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London to Paris: Flying vs Eurostar

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1. Posted by javawhz (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Searching BMI Baby I found a fare from London Heathrow to Paris CDG for about $70 or so inclusive of all taxes. The same fare on the Eurostar site is 150 pounds ($261 + taxes) which seems ridiculously expensive. Is this accurate?

Who has the cheapest fare on Eurostar between London and Paris? What are the disadvantages of flying vs going by Eurostar? I am going one way btw.

2. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 10y

The pricing sounds about right. The advantages of the Eurorail are that you leave downtown London and end up in downtown Paris whereas the airports are on the cities outskirts. (So you're still going to pay for some sort of transportation to get you into the city center).
Also, with the Eurostar it's not like you have to check in 2 hours ahead of time and hope your flight's on time.

That being said, it will still cost you less flying and since you are going one way, you only have to deal with the airport issue once.
I guess you have to decide if the "experience" of the Eurostar is worth the extra cash.

3. Posted by le_ffrench (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

Also make sure that the flight really lands at Charles de Gaulle airport. Many discount flights land at Beauvais, which is at about 70 km north of Paris and far less practical.

There are apparently special offers on eurostar currently, but maybe they are available only in France. The latest deals section of the website does not seem to contain the same offers in the English part.

4. Posted by kooka (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Its much cheaper if you also have a Eurail, Inter-rail or Britrail pass. The Eurostar is certainly more convenient and pleasant than flying, and quicker once you factor in airport waiting times and delays at each end, and how much of each day you lose out of your holiday! Also, factor in the price of getting to and from the airports with the airfare price.

5. Posted by javawhz (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Thanks, I bought the ticket through RailEurope.com for $120 :)

6. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

My Eurostar ticket the only time I've used it was £40 London - Paris, that was a concession for being under 26 I believe but I didn't think it got that expensive.

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