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Hello! I'm in the final stages of booking our September 2009 Paris>Amsterdam>London trip and I'm hoping to get some advice on the Chunnel.

We are flying Virgin Atlantic in to Heathrow from the US, and want to travel on to Paris the same day. Unfortunately they don’t fly on to Charles de Gaulle in Paris, so we’ll have to allow at least 3 hours before the connecting flight and go through customs, collect luggage, etc just to turn around and check in to another flight. Staying in London our first night and travelling to Paris in the morning isn't an option - we'll have family waiting for us on the other side.

Now I am considering the Chunnel. A flight to Paris would arrive at 10:30pm and cost roughly $250, while the Eurostar would arrive at 10:15pm and cost $350. I understand I will also have to get to the Eurostar station - I've got plenty of time for that since our original flight lands at 3:30pm.

I am wondering if the extra effort to get to the train station and the extra $100 will be worth it? We wouldn't have to hassle with checking back in to another flight, and it might be fun to take the train to Paris. I'm happy to spend the extra money if it's an "experience" but I don't want to if it's better to just hang around at the airport all afternoon.

So, bottom line – will the Eurostar through the Chunnel be an adventure or just another means of travel?

Thank you!
Nona

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