2013-07-15 20:49:21 UTC
voyages-sncf.com (SNCF themselves) and RailEurope (SNCF subsidiary). The
voyages-sncf engine is rather keen on minimising changes - I've never seen
it offer more than two. On a long trip (eg London to south of France) it
sometimes means that you're restricted to only a few trains when in fact
there are more options if you change (especially onto TER). If there are
more than two changes it offers no trains at all (eg Roscoff to Pau which
can be found by splitting at Morlaix).
RailEurope seems to have a different booking engine which is slightly more
willing to offer changes. But I tried to book Paris to Hendaye the other
day - it offered me a price and I selected 'collect from machine', then it
told me it couldn't find any fares and went back to the fares screen with
the price increased. Repeat a few times as the price ratcheted up the fare
levels, until I gave up.
In the end I couldn't make SNCF put me on the cheaper train with change (RE
offering £45 with TER for the last 20 mins, against £95 on through TGV) so I
split at Biarritz - same through TGV, EUR30 saved.
So I'm very interested if there's a site which has more flexibility to rejig
the train allocation. I've tried
but these also fail at Roscoff to Pau.