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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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It's called SAPSAN, there are 7 trains in both directions Saint-Petersburg > Moscow and Moscow > Saint-Petersburg. Here is link to schedules (Google Translate) Prices are here (translation). There are business and economy class tickets available. The average journey is no longer than 4 hours in one direction. All trains serve every day except train 154 ...


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Officially, you are not supposed to / expected to give tips to anyone on the Indian Railways network. On most express or mail trains, these attendants used to be IRCTC employees, a public sector company but many of them are now being directly handled by the Indian Railways while on other routes, these are handled by private companies. Regardless of who ...


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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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First Class on the TGV means a wider seat, power sockets, less people (so a generally quieter environment), and that's about it. Standard Premier on the Eurostar is pretty much the same, except you get a small cold dish and a cold alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. The difference in price is more due to demand than the actual cost of the service. ...


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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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You can find information about train stations in France on the Gares en Mouvement (Stations in Motion) web site. The translation is somewhat haphazard. A left luggage facility is called a consigne (consigne automatique for automated lockers, or consigne manuelle if there's an attendant). In Paris Nord, there are both automated lockers (acessible as long as ...


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Book early. Most tickets can be bought up to 90 days in advance. Some tickets can be bought only on shorter notice, and some tickets on even longer notice. The cheapest rates get sold first, so you want to be the first to buy the ticket after it becomes available. Cheap domestic tickets (on any train) are called Sparpreis and exist in domestic and ...


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As Andra said, RER B (5stations) + Metro (3Stations) will be way faster than Ligne 4 all the way down. The thing is the interconnection Line 4 to the train can take you up to 10 minutes, moreover if you have lugages with you. But taking the line 6 from Denfert-Rochereau to Montpartnasse will save you this time, trains are at the first exit. Summary Gare Du ...


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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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It's available on some ICE routes, but not all. Cost wise there it's 4,95€ a day, though there's a small number of roaming partners with whom you can get online in standard class too (mostly T-Mobile Germany though) DB has a page that lists the current routes it's available on, and have a pdf map. I believe it's being slowly rolled out to more trains over ...


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You can buy a carnet of tickets (but not single tickets) from the buffet but there's a markup of around 10-20%. They normally mention the availability of the tickets in the PA announcements on the train. Sources: my own experience (March/April 2011), discussion in the comments, this webpage


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The Yamanashi Test Track has the experimental Maglev train. For fairly obvious reasons, they generally don't have passengers - although there's a practical section for it. Currently it's about 18.4km long and will become part of the Chūō Shinkansen connecting Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka - but at present it's being extended to 42.8km to be finished by ...


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I'm in the lounge now, so I can confirm that the Qype review is largely correct. The lounge is at the other side of the station from the main cross-concourse, so you either need to take the lift down from the south end of the Thalys platform, or walk down the westerly corridor and round the corner. If you take the southerly exit from the Eurostar platforms ...


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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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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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It turns out that the ever great Man in Seat 61 has a great page on changing trains in Lille that covers this very thing. If you really want to, you can take the Lille Metro between the two stations. It's just one stop, journey time measured in 10s of seconds, plus the wait for trains! If you have a through SNCF ticket, the metro connection is free, ...


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The Montparnasse-Bienvenüe metro station is practically two stations with a long corridor between them: lines 4 and 12 to the north, and lines 6 and 13 to the south. The train station is on the south side, so whenever you're boarding a train it's best to arrive by line 6 or 13. (Here line 4 is still faster if you're an average walker with no luggage, and you ...


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I would be very surprised if a non-SNCF machine would let you pick up the tickets, and I would doubt that there are any SNCF machines outside of France (apart from perhaps a few exceptions like the SNCF station in Basel). Unless you are really short of time you shouldn't find yourself queueing for long or at all. At the larger stations there are a number of ...


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I can only quote another travellers review from Qype, but I think the most imporant information is there: The Thalys lounge is open to 1st class passengers and to Cybelis members as well as to members of the German bahn.comfort program. If you have such a bahn.comfort card, you can bring a collegue, that neither needs a train ticket himself or be a ...


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There is indeed very little information about this online. A question asked prior to 2003 on the site 'www.h2.dion.ne.jp' (no longer online): Q: Do shinkansen trains have power outlet sockets for running laptop computers? A: Generally, no, although the latest 700 series trains running on JR West Hikari Rail Star services do have power outlet ...


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You are incorrect, cars are not numbered 1-8 and 11-18, they are numbered 1-8 or 11-18. From the webpage you link to: coach 1 to 8 or coach 11 to 18. On any given trip, the cars will be either 1-8 or 11-18. For the purposes of selecting a seat 1 and 11 are then the same as are 2 and 12 etc. As for the two numbers, it seems to have to do with the ...


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Whether you can get a refund on a ticket will depend on the fare conditions of that ticket. Your confirmation should make clear of these conditions and you'll have been made aware of them prior to purchase. If you booked a cheap advance fare by TER Corail (in the region of about £18-20) then this will likely be a non flexible meaning it's not refundable ...


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I've found the answer on the Eurostar website, which it turns out has detailed information on facilities in all their stations. In short, there are seats and vending machines, but nothing else - no lounge or shops. Checkin at Lille is the same as everywhere else, 30 minutes, or 10 minutes for Business Premier/Carte Blanche. (Ski services look to be special ...


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You can take the line 4 BUT exit directly and walk in the open air. It's not so long and doesn't have any stairs.


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Take the RER B and change to the M6 line at Denfert-Rochereau. This connection is much faster then the M4.


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Basically it boils down to the fact that Eurostar can move you between Paris and London, whereas TGV cannot. It's not about the “extra cost” of Eurostar versus TGV or what Eurostar comfort is worth as this is not a choice available to anybody. Speculating a bit, there are many things that might contribute to make Eurostar expensive: Use rights for the ...


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I've used the auto-lockers on this station without any problem. They are open the same time as station is (near all-around clock, with little interval at night) and you can use as you want (I've inserted all my luggage into one locker and saved some money, for example). Luggage room is on underground level, inside the station, so you don't need to move much ...


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As far as I could see, last year, when I was waiting for a TGV at Lille Europe station, an Eurostar train for Brussels called on the same platform I would board my train later. Doors opened, passengers got off then the train departed. In this part of the station like any other in France, the access is open; the usual Eurostar security checks are only for ...



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