The Eurostar has always been an excellent way to travel from the UK to the likes of France and Belgium. The train heads out from London St Pancras and speedily makes its way over to mainland Europe.
For a long time, people have preferred to get the train rather than a flight as getting through security and border force at the station takes much less time. Nobody likes turning up three hours ahead of an early flight!
But, in recent months the cost of a Eurostar ticket from London to Paris has seemingly been more expensive than a plane journey. During big events like the Trans-European Race one-way seats went for as much as £325, reports the Independent.
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Midweek a normal ticket was between £149 and £218 – on the same day a flight from Gatwick to Paris was reportedly below £100.
Now, prices always go up when demand is high. Plus, post-Brexit passport requirements slow down the process as Brits heading to France must have their passports examined and stamped – meaning the trains’ capacity is possibly capped.
However, it appears that prices are set to go down again making the Eurostar once again a good holiday option. Eurostar chief executive Gwendoline Cazenave told the Independent: "We still have trains that we cap to make the travel experience OK and to make sure that trains are on time, but it’s much less."
This is because eGates and more staff can process more holidaymakers, reports state. She added: "The first, really important thing – and I am really committed on this – is that our lead-in prices have not moved.
"London-Paris, it’s still £39. I really don’t want to raise our lead-in fares. Our costs are increased, energy costs have been multiplied by three. So yes, we have profitability issues, but we really want to keep these lead-in prices."
To find Eurostar tickets on the website it can take ages to search the various days you’re available to travel. Luckily, there’s a trick that makes it easier.
You can find a "lowest fares" button on eurostar.com which will show all the £39-each-way tickets in September and later in the year. However, to see them online you will need to be booking a return trip.
As the peak holiday season fades away there will likely be a number of promotional fares too both on the Eurostar and connecting the service to other railways in Europe.
There's plenty to do in Paris from touring the Emily in Paris filming locations to spotting the Eiffel Tower and visiting the Louvre. Plus, of course you can get the train to Disneyland and stay in the all new Marvel Hotel.
But, Paris isn't the only destination on the railway. You can head over to Lille in just 82 minutes and tuck into French food and beer, visit art and natural history museums, a zoo and bustling markets.
Brussels opens up the whole of Belgium before you which is filled with ancient citadels and towering cathedrals to all-night parties, a thriving café culture and museums. Plus, waffles and beer of course.
Finally, you can explore Rotterdam or Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Just be aware of the new rules surrounding cannabis and the red light district as Amsterdam has asked British men to "stay away".
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