The five cities served from Gare de Lyon will be:

  • Lyon Saint-Exupery,
  • Marseille,
  • Aix-enProvence TGV,
  • Avignon, and
  • Valence.

Ouigo will also launch six new direct connects from Gare de Lyon to:

  • Nice,
  • Cannes,
  • Antibes,
  • Toulon,
  • Saint Raphael, and
  • Les Arcs Draguignan.

Ouigo also announced it will launch services from Lille Flandres to Lyon and Marseille, serving Haute-Picardie TGV station, Marne-la-Vallée and Roissy Charles de Gaulle in Paris, and Aix-en-Provence. Tickets for the new destinations will go on sale on October 11, along with the services’ winter and spring tickets.

Ouigo, which launched five years ago and is celebrating the milestone with a flash sale of 100,000 tickets priced between €10 and €16 on September 13, is expecting to carry 13 million passengers in 2018, up from 1.5 million in 2013. By 2020, it expects that to increase to 26 million passengers with 34 trains serving 30 destinations, representing 25% of high-speed traffic in France.

A study undertaken by TNS Sofres found six out of 10 travellers would not have travelled by train if it wasn’t for Ouigo’s low-cost fares, while one in three passengers would not have travelled at all. In the last five years, 65% of customers travelled for less than €25 one way.

"Ouigo continues its tremendous rise for five years while keeping its promise of unbeatable prices,” says Ouigo CEO, Ms Stéphane Rapebach. “The opening of Paris Gare de Lyon is an important milestone in the strategy of winning new high-speed customers for the low-cost SNCF brand.”