Travelling by rail
Rail travel in France is in full expansion. This is due, in particular, to the high-speed TGV network, a unique example on the planet, which has seen net growth of 44% over the last 12 years. Sole operator SNCF has a firm commitment to a sustainable development policy: it has developed a number of initiatives in recent years, aimed at providing customers with the tools for responsible travel.
In 2006, Voyages-SNCF.com, France’s number-one online travel agent, launched the EcoComparateur®, a tool for calculating and comparing the environmental impact of each mode of transport. It offers travellers a useful basis on which to choose how they travel.
In addition, in 2007, Voyages-SNCF.com launched the Trophées du Tourisme Responsable [Responsible Tourism Awards], which reward model initiatives from French tourism professionals, whether they are accommodation providers, transport providers or tour operators.
The SNCF website also offers a site devoted to tourist trains, like the Mont-Blanc Express in Chamonix, the Train Jaune in Roussillon, and the Train de la Côte Bleue in Marseilles. By improving and developing the tourist rail services on offer, the SNCF seeks to contribute to local economic development, promote this exceptional industrial heritage, and encourage rail tourism, low in greenhouse gas emissions.