London to Paris

Old Jun 3rd, 2006, 06:51 PM
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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.
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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 02:58 AM
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If you mean Eurostar - the trick is book as early as you can.

Search for "Eurostar" - and you'll find loads of info.
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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 04:37 AM
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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.
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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 06:25 AM
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Also look at eurostar.com
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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 07:06 AM
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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!
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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 07:31 AM
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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.
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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 09:38 AM
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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.


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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 10:07 AM
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...which of course would never work because they cannot oblige people to use credit cards for payment.
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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?
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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 11:03 AM
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"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"

Where?
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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 01:58 PM
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Another alternative is EasyJet! I believe that you can get tickets for almost half that of Eurostar.
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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 02:08 PM
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But remember to add on the costs & time of getting to & from airports
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Old Jun 4th, 2006, 06:48 PM
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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.
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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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