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Old Jan 25th, 2006, 02:52 PM
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Why is it cheaper to buy a Eurostar ticket in Euros than in British Pounds?

I am using Eurostar.com to price tickets, these are cheapest in Euros if you use the French website. I do not understand French properly, what should I do? Buy the tickets on the French site, or the American/British site which are in English? Thnaks
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Old Jan 25th, 2006, 03:09 PM
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Isn't it because of the exchange rate? Just as one dollar does not equal one euro, so one euro is not the same amount of money as one pound.

The actual price, whatever the currency, should be the same.
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Old Jan 26th, 2006, 03:58 AM
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Actually, I'm not sure that it is. I believe it can be cheaper to start in Paris than in London - presumably this reflects demand.
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Old Jan 26th, 2006, 09:34 AM
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Hi R,

Also look for Eurostar tickets at www.raileurope.com.

Sometimes they are cheaper in dollars.

How much is the price difference?

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Old Jan 26th, 2006, 10:01 AM
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Exchange rate is a factor but it mostly to do with market forces. Many more Britons travel on Eurostar than the French, in both directions. Hence there is greater commercial reason for luring the French travelling public with lower fares than the British with their steady, often business-related demand for the service.
Until recent fare wars with budget airlines and Eurotunnel have driven the price lower, the same thing used to happen with cross-channel ferries where tickets bought on the Continent tended to cost less.
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Old Jan 26th, 2006, 10:23 AM
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Raileurope has been generally cheaper on most trains the past years than either British or euro fares. Why? i don't know but it's hard to match their $90 round trip fares - i always recommend calling BETS (800-441-2387) for Eurostar fares in US - Byron there is a Eurostar expert - in the past i've found cheaper fares thru them than thru the RailEurope site, even though they are a RE agent. They also don't charge some of RE's fees. Eurostar fares are generally steepest on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Under 26 - then RE has a $45 one way fare - again unbeatable i think.
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Old Jan 26th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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Acctually, I price a one ticket from Paris to London on Eurostar.com. The price I got in GBP was 149. In Euros I got two different prices- 35 and 233.50. What should I do the time of the 35 Euro train will be okay for us and there is a big difference in price. Any suggestions? Thnaks
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Old Jan 26th, 2006, 03:26 PM
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35 Euros?, Are you sure?
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