Jun 9th, 2005, 07:52 AM
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Hi There,
I'd despaired of the Eurostar prices (150 GBP or so) for a single Paris - London until I picked up a hint here to go for a day return instead (25 GBP!); Is there any drawback with getting the day return? I can't see how they can force us to travel back to Paris but I'd just thought I'd check. We'll have all our luggage with us so it'll be pretty obvious we're not returning the same day.

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Jun 9th, 2005, 07:59 AM
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Though there could be in effect there seems to be no effort to control this. However it's very hard to book day return tickets on many trains, usually possible only on the very earliest trains. Ferry boats for years sold day returns and didn't allow people to carry luggage with such tickets that were cheaper than one-way fares but Eurostar hasn't done this in the many times i've used it - you just put your ticket thru the magnetic ticket acceptance machine and board. They could at anytime however do so. 25 pounds is a steal - in the US such day returns thru RE, good for any day of the week are $94 - much cheaper than weekend fare of $150 one-way (or return, same price) but slightly more than $90 one way Mon-Thu fare for trains between 11am and 3pm. but again day returns can be very hard to book - thru RE can book up to 9 months in advance, book as early as possible. In US i always recommend booking thru Budget Europe, a RailEurope agent I use for my railpasses, Eurostar, etc (800-441-2387), where Linda is a Eurostar whizz!
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Jun 9th, 2005, 08:12 AM
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Hi leed,

The price is, I believe, 24.9GBP EACH WAY, which is still the cheapest way.

You will not be deported if you don't use the return ticket.

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Jun 9th, 2005, 08:25 AM
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Thanks a lot guys - I realised after posting that the price was 25 each way but its still cheap so I've gone for it. If I get arrested I shall be posting again...!
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Jun 9th, 2005, 08:31 AM
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Isn't the cheapest roundtrip ticket 59 pounds on

I'm not questioning the $94 -- I know it can be done -- but just the lowest fares for UK residents (without discounts).
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Jun 9th, 2005, 08:40 AM
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I bought my tickets EARLY and got the $94 round trip ticket, and I won't get on the return train.

No, they don't try to come find you and toss you back on the train.

We did it before, and it was less than a one way ticket, which in the states well in advance costs $150 US.

If you haven't bought them already, I used -- both times, an agent out of Hawaii who mailed me the tickets. You can reach her at [email protected]

Good luck,

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Jun 10th, 2005, 01:02 AM
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Hi I booked yesterday from France for 99euros Return for the 23th june. prices change at several moments of the day, and I noticed they are different from sncf website to eurostar website. I'm so happy!!! I thought have would get it for 169€ but I checked again the day after...
now I have to find a room for 3 nights.
have a nice day
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Jun 10th, 2005, 06:36 AM
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If you're leaving on a thursday and spending three nights in London you'll be returning on Monday which means, if you were in the US you could have got a $90 round trip for those days - much cheaper than 99 euros. Perhaps you aren't in US and then the 99 e may be a bargain - point is US prices often cheaper right now than those in pounds or euros - not always but much of the time currently it seems.
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Jun 10th, 2005, 07:07 AM
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Hi Corinne,
As you're obviously from Dijon I hope you won't mind me asking a question...
We'll be in Dijon before Paris, on a walking holiday around Burgundy ( and we arrive at about 6 am (on the train from Rome) - will there be anything open for breakfast at that time? I'm sure we won't be able to get into our hotel until later.


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Jun 10th, 2005, 08:16 AM
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Hi Nick it is always a pleasure for me to help lost visitors ;-) I checked on and most of the cafés open around 7am. there is a nice one called "la concorde" next to the Triumph Arc on place Darcy (5 min walk from the station) I know there is a kind of brasserie at the station, have a look when you go out it could be open.
between the station and place Darcy there are a few bars, I know they close late but some of them might open early : Café Leffe,Cintra,Hunky Dory,(karaoké bars..)Au Bureau, Bar Français... Dijon is not a dead city!
if you tell me what hotel you are staying at I could tell you more opportunities. there is one next to the ducal palace "le café des Ducs" opening at 6am. ~o)
try those links if you want to know more about restaurants and life in dijon :
welcome in Dijon I'm sure you'll enjoy your trip! (how can you walk 11 miles almost everyday?)
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Jun 10th, 2005, 11:12 AM
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Merci Beaucoup Corinne...I'm English (though I've lived abroad for 8 years)and to my shame I have never been to France (or anywhere in Europe really) before. We're really looking forward to the trip and relying on wine to get us through the 11 miles a day...
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and next time just come to relax and explore Dijon, come to "my home in dijon" ;-) (if you don't get it it is the name of my website. dot com)
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