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sharonf Jun 3rd, 2006 05:51 PM

London to Paris
 
Someone mentioned there are cheap tickets available if purchased early enough for transportation from London to Paris. I can not locate that message, so if anyone can help me with this question I would appreciate it.Thank You.

david_west Jun 4th, 2006 01:58 AM

If you mean Eurostar - the trick is book as early as you can.

Search for "Eurostar" - and you'll find loads of info.

grantop Jun 4th, 2006 03:37 AM

Sharon, there are others her who are much more knowledgeable about this than I am, but I booked Eurostar tickets for $90 each. I needed 4 tickets so I bought them through raileurope.com and received the tickets in 3 days via UPS. There were no handling/processing fees and shipping was free because we spent over a certain amount.

grantop Jun 4th, 2006 05:25 AM

Also look at eurostar.com

jeanne1408 Jun 4th, 2006 06:06 AM

Granton: you're ever so correct. There's an even less expensive fare if you're willing to do London/ Paris / London (or vice versa) all on a Saturday.

Check out www.lastminute.fr and the www.sncf.com sites. They often have some terrific deals that include a hotel stay. Worth exploring!

kerouac Jun 4th, 2006 06:31 AM

Depending on the season, Eurostar regularly has special deals between London and Paris, often going as low as 50-70 euros for the round trip. Generally if you are going one way, it is much cheaper to book a round trip ticket and throw away the return portion.

jeanne1408 Jun 4th, 2006 08:38 AM

There has been talk of the train people getting tough and making people pay the difference by charging credit cards for the return portion of the ticket.



kerouac Jun 4th, 2006 09:07 AM

...which of course would never work because they cannot oblige people to use credit cards for payment.

Larryincolorado Jun 4th, 2006 09:18 AM

I live in Denver. A few years ago, there was a low cost airline flying out of Colorado Springs to cities in the east. To compete, United offered the same fares out of COS, which were a lot less than the fares from Denver to those cities. However, all the United flights went through DIA. People in Denver caught on, and would buy a ticket from COS, leave from there, but get off in Denver on the way home. United made some rumbles about charging people for not using the last leg of the fare, but though better of it, and didn't. They apparently didn't want to get into the practice of charging people not to fly United.

I don't know how long in advance you have to purchase tickets in London to get the discount fares, but the UK version of the Eurostar website shows that round trip for 59 GBP (about $110). That is not as good as $90, but if you could buy it over there for cash, what could they do?

CotswoldScouser Jun 4th, 2006 10:03 AM

<i> &quot;There has been talk of the train people getting tough and making people pay the difference by charging credit cards for the return portion of the ticket&quot; </i>

Where?

Lynaenovo Jun 4th, 2006 12:58 PM

Another alternative is EasyJet! I believe that you can get tickets for almost half that of Eurostar.

alanRow Jun 4th, 2006 01:08 PM

But remember to add on the costs &amp; time of getting to &amp; from airports

Larryincolorado Jun 4th, 2006 05:48 PM

Flying is a lot less convenient than the Eurostar (bus to airport, wait in airport, bus from airport) and takes twice as long as the train. Most of the time, if you get the discount tickets, Eurostar cost less.

Note, the flights with the lowest fares on EasyJet require you to be in Luton at 4 AM (before any public transportation gets there) or get you to downtown Paris after 11 PM.

Gavin Jun 4th, 2006 06:29 PM

BMI can have good fares between London Heathrow and Paris. Do consider the cost in time and money for getting to and from the airports when comparing with the train.


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