
Prices of Ouigo tickets are really cheap. But if you go at the last moment, the prices can be much higher. It will never be said often enough, but book as soon as possible. And unlike other tickets SNCF trains, the Ouigo tickets can not be refunded but only exchanged. That said, Kombo offers a cancellation guarantee that allows you to be reimbursed 70% in 2 clicks, without any justification.
Ouigo trains often leave from peripheral stations, so less central than stations with inOui. For example, in Paris, Massy station is located south of Paris even if it is accessible directly by RER B. And the Montparnasse station used is the one of Vaugirard, whose platforms are a few minutes walk from the centre of the Montparnasse station.
The Ouigo trains are optimized to reduce costs. These are trains with 2 floors and there is not a bar.
If Ouigo are not expensive, it is also because these TGV circulate at low traffic times, very early in the morning, in the middle of the day or late in the evening.
You will therefore have fewer timetables on offer compared to SNCF timetables in general. OuiGo train timetables are shown on the results pages when you perform a search.
The OuiGo train schedules are very important, as boarding is 30 minutes before departure. We therefore advise you to arrive 1 hour before the departure of your OuiGo train.
Like any low cost service, Ouigo ticket does not include an option. The outlet is by example and pay for additional baggage.
The OuiGo are recognizable by their sparkling blue colour, and often walk along rivers, on the outskirts of villages, at speeds of up to 300km/hour.
Tenders of Ouigo trains
When traveling on Ouigo, there is only one seat in the classroom, which means that all passengers are offered the same level of service on board. Since there is no restaurant on the train car, so it is highly recommended to refuel before in your favorite supermarket. On the other hand, the absence of a cafe or restaurant on board means that there is usually more places available than in other high-speed trains.
Buy the train tickets Ouigo
Note that Ouigo tickets can only be purchased online, so do not forget to buy your tickets well in advance or before you leave for the station. In terms of luggage you can carry, bring two hand luggage is free, but there is usually a charge for suitcases or large equipment.
You will receive your train ticket four days before departure, or immediately if the departure is within four days. Make sure you print your tickets before you go or upload your Ouigo ticket because you will be able to show one of these two options before boarding the train.
As OUIGO is a low cost offer, OUIGO tickets are neither refundable nor exchangeable. However, Kombo offers a cancellation guarantee which allows you to be reimbursed if you wish. How does it work? For a small additional fee when you buy your ticket, 70% of your OUIGO ticket can be cancelled. In other words, if you buy a €50 Ouigo ticket, you can get €35 back by cancelling it with a simple click on Kombo.
The Ouigo options
When booking a Ouigo train tickets, you can add some options to make your trip more enjoyable as possible:
Electric socket: Check the "plug" if you need to recharge your electrical appliances. This service includes a nominal fee.
Additional baggage: Also available for a fee, take up to two more bags with you on board.
Stroller: You can take a free stroller in Ouigo trains, provided that the state at time of booking and bend when boarding.
Warning message: Select the text messages to receive confirmation of the ticket booking and travel information, including the train platform number directly on your smartphone.
Pets: If your cat, dog or rabbit weighs 6 kg, you must purchase a pet ticket price.
Quiet: For a small charge, you can choose a place in the quietest cars of the train. Perfect for those who want to work or relax in peace and quiet during the journey.
Tickets Terms Ouigo
Launched in 2013, it is a subsidiary Ouigo low cost of SNCF. They offer train tickets between Paris and several cities in France, from 10 € for adults and € 5 for children.
The specific conditions Ouigo tickets are:
The Ouigo tickets are non-refundable.
Tickets are redeemable online Ouigo up to 1 hour before getting on board (10 € per passenger per change).
An exchange is not possible at the station.
Boarding starts 30 minutes before departure.
I biglietti ferroviari OUIGO possono essere scambiati solo con un altro biglietto OUIGO con stazioni di partenza e di arrivo identiche.
You will receive your OUIGO train ticket no later than 4 days before departure (or immediately if you booked less than 4 days before departure).
The Ouigo tickets must be printed on A4 paper or displayed on an electronic ticket Smartphone/Tablet.
SNCF reductions do not apply to OUIGO train tickets.
Are the Ouigo tickets sold in Kombo at the same price as the Ouigo site?
Yup! We do not charge additional costs for our customers, because we get a Ouigo commission for every ticket sold.
Are the Ouigo tickets sold in Kombo at the same price as the Ouigo site?
Yup! We do not charge additional costs for our customers, because you get a Ouigo commission for every ticket sold.
Are Ouigo tickets refundable?
No. OUIGO tickets are non-refundable. It is by accepting these constraints that OUIGO is able to offer tickets at such low prices.
Since OUIGO tickets are named, it is not possible to change the name of the ticket.
Should I arrive early at the station for the OUIGO?
Yes, unlike a TGV Inoui, boarding on OUIGO trains is not possible at the last minute. You must therefore arrive at least 20 minutes in advance, but for greater peace of mind, we recommend that you arrive at the station 1 hour earlier.
OUIGO staff will check your train ticket at the time of boarding, i.e. before you board the train.
What is the difference in comfort between OUIGO and Inoui?
The journey time of an OUIGO and an Inoui is very similar. But the stations used by the OUIGO are sometimes outside the city centre.
As for the seats, they are very comfortable on both the OUIGO and the Inoui.
What luggage is included in OUIGO?
On board OUIGO trains you can take one hand luggage (max. 36x27x15 cm) and one carry-on luggage (max. 55x35x25 cm) free of charge.
Can I take suitcases or other larger luggage on board OUIGO?
Yes, you can add an extra piece of luggage when purchasing your OUIGO ticket for €5.
Please note that you will not be able to add luggage after purchase.
It is possible to add luggage at the station, but the cost is €20, which is 4 times more than booking on Kombo.
The little extra: this extra baggage, also called XL, can be up to 1.30 metres and 30 kg. This is usually more than enough for a large suitcase!
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