Help with Eurostar ticket for April 16

Dec 16th, 2009, 03:47 PM
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Help with Eurostar ticket for April 16

Hi
The countdown in on and my outlook calendar has just reminded me its 90 days till I travel from Paris to London (which means its only about 70 or so days till we leave!)

I am trying to book 2 adults and 1 child from Paris to London on April 16th The date is not flexible due to soccer tickets we have booked for the next day in Liverpool.

I come up with a cheapest fare of 320 Euro or 291 pounds for the 3 of us... not quite the 60 Euro tickets I have read of on here.

Am I doing anything wrong? Is there a reason prices are higher? Would it be cheaper to fly?

Thanks

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Dec 16th, 2009, 05:03 PM
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Check out different trains. Eurostar is like the airlines, different trains have diferent prices depending on how popular they are. Another option is to look for a cheap round trip and throw away the second half of the ticket.
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Dec 16th, 2009, 06:24 PM
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Thanks nytraveller, The prices I quoted were for the cheapest train that day... the went up from there. Am I too early for the discounted tickets?
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Dec 16th, 2009, 06:41 PM
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Don't know where you are looking but April 16 won't be bookable until tomorrow. When you do book, see if there are round trip fares that are cheaper and just throw away the return portion.
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Dec 16th, 2009, 06:46 PM
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You must not be using the official site, www.eurostar.com. On that site you can book up to 120 days in advance (currently 16 April is one day too far out). For 15 April I found many departure times with fares of €137 for two adults and one child.
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Dec 16th, 2009, 07:32 PM
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Thanks TimS I will wait till tomorrow then the fare you quoted sounds much better
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Dec 17th, 2009, 04:27 AM
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I recently paid 147 Euros for 2 adults and 2 children, April 1, from the official site. You should be able to get the same.
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Dec 17th, 2009, 04:31 AM
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One way fare Paris to Liverpool with Easyjet - €120 including 60kg of luggage over 3 bags
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Dec 17th, 2009, 04:33 AM
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Hi EM,

>The countdown in on and my outlook calendar has just reminded me its 90 days till I travel from Paris to London.......... on April 16th<

Dec 16 -> Jan 16
Jan 16 -> Feb 16
Feb 16 -> Mar 16
Mar 16 -> Apr 16

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Dec 17th, 2009, 06:53 AM
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If you are willing to go for the non-changeable tickets you can get 2 adults + 1 child for <$200 US on a one way fare, according to the site www.eurostar.com as of today
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Dec 17th, 2009, 07:23 AM
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and also check yes that rip-off RailEurope in the US - surprisingly they do have cheap fares sometimes - at least cheaper than 291 pounds - at times they can be cheaper than eurostar.com - not often but sometimes as they seems no rhyme or reason between fares there and here - and RE books up to nine months in advance for those really wanting to secure a low fare - and i always suggest contacting budgeteuropetravel.com - a RE agent and asking for a manual check by phone of the RE data base and raileurope.com is notorious for not really showing the cheaper fares that may be available. So check both sources - eurostar.com is often cheaper if you are flexibile but if you must travel on a certain date like Fridays when cheaper fares are much harder or when there is a big soccer match on the other side, etc. RE could be as good or better.
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Dec 17th, 2009, 07:44 AM
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Some eurostar singles used to cost more than returns but I think that's changed recently with more sensible single fares. www.eurostar.com shows €137 for 2 adults & 1 child for April 16, (120 days away). If you wait until 22nd January you can buy through tickets to Liverpool; this could be as low as €177, trouble is the cheaper tickets on the the eurostar bit of the journey may have gone by then.
E.g. for 3rd March...
Paris Nord to London St Pancras Standard
Non flexible 2 x Adult (@ 50.00€)
1 x Child (@ 37.00€)
London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street Standard
Non flexible 2 x Adult (@ £16.00)
1 x Child (5+) (@ £8.00)
If you don't buy direct tickets to Liverpool, you may find other ways of getting discounted tickets; do you plan to return to London afterwards? (returns normally are better value)

"it's 90 days till I travel from Paris to London (which means its only about 70 or so days till we leave!)"
Where are you leaving from?
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Dec 17th, 2009, 08:22 AM
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Sometimes it's cheaper on eurostar if you pay in sterling rather than euro (I don't know about dollars). You just login telling them you are in UK. Also...

www.seat61.com says (among a lots of other useful tips)
"One-way fares on Eurostar...

Before June 2009 there was a problem with one-way fares on Eurostar. If you asked for a one-way journey you were often only offered an expensive fully-flexible one-way ticket for £155, even when a £59 return ticket was available on the same train! But as from 16 June 2009 they now offer sensible one-way fares right across their price range (in other words, one-way fares that are cheaper than the equivalent return!). So the problem should now have been solved. However, if for any reason you can't find an affordable one-way fare, by all means check the price of a return ticket and buy it if it's cheaper, throwing away the return portion after using the outward part."
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Dec 17th, 2009, 09:54 AM
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if you are 60 and over or under 26 then check on eurostar senior and youth fares, which can even be changed once without penalty - if seats in that fare category remain on the train you want to change to.and if possible point for midweek days for best cheaper availability.
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Dec 17th, 2009, 10:49 AM
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Like Ricardo_215 mentioned, logging in as a UK resident helped me find the best deal for last April. You simply print out the tickets at a kiosk at the train station.
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Dec 17th, 2009, 07:29 PM
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Thanks everyone you are all so helpful. I am leaving from Sydney via KL the direct to Rome and spending a few weeks in Italy before heading to Paris and ultimately flying home from London.

I have managed to find seats for 125 pounds for the 3 of us which sounds like a good deal to me.

Thanks Ira I have obviously got a head of myself with dates... I have been planning this since I bought the tickets last June at a bargain price of A$1300 each (which from Sydney is a great price) so its been a long time coming
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Dec 21st, 2009, 07:22 AM
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125 quid for three seats sounds like a great deal to me, too
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