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I want to get the train this year, and I'm looking at the train times right now and there only seem to be 2 trains back from Paris on Saturday 26th Feb. That surely can't be right, can it? Or should I assume that all the other services are fully booked??!?
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All their schedules are still running well below normal with no trains stopping at either Ashford or Ebsfleet still.

Will probably come back I would have thought as travel picks up.

Train I was on today was busy, not surprising when you consider there is still very limited flight capacity ex Gatwick to Paris.
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There is something called a pandemic on Smile , so with much lower demand, Eurostar are only running about 4 or 5 trains a day to/from Paris. Entirely feasible that on a half-term weekend 2 or 3 of those are fully-booked. If demand returns to pre-Covid levels before then I would expect them to add some more services
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I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your query. I would check with Eurostar.

If there are better train options back on Sunday I'd recommend staying Saturday night at Novotel Gare de Lyon. You could then see a sight in Paris on Saturday afternoon.
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Eurostar recently added more services per day up to November or December - from 2 to 5 per day I think (still a fraction of normal of course). I'd expect that more will appear nearer the time.
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@Timmycb5, i was tempted to get the train for a solo xmas trip to the 3v's, but although i could book the (albeit limited service) eurostar, the TGV to moutiers was unable to book when i looked last week.

in the end I had to settle on flying, if the train costs were the same as the current timetable, flying and transfer slightly cheaper than the train. i mentioned it on another thread, that if environmentally transport is to be encouraged, it should be made easy to book in advance, with at least similar costs!!!
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Thanks for the responses everyone.

@Weathercam, that makes sense. Hope it picks back up!

@ecureuil, pan-what? Never heard of it.

@PaulO78, hope so. If not I think I will got for @snowymum, recommendations of staying over and getting a Sunday train. My teenage daughters will be delighted to spend an afternoon and evening in Paris.

@terrygasson, couldn’t agree with you more. It’s seems insane to me that air fares are cheaper than train fares.
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@terrygasson it seems the TGV are late to open their books. I’m looking for Jan and having to use early December to give an indication of what’s available.

The issue I’ve found is theres no late afternoon return from Paris on a Saturday. So we may need an overnight stay in Paris.

Or we will probably drive as the cost of transfers from Geneva are madness Puzzled
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For those travelling down to London from elsewhere, is it better to arrive in London the night before and stay overnight, travelling down to resort via Paris in one day - or take an extra day and do the trip through London to Paris and stop there overnight? An 8am train from ST Pancras would see in in Bourg St Maurice at 18:46, which is a pretty long day - though at least we'd be fairly comfortably seated

Going home is not as critical so I might be tempted to overnight in Paris rather than London

Also, how easy is it to get from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon with bags / boots / skis? I know how to get from Euston to St Pancras, though that's a walk from A to B with all those things...
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@nbt, answering your first question, about whether to overnight in London before catching Eurostar (hereafter E*) - the answer is, it depends…

I’ve started many train trips into Europe from Edinburgh and also Manchester for work and for fun; mostly I’ve not stayed in London. eg, Edin/ Manc to Berlin, Hamburg, Nurnberg, Nimes etc is fine in a day, or Edin-Brussels-Cologne for the sleeper to Innsbruck; caveat these are based pre-covid timetables.

Of course some destinations require an early start from London which makes an overnight there inevitable.

The things you need to decide are (1) what train you want from Paris/ Brussels to your ultimate destination, (2) how much connection time to allow in Paris/ Brussels, (3) what E* you need to be on to allow that connection, and thus (4) what time you need to arrive in London to checkin for that E*.

Starting from Edin I’d aim for c60 mins connection time in London (ie between scheduled arrival into KingsX/ Euston and last checkin for my E* at St Pancras); sometimes up to 90 mins feels a bit more comfortable. Starting from Manc I’d be more relaxed with less than 60 mins.

NB, however I always try to get a CIV-protected ticket for the journey within UK to London (you need to specify London International CIV as your destination, not Euston or Kings X or St Pancras) - CIV means that in the event of a delayed train and missed connection, you’re covered to be put on the next available train or accommodated for the night, an agreement which applies across different train operators and countries. It also often means you can get a cheaper ticket for the UK domestic leg (eg Manc-London) than you’d usually expect. Check out the useful guidance on this here (option 3) - https://www.seat61.com/european-travel-from-uk-regions.htm

Happy travelling Happy


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Indeed!!

We’ve done it twice, but got the train from Ebbsfleet which is so easy for us. That options now gone.

The journey was so easy. Buck’s Fizz, croissants and coffee on the morning journey. Top tip was to get 4 metro tickets from the restaurant car on the train. Paid a few cents more, but tickets were in our hands and no juggling machines at Gare du Nord.

2 stops on the RER.

Grabbed sandwiches and drinks at Gare du Lyon for lunch, and was in resort for supper (yes eating is important!!)

Played cards, read a book, stretched legs and slept. And way more room to stretch out than on a plane.

Took us longer to walk to the right platforms in gare du Nord and gare du Lyon than anything else. But we have roller cases and no skis to carry.

100% favourite transport option. But Ebbsfleet is not open so thinking we can do it on the 10:42 Eurostar and arrive a bit later in resort.
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@inboard, thanks for that. I've used eurostar a lot in the past, but I lived in London then (an itwas at Waterloo!) and was only going to Paris. This (if it comes off) would be a bigger journey
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@nbt, sorry - just spotted your earlier detail about 0800 from St Pancras to BSM! I’d think that was a strong contender for overnight in London; is it even possible to get to St Pancras from Manc before 0730? I can recommend the Holiday inn places - I think a Hub and/ or Express - which are just around the side of St Pancras, if you just need somewhere clean, close by, and reasonably priced to rest your head for the night.

@Lucywuk, definitely second your emphasis on the importance of (boozy) train picnics Very Happy Laughing
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is it even possible to get to St Pancras from Manc before 0730?


I doubt it! it would be Friday evening down to London, then onwward across France on Saturday, or take Friday off work and get down to Paris. Dates not available yet, in any case - I could book outbound tickets on 11 Dec but the return leg has not been released (on SNCF site)
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Lucywuk wrote:
@terrygasson it seems the TGV are late to open their books. I’m looking for Jan and having to use early December to give an indication of what’s available.

The issue I’ve found is theres no late afternoon return from Paris on a Saturday. So we may need an overnight stay in Paris.

Or we will probably drive as the cost of transfers from Geneva are madness Puzzled


I’m coming up with the same problem. Travelling to Oulx, it looks like we’ll have a 3 hour lunch in Paris and an overnighted on the way back. Not ideal.

I’d hope that Eurostar put on more flights, but I’m getting nervous.
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Hmm 3 hour lunch in Paris. Didn’t think of that positive!!
There’s a beautiful restaurant at Gare de Lyon that I’ve never had time to try.
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If you fancy stretching your legs for 20 mins, try here Chez Janou

https://maps.app.goo.gl/tgbFtQZTdone45k3A

It's awesome.
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Klamm Franzer wrote:
If you fancy stretching your legs for 20 mins, try here Chez Janou

https://maps.app.goo.gl/tgbFtQZTdone45k3A

It's awesome.


Looks lovely. But the point is making it easy so I think closest is best.
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@Inboard, thanks for that great link. When we lived in or near London we took Eurostar several times (either direct or change in Paris) but not so easy now. However as a couple of relative leisure nowadays we do need to look at either finding a hotel near Kings Cross/St Pancras (and taking in a show) or in Paris (for a meal out). Tough from Yorkshire in a day.
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