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Trying to get train tickets for 3 people 5 trips including roundtrip Chunnal.

Twice I have entered all the information. Before I can purchase it shows one passenger listed twice another not listed AND it adds a France Italy Pass?? Not going to Italy. What do you suggest. It lists 3 countries, 6 cities: Paris, Bayeux, Tours, Lille, London, Paris Airport and ITALY. Appreciate any help as we leave in 3 weeks.

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Kzbeld, You haven't said what site you are using, or what trips you are trying to book.
For the "chunnal", I assume you mean the Eurostar trains from London to Paris or Brussels, which go via the Channel Tunnel. Book these on www.eurostar.com
For other trips, it is usually best to book on the website of the company running the trains, not on "it", whoever that is. Do not buy a pass unless you have worked out it will be cheaper for the trips you will be taking, Passes are usually more expensive that individual tickets, unless you are doing a lot of travel.

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I Just changed my 'it' to Rail Europe via Rick Steves website. I was given an Itinerary Order # that has now expired. Our trips are from Paris to Bayeux, Bayeux to Tours, Tours to Lille, Lille to London on Chunnel and return to Paris CDG Airport, all over a 21 day period. 2 seniors and 1 adult.

Hope this makes my problem a little clearer. Thank you.

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I think you should wait until Monday when RS staff will be in the office and can help you. Not to place any criticism on the fine people who sponsor this forum, but Raileurope is simply not the best place to buy tickets. You did not mention your complete itinerary, but while you wait for the RS office to open, you might try shopping prices at https://www.capitainetrain.com/en. They sell Eurostar, SNCF, DB tickets among others, always the best price (unlike Raileurope) and have great customer service.

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Kbzeld,
Paris to Bayeux, Bayeux to Tours, Tours to Lille: Look up times and prices and book on on https://www.capitainetrain.com
Lille to London use www.eurostar.com But, 3 weeks in advance, many of the cheap tickets will have sold out.
London to Charles de Gaulle airport, there are no direct services. You will need to go via Gare Du Nord in Paris. Use www.eurostar.com from London to Paris, then buy a ticket at Gare Du Nord for the RER (express suburban) train from there to the airport.
But, why don't you just buy an open jaw ticket and fly back direct from London?

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I am doing a similar trip. I bought my Eurostar tickets direct from Eurostar.

I have held off even looking at other tickets in France because I am not sure about how long it will take to make a connection from Eurostar to a train towards Bayeux.

I know you save a lot by booking Eurostar ahead. My other journey is Paris to Bayeux and back late the next evening. Should I try and commit to buying return tickets ahead of time or just show up and book in the moment?

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Thanks for the responses. I am not sure what an open jaw ticket is? My flight from the us to CDG roundtrip was cheaper than returning from London. If that is what you meant? I will look at captaintrain.com for sure. Our return to Paris CDG from London is to a hotel at the airport as we are all leaving for different us destinations the next day at different times.

I will also go direct to Eurostar to look at roundtrip Lille to London and London to Paris CDG. Thanks again.

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Open Jaw means flying into one airport and out of another, a 'Y' shaped flight, but still getting most of the discount for a return flight. For example XXX to Paris, and returning London to XXX.
It costs a little bit more, but you save the cost and time of getting from London to Paris.

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I am normally an advocate of using a plane between London and Paris connecting to/from a USA flight, but not so much in your case as you aren't making a through journey but staying overnight. Book the eurostar portion as soon as you can.

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Go to www.seat61.com and follow his advice on all train travel in France, and Europe for that matter. Avoid RailEurope and use the websites listed on seat61.com, no one else.

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227 posts

I agree with Chris F - we book with el capitaine when possible, never a problem.

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Thank you everyone for your advise. I did get our Eurostar tickets for the portion Lille to London and return. It was a good experience even though I had to do it twice.

I looked at the captaintrain.com site and checked the prices and they were so much higher than what I saw on rail europe. I am going to check seat61 today and see what I find.

Thanks again,
Kathy

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kbezold, Capitaine Train is usually as cheap as you can get, they have the same prices as SNCF, which actually runs the trains in France. But SNCF is not an easy site to use.
Prices are dependent on date. The further you book in advance the cheaper the prices are. Did you enter the same date in both websites?

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Thank you so much for sending me to the capitaine train for tickets. It worked just fine. Earlier I had gone to another similar site that was suggested and it was not so good. Going thru seat 61 to capitaine train was a very smart move. Thanks again! I am ready to go!