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I do recall Paris metro tickets being available on the Eurostar and at the information desk in London, but that was a few years ago and may well no longer be true. The price is rather more expensive than if you get them in Paris. There generally isn't that much of a queue in Paris Nord, especially outside peak hour. This is one of Paris's busiest stations ...


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Price discrimination. Eurotunnel has figured out that there are different markets for different types of stays, who will pay different amounts, so they set prices accordingly. See also: Why are plane tickets more expensive if they don't include a weekend? And Wikipedia goes into this in detail: Price discrimination


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There are three main ferry routes to the Isle of Wight: Portsmouth-Ryde, Lymington-Yarmouth and Southampton-Cowes. Depending on where you want to go on the Island, that may be your biggest decider For all 3, you need to get to London Waterloo station to take the train. That isn't actually too bad though. From St Pancras, follow the signs to the underground ...


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There is a minimum checkin time for Eurostar trains, which is generally 30 minutes before departure (see below for details), but it does vary. Before listing the times, it's worth thinking a little bit about how the Eurostar checkin process works, as that explains why it is as it is. When you get to the station, you need to checkin with your ticket, either ...


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No. To go between France and the UK by train, you need to cross the Channel Tunnel. Only three types of trains cross the Channel tunnel: Eurostar high-speed trains carrying passengers Eurotunnel shuttles carrying vehicles Freight trains The Tunnel will soon open to competition, but the other competitors are likely to be high-speed trains heading to other ...


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The Eurostar rules for what is prohibited cover the case of knives Carriage Prohibited: Flick knives/gravity knives, lock knives and daggers, any knives with a blade over 3 inches/75mm in length (note that standard folding knives with a blade no greater than 3 inches/75mm long are permitted to be carried). So, you'll need to measure the blade on your ...


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It does depend what ticket you have, and who you're with. If you are delayed on another RailTeam service, the ‘Hop on the next available train’ (HOTNAT) feature means that you may not even need to rebook (depends on the station), but if you do it'll be easy. (Keep the ticket from the delayed service though!) If you bought a domestic ticket that included ...


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Updated As of May 2014, it works in both directions now! As this edit demonstrates, from somewhere under the channel :) Yes, you can! But currently until very recently, it was only in one direction... As detailed in this IET article from July 2012, Eurotunnel (who own the tunnel) have fitted leaky feeder aerials, base stations and repeaters to both ...


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You can buy a single ticket or a carnet of 10 tickets from the buffet. In 2013 there was a markup of around 10-20% and they only had carnets available. As of September 2015, the markup was around 50% (£15 @ 1.37EUR/pound, compared to €14.10 in Paris). They were also selling single tickets at about a 20% markup (£1.60 each - €1.80 in Paris). They sometimes ...


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Yes of course!, you need a Schengen visa. The UK is not a part of the Schengen Area despite being a member of the European Union. Ireland shares the same opinion as the UK due to the Common Travel Area agreement between both. Thus, having a UK visa is not enough to travel to the Schengen Area and vice versa. You will still need to apply for a Schengen visa ...


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TL;DR - These appear to only be bookable on the website, and must be booked more than 1.5 days before departure, but are a fixed amount as shown in the screenshot . These tickets are a little bit special, in many ways, and seem to be rather difficult to actually book. The prices are given on the Eurostar Belgian website (but not most of the other Eurostar ...


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The Eurostar arrives at London Kings Cross/St. Pancras. From there you can catch the midland main line (to Sheffield) or the east coast main line (to Newcastle and Edinburgh). If you wanted to go to Manchester you'd need to take the West coast main line from Euston (a 9 minute tube ride away). As long as you don't mind changing trains, the Eurostar is a ...


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I'm afraid not. Eurostar's ticketing rules forbid this. From their FAQ: Can I board the Eurostar from a different station? (…) For journeys from the Continent to the UK, you will only be able to board the train from the station indicated on your ticket. Starting from the UK, if you have a ticket from London, and your train calls at Ebbsfleet ...


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The controlling reference point for your question is the Juxtaposed Controls Agreement between the UK, Belgium, and France. This is the legal framework that allows French border police to operate at ports and various other departure points in the UK. The French border police act on behalf of Belgium. The part relevant to your question is... As a ...


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If you read French / have google translate handy, you can find the information you seek on the SNCF Stations page for Gare du Nord here. It even includes a photo! The key bit is: Localisation Station de taxis sur le parvis de la gare -> Cour des taxis Rue de Dunkerque The taxi rank is located near the Eurostar platforms, at the South West corner ...


