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Best Way to Buy Eurostar Tickets in advance?

Best Way to Buy Eurostar Tickets in advance?

Jan 28th, 2010, 06:09 AM
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Best Way to Buy Eurostar Tickets in advance?

I need help to find out the safe and cheapest way to buy Eurostar Tickets from Paris to London!!! Thanks in advance.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 07:06 AM
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Go to www.eurostar.com and register as a resident of the US (whether you actually are or not doesn't matter). If you book far enough in advance (up to 120 days allowed), you can get a non-refundable, non-exchangeable discount fare good only for a specific departure date and time. The lowest discount fare is 50 EUR.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 07:10 AM
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Adding to my previous post. The allotted number of discount tickets can sell out fast so book ASAP. The longer you wait the higher the fare.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 07:18 AM
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I priced out tickets on the US site, the UK site and the France site (you'll need to clear your cookies each time to do this). France was the cheapest for the same route/time between the 3. The UK was only a few bucks more so I booked through there since I am traveling from London to Paris. I would definitely consider trying to book on either the UK or France version of the site as there is considerable cost savings. Again, as Tim stated, book as soon as they open up your dates.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 07:42 AM
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On the UK version of the Eurostar site a single (one-way) ticket for London-Paris can be as low as 39 GBP, but for Paris-London the lowest fare is 45.50 GBP (around 52 EUR).

The lowest fare for Paris-London on both the France version and the US version is the same: 50 EUR.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 02:01 PM
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Thanks. In the eurorailways.com site it give me a cheaper price. In the Eurostar site it cost me more than $200 USD per ticket a one way from Paris to London!!
In the eurorailways it cost me 135. Whats the deal with this prices? Can anyone advice me which site (including others) gives the best price?
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Jan 28th, 2010, 03:16 PM
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What's your travel date?
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Jan 28th, 2010, 03:46 PM
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What do you mean $200/pp? I am looking at oneway fare from London to Paris for 5 (2 adults + 3 kids) to be $272. Is there anything I am missing?
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Jan 31st, 2010, 01:39 PM
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Do you need to purchase from the Eurostar website? and what is the difference between first class (leisure, I think) and standard? Do you still have seats assigned in standard class? or is it first come first served? Has anyone done it both ways and can tell me the advantage of each?
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Jan 31st, 2010, 02:48 PM
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We used Eurostar.com We got very cheap prices - it depends upon what time of day you travel. Keep looking until you find a cheap price.
One thing to remember is that you will have to secure the ticket with your credit card. Be sure to take this same credit card with you when you pick up the tickets at the train station. They use that for identification - it may have changed since 2 years ago but then no credit card - no ticket. Also, come a bit early to pick up the tickets.
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Feb 1st, 2010, 03:56 AM
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bhbarr,

Go to http://tinyurl.com/y9byklz and you can watch a video that tells about the classes on Eurostar trains.
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Feb 1st, 2010, 04:42 AM
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The most common cheap fare on the Eurostar in France at the moment (going either way) is 44 euros.
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Feb 1st, 2010, 07:44 AM
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Sometimes it is even cheaper to book throught the SNCF website or at sncf boutiques.
Last year in April, a trip Dijon/London/Dijon(300km South of Paris)with a change in Lille, (much more convenient than Paris when you come from the South), cost me 169€ for 2(round trip). I'll try to do the same again this year. Good luck!
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Feb 1st, 2010, 08:03 AM
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kerouac,

If I'm reading the Eurostar and SNCF sites correctly, the lowest single fare is €50 and the lowest return fare is €88.
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Mar 20th, 2010, 02:12 PM
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I am trying to book tickets and noticing this same issue. Euro Railways is significantly cheaper. I just want to make sure I am not misunderstanding something.
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Mar 21st, 2010, 12:07 PM
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blu-mountain,

The official Eurostar site is www.eurostar.com. Euro Railways is something else altogether. Book on the Eurostar site.
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