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Eurostar Paris / London stations - proximity to which airports?

Dec 27th, 2005, 01:25 PM
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Roundtrip for $725 total for 4 people, to/from major airports, sounds pretty good.
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Dec 27th, 2005, 01:56 PM
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WillTravel - I thought that was a pretty good fare too.

Before booking that, however, I'd like to compare the train option, from Paris to Rome (and EasyJet back to LGW which I know is $302 USD for the 4 of us).

Which train would we take? I guess we would need to take an overnight train... that would cut out the cost of 1 night's hotel stay in Paris, as well. I'm looking at the website ira listed but haven't figured out how to do the search properly yet (I'm trying to look at Paris Bercy to the Termini in Rome... I also tried Paris Bercy to Trastevere, where we're staying in Rome).

Also, are most people able to sleep well on these trains?

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Dec 27th, 2005, 02:29 PM
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WillTravel - actually, we can get the round-trip LHR to FCO for 4 pax for $602 USD on Alitalia... but that's with a stop in Milan on the return, and it leaves a couple of hours earlier than we might like / be able to leave.
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Dec 28th, 2005, 09:33 AM
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The night train would be your best choice. Guessing the ages of your children, I discovered that regular 2nd class tickets in a six-person couchette would cost E370. However, if PREM (discount) seats are available, you can can 2nd class tickets for E200 and 1st class tickets for E280 (four-person couchette). The extra space is worth the higher price. It used to be that you couldn't order and print your tickets online more than 60 days in advance, but now that has been extended to 90 days. PREM tickets sell out in a hurry so it's best to order them as close to the 90-day window as possible. At www.sncf.com enter Paris as your departure city, Rome as your destination, and 19:00 as your departure time. Choose France as the country in which you will pick up your tickets. (You can do that at any train station or SNCF boutique.) If PREM seats are available, you can print them yourself.
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Dec 28th, 2005, 09:45 AM
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I'll try the search again TimS. Thanks. Maybe I need to put in "pretend dates" that are within 90 days. The kids will be 14 and 11 next summer, by the way.

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Dec 29th, 2005, 11:52 AM
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One more question regarding the train. Is it fairly reliabile? We're taking a cruise from the port near Rome, so if we're coming from Paris, we wouldn't want to be delayed by the train and miss the ship! That's why our original plan was to do our stay in Rome 1st, before the cruise... if there were to be any hiccups, we would still make the ship.
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Dec 29th, 2005, 11:56 AM
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Yikes, I'm not sure I'd rely on either a plane or train to arrive on time. Can you do an overnight first?
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Dec 29th, 2005, 12:30 PM
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WillTravel - After arriving in London, we have a few days before the cruise. We can do either of the following:
(a) spend those days in Paris, then on to Rome on the day of the cruise (which doesn't leave until 7 p.m. but we want to get to the port by 2 p.m.). With this option we would stay in Rome for a few days after the cruise, and then head to Paris.
(b) go straight to Rome, spend our few days there, go on the cruise, then go on to Paris.
In either case, we'll go to London for a few days as our last stop.
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Dec 29th, 2005, 12:31 PM
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I have an inflexible rule that I must have two ways to get from my hotel to the airport for my flight home, and you might think about applying the same rule to your cruise:

Do Rome first. Stay in the port. Relax.
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Dec 29th, 2005, 12:43 PM
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Robespierre - Yes, the operative word that I hope we get to do... relax.

WillTravel - I was just reading another one of your posts re: delays at Heathrow between flights. If we fly directly from LHR to Rome, we will have 2 hours and 40 minutes between flights (going from United to Alitalia). Is this a sufficient amount of time?
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Dec 29th, 2005, 12:46 PM
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In theory it should be enough time. But if you're on a one-ticket itinerary, it doesn't matter so much as if you have two separate tickets. With the single itinerary, the airline is obliged to rebook you if you miss the flight because of delays.
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Dec 29th, 2005, 01:06 PM
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WillTravel - We would have 2 separate tickets (UAL from the US, and then Alitalia booked separately). I don't know of any way to combine them into 1 itinerary since Alitalia is not a partner airline of UAL, etc..

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Dec 29th, 2005, 01:10 PM
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cawhite, how did you book the two tickets? If through an agency as part of one itinerary, the same obligation should still apply.
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Dec 29th, 2005, 02:14 PM
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WillTravel - The UAL tickets were purchased directly through UAL (actually 3 are FF tix, 1 was purchased). I haven't purchased the Alitalia ones yet. I have them on hold until 12/31, pending deciding the best way to route the trip to London, Rome, and Paris.

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Dec 29th, 2005, 02:19 PM
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cawhite, if I had read the whole thread through, I would have seen that - sorry. Anyway, I'd prefer more than 2 hours and 40 minutes between flights, even if they are at the same airport. My story with Heathrow delay:
* Late departure from home airport (YVR)
* Sitting on the plane at the gate for 90 minutes, before finally being bused to the terminal.
* Finding that a planeload of passengers from Iranian Airways had also arrived. (Admittedly, they were hustled off somewhere else, and I can't say they slowed me down.)

Anyway, given you have to go through the check-in process again with Alitalia, and given the ever-present possibilities of various delays, you could run into time pressure. The odds are in your favor, but I wouldn't risk it. On my last trip I had travel insurance which had a clause that you would be covered if you had at least four hours between flights on unrelated tickets at the same airport.
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Dec 29th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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Thanks WillTravel - I will look at the travel insurance we plan to purchase to see what it covers... I didn't even think of that aspect!

We are really hoping to get to our initial destination (be it Rome or Paris), ASAP, as I'm sure we'll be quite burned out from the flights from the U.S. (West Coast).

That's one reason I liked the idea of going to Paris 1st... but there again I would like the security of knowing we're in our cruise departure city ahead of time too.
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Dec 29th, 2005, 03:22 PM
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oops... didn't finish my thought. We would like to get to our initial destination ASAP... that's why I was hoping that 2 hrs. and 40 min. between flights would be OK.
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Dec 30th, 2005, 05:59 AM
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Hi C,

>...(a) spend those days in Paris, then on to Rome on the day of the cruise ...<

There is no way that I would risk missing my cruise due to delay in traveling the day of the cruise.

I would be in Rome the night before.

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