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3 Girls going to Paris - Eurostar question?

3 Girls going to Paris - Eurostar question?

Nov 21st, 2007, 04:59 AM
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3 Girls going to Paris - Eurostar question?

I've been devouring all the wonderful advice on this board since I booked my tickets to London two months ago and I have a question that I'm hoping you fine folks can answer! I'm going to visit my two best friends who are currently living in the UK. We have decided to take a quick two day trip to Paris using the Eurostar as our mode of transportation. Here's my question: Should we each book our ticket separately on our own and if we do, will we be able to sit together? OR should one us of book all three tickets at the same time so as to ensure we are able to sit together? Thank you in advance!!
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Nov 21st, 2007, 05:08 AM
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If you wish to sit together then you all need to book at the same time otherwise no guarantees.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 05:53 AM
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Bellini thank you so much! That was my hunch but I wanted to find out for sure and since none of us had ever taken the Eurostar before, I wanted to find out from the experts! Thanks again!!

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Nov 21st, 2007, 06:09 AM
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Train seats everywhere are allocated when you make a booking, so you can only guarantee seats together if they're booked together. Eurostar trains do have a café/bar where you can socialise, but it has no seats or stools.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 06:10 AM
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The three of you can go to Eurostar before your Paris trip (if you're meeting up with friends in London ahead of time) and ask to have your seats changed so that you're sitting together or at least close to each other (unless you're traveling during a peak holiday period and the trains are sold out).

Caveat: if you do get your seat changed, doublecheck your tickets before you board. The last time I had my seat changed at Eurostar, the ticket agent changed my seat, but then mistakenly handed back my old ticket instead of the new one. I didn't check it. So when I boarded, I went to the seat and a few minutes later someone showed up with a ticket for the same seat (he'd picked up his ticket after my original seat had gone back into the pool). I had no idea which was my new (correct) seat. Fortunately, the next car was half empty and I was able to move.

By the way, if you're traveling in standard class and you want a window seat, seats ending in 22, 24, 32, and 34 don't actually have windows, just the walls of the train (that was the reason I had my ticket changed in the situation described above...the ticket machine had spit out one of those "no window" window seats).

Also, one other note just in case you're traveling in business class, the business class/Carte Blanche lounge at St. Pancras isn't open yet. My husband (we're Carte Blanche travelers) went back to Brussels this morning and had hoped to do some work in the lounge, only to find there wasn't one, just a roped off area instead. He was given some vouchers for free drinks at the champagne bar which we'll probably use next week.

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Nov 21st, 2007, 06:27 AM
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Fantastic info! Thank you all! We'll be traveling standard class as we are poor military spouses! LOL! We'll be arriving at the station all together and my one friend has offered to purchase the tickets on her dime initially and we will repay her to ensure us sitting together!

BTilke: thank you for the tip on window seats! It would be a bit of a drag to not be able to see the scenery on a train trip that I will probably never repeat again! Much appreciated info!

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Nov 21st, 2007, 07:11 AM
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< bit of a drag not to be able and see the scenery >

Totally agree, but that scenery is almost a blur at 300 kmp!

Also, be aware that some of the seats face backwards. We much prefer the ones facing forward, so ask when making reservations if that makes a difference to you.

Have fun - it's a great trip.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 08:03 AM
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My husband reported one not yet mentioned benefit of the new high speed British section...mobile phone reception is so poor that hardly anyone talks on the phone...people start a conversation, whiz into a tunnel that disrupts the call, try again, another tunnel, try once more, still another tunnel disruption and then they give up.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 08:30 AM
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If you buy the Eurostar tickets early, you can save a significant amount of money. So I wouldn't wait until just before departure.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 08:34 AM
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Although it is less expensive to buy your tickets in advance, you can request a seat change just before departure. There is no fee for a change in seat assignment, as long as it's in the same class of travel and for the same journey.
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