For those interested, I've managed to get tickets on a "not yet cancelled" flight on Sunday evening.
Hooray! Hope it remains uncancelled and you get back safely.
Feeling pretty lucky really. One of our party does not have a ticket until Tuesday and he was supposed to fly out before me. It's late Sunday evening so there's a good chance.
Thanks for your help earlier -- some really good ideas but most things are now booked up or on strike it appears though information about the strike is hard to get (in fact I ended up finding a definitive answer on a train company's facebook site of all places).
Happy to help, shame everything was booked up or struck.
I struggled to find any information on the strike too until I thought to search in French - there's a lot more stuff on the Francophone web, oddly enough. A useful search phrase is "grève SNCF" - and Google Translate is handy if your French isn't fluent.
Turns out that it's quite a complicated strike with two unions (the venerable and once anarcho-syndicalist CGT, and Sud-Rail) disagreeing with each other and the management (SNCF), and local/regional/national conflicts within and between each of those three groupings.
The upshot as far as I can tell is that disruption is likely to continue. :-)
I love the French for stuff like this. (Really, that's not a sarcastic comment). Though I might feel differently if I was stuck in Spain :)
I said something similar on twitter -- more power to them though I am obviously upset by the timing.
It's actually damn complicated to find out what is and is not cancelled -- possibly because the management are doing one of those "let's run what services we can but we are not sure what". It becomes tricky when you're booking trains on foreign language web sites where you don't know the cancellation T&C. The station staff at Valencia were very helpful in simply telling me no repeatedly.
Apparently been going on for nearly two weeks now though I had no idea. In the UK of course the idea that a union might get a strike vote as a negotiating tactic is tantamount to treason and the blighters should obviously be strung up and twitters opine wisely about how it didn't ought to happen.
Where are you? I'm supposed to be flying out of Stockholm tomorrow but there's almost no chance of that happening.
I am in Valencia and have a flight for Sunday at 9pm -- originally friday at 9pm. Oh well...
Good luck with your travel woes.
Thanks. They've just cancelled my flight and KLM "aren't taking calls at this time" and just cut you off... No re-arranged flight for me then.
I actually just physically went to the airport. Because few flights are leaving it was relatively quiet and I was able to rearrange it there. Old school solution but it worked for me even with easyjet who are as shonky as they come.
Looks like a bunch of us are going to organise a coach. Hope you can get a ferry or something. It's all pretty adventurous really.
How's the coach organisation coming along? I'm coming back via train, at least 3 countries and 2 overnight stops...
Ouch... though actually train travel I find very relaxing so I guess it could be worse. We found 25 other British people wanting to travel the same journey so have got a relatively cheap deal for the 24 hour journey via the tunnel straight to London.
well done at getting it organised! I shall also be going through the tunnel but in a train from Brussels at denial am on Wednesday morning. train travel can be relaxing but from what I can gather the trains are rather packed...
You managed to get a Eurostar? Mind you, I guess there's availability on Wednesday. Actually Eurostar is in my experience very comfortable even when every seat is taken.
A colleague was feeling proud he'd got a sleeper from Madrid to Paris then a Eurostar to London. He's not feeling so good now because due to the rail strike his sleeper train is a rail replacement bus service. It's about 14 hours by train.
Oh good grief. Glad we're going via Brussels to the UK and not through Paris or somewhere! Wednesday was pretty good for availability I have to say. Fingers crossed that all our other connections work!
Indeed. The situation is not ideal. Especially as the train strike means that getting anywhere by other means is very tricky.