Hey everyone, i am plannign a trip next month to paris, for the football game between england and france. I live in england and have already booked the ferry from dover to calais, but i was wondering, because in new to this! is there a website to book a return train from calasis to paris, and how far is the train station from the docks at calasis? thanks very much for your help!
Not sure about where the station is in Calais - you can book your tickets at this website however.
Thanks very much! appreciate it
There is a bus from the station which meets the ferries arrivals. It used to be free, but sadly now costs (was 1.50euros). The terminal is out of town, and not really walkabale unless you have lots of time, know where you are going, and don't object to walking through industrial/dock areas without any signs. I've done in the past, but don't advise it unless you know the town. The bus drops you at the station (normally the second stop, but check with driver). The bus comes under a bridge, turns left alongside the station and stops so you should see it. You want to allow an hour between ferry arriving and train leaving, just in case.
Frustratingly, SNCF - French railways - have been going out of their way in recent years to make it as difficult as possible for people to travel by train-ferry from London to Paris (or, indeed, Calais to Paris), and as such, there are now very few connections - and they don't really connect - and as they have scrapped the old through fare (used by be 29gbp) it will generally cost you more than by Eurostar booked in advance.
The only direct Calais-Paris train these days leaves about 12.30ish? and is a TGV (meaning more expensive and compulsary reservation, which if you miss your train can feck you up). With connections in Calais-Frethun, Hazebruck or Lille Flandres onto a TGV, there are a number of departures from Calais. Note that if your train leaves from Calais Frethun (not Calais Ville), that this is a station in a field on the edge of town, so you either need to get a train (infrequent, normally heading to Boulogne, or sometimes, Amiens) out there or taxi it which will cost you a chunk of cash.
For cheaper connections (eg, non TGV services), it will take you at least 2hours longer - though, it's a shorter jny in distance terms - and you will have to change in either Boulougne Ville or Amiens, or sometimes both. there are a couple of other places it might suggest you connect, but i would strongly suggest you ignore them,as if that goes wrong, you will be utterly screwed.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 15, 2008, at 8:33 AM by Gelli ]
If you can get a refund on your ferry ticket, you can just book a budget flight to Paris and avoid all the hassle.
There is actually more than one fast train a day from Calais to Paris. (And quite a few if you change at Lille.) But don't forget that it's from Calais Frethun, which is miles out of town. A taxi would cost nearly as much as a budget flight from London to Paris. An easier alternative is to take a regional train from Calais-Ville to Lille and a fast train from there - the journey might take 160 minutes or so. Seat 61 would have more info: http://www.seat61.com/London-Paris-ferry.htm.
It may not be helpful advice, but it is far better to fly or take Eurostar from London.
There is actually more than one fast train a day from Calais to Paris. (And quite a few if you change at Lille.) But don't forget that it's from Calais Frethun, which is miles out of town
Sorry, yes, i should have said that. Despite the fact it is called Calais-Frethun, i don't count it as Calais as it is waay out of town and can be a real arse to get to (especially when going for a connection).
Buy including Frethun as Calais, You gain, i think, 5 trains extra fast trains a day from Frethun to Paris, though 2 of these are far too early to be of use if you are coming across on the ferry the same day. 2 of the remaining 3 are Eurostars, and frustratingly, it is not always possible to buy Frethun-Paris tickets on Eurostar. The website doesn't allow it, and even at Frethun station, it is not a certainty, sadly.