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Following on from Grzenio's answer From Portsmouth there are 3 ways to get to the Isle of Wight, the easiest is the WightLink FastCat, the terminal for this is at the end of the platform at Portsmouth Harbour station where most Portsmouth bound trains terminate. This goes to Ryde Pier and takes around 22 minutes. There is also a WightLink car ferry that ...


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No. The UK is not in the Schengen area (area without border checks) so you need a passport: Can I use my driving licence as an ID document at the border? NO - A driving licence isn't a travel document. You'll need a valid national identity card or passport. FAQs - Travel documents for EU nationals (NB: a UK driving licence is not the same thing ...


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Yes, you can receive phone signals. Not because of good antenna design (a thick concrete wall can stop a phone signal, you have no chance through vast amounts of rock and seawater) but because they have installed repeaters the length of the Chunnel. Interestingly, it appears British phone users are being charged more than French to use the phone while in ...


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Other answers have detailed what is going on with these tickets, let me explain why. These tickets are strange because of the so-called "Lille Loophole". Passengers from Brussels to Lille are making an cross-border intra-Schengen journey and therefore do not have to show their passport to travel. This means that people who are not entitled to travel to the ...


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You can use a combination of "classical" trains and ferry. Take a local train from Lille to Calais. Walk or take a taxi to the ferry terminal. Cross the channel by ferry to Dover. Take a bus from the ferry terminal to the train station. Take a train to London (plenty of options). A detailed description with up-to date information is available here: ...


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If you're strictly seeking to minimise the number of changes at the expense of flexibility, and the ferry options from Portsmouth detailed elsewhere sound most suitable, then you can do it without using the tube at all - St Pancras to East Croydon (or Gatwick Airport), and then from there on to Portsmouth. This will be somewhat slower than going via Waterloo ...


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Regular tickets to Brussels bought in the Benelux (i.e. not the special Thalys, Eurostar, etc. international tickets) are typically marked as “Zone Bruxelles”. The English-language version only has a definition but the French-language website of the Belgian railways lists the following stations as part of the “Brussels zone”: Berchem-Ste-Agathe, ...


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Edit: on closer inspection (thanks Krist van Besien for the seat61 link) it seems that sadly, the only practical options really are coach with ID or Eurolines (cheap, £20-£50ish depending on advance booking, but 5hr+), or Eurostar. Train > Ferry > Train Many possible routes, here's the fastest: High speed train from St Pancreas to Dover: around 1hr ...


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There's a lot of handy info on the Seat61.com InterRail Pass page about this. Interestingly, much of it isn't positive about the InterRail discounted tickets... A couple of key bits to pull out (but you'll really want to go and read the whole thing!) Eurostar isn't covered .... The best and cheapest option is usually to forget your pass and buy a ...


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By train it's 21 minutes and currently costs €7.70 (one way). You can check the time tables, and even buy tickets online on Belgian Railways web site. You can also directly choose Any Belgian Station option when buying Eurostar ticket, which seems to be €7.50 surcharge (for one way). How it works: Travelling to other Belgian stations The fares on ...


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This ticket gives you 24 hours, after the arrival in Brussels, to reach your final destination in Belgium. You cannot use it for roaming across the country. A word to the wise: I am not a professional translator, but it seems to me that there may be an ambiguity between the English, Dutch and French versions of the "conditions of carriage". In the Dutch and ...


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Traditionally it's so that people can drive across for the day to load up on cheap booze in Calais, either for themselves or (illegally) for resale. That's been a source of business for the tunnel and ferry operators for many years. (People on day shopping trips are highly price sensitive as they're only making the trip in order to make money on the tax ...


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I don't know what your question is, if you want to commute on Lille-Bruxelles or if you want to commute on the Eurostar. For Eurostar, most likely I would say this is not the case. On the SNCF page for commuters, while there is a link to actual commuter pages for other trains like TGVs and Thalys, there is no such thing for Eurostar, just a link to the ...


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Contrary to your statement, you can add the number during the booking process. When you book from SNCB you can tick Loyalty cards. In the second step you can then add the Eurostar Frequent Traveller number: I know this doesn't help you anymore since you already booked it, but this is how you can add your frequent traveller number.


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Road, train or sea travel is supposed to be handled exactly in the same way than air travel, with a border check when entering the Schengen area. As an Indian citizen, you will therefore need to have a Schengen visa and to have your passport stamped. In any case, finding a way into the area (say over some mountain road, with a private craft, or something) ...



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