I will be taking the EUROSTAR train out of Paris thru the chunnel on Sunday Oct 1st. Do I need to buy my ticket in the US online or can I just go to the station in Paris and buy one? Any advantage to doing this ahead of time online?
Huge advantage to buying ahead of time, starting at 120 days before. To check this, go to eurostar.com and check prices for tomorrow and 4 months from now. If you don't want to be sneered at, by the way, call it the channel tunnel.
Go to the uk site to purchase tickets. It's much cheaper to buy your ticket in uk pounds than to buy tickets on the us site in dollars.
If possible, buy them the day tickets for your date go on sale. Prices are very reasonable well in advance and are MUCH higher last-minute. You can buy them online, reserve seats and print out your tickets at home. Very easy and way cheaper.
You might take a look at this site for lots of helpful information on European train travel, including the Eurostar:
I am just popping in to save this thread for me...... I maybe doing this for a future RS tour. Thanks.
Good info. Thanks
Also, with Eurostar, you have the option of printing out your ticket at home and/or putting it on your smartphone. I do both as a back up.
Yes, you'll save tons of money the further in advance you buy it (once your date goes on sale). You'll pay premium prices if you buy the day of.
Eurostar tickets sometimes go on sale as early as six months ahead, so I'd check now.
I'd suggest buying the tickets well in advance, as you may save some money. They tend to sell out quickly at some times of the year, so if you wait there may be few seats available. One point to note is that the discounted tickets are usually non-changeable and non-refundable, so double check your information before you hit "buy".
You can obtain lots of information on the EuroStar on the excellent Man In Seat 61 website.
One other important point is that you must check in for the EuroStar at least 30 minutes prior to departure, or you won't be riding. It's a good idea to leave lots of time for that as you'll have to go through airport-style security and clear Passport control before boarding the train.
By all means book ahead of time.
I've noticed that Friday's and Sunday's tend to be heavy travel days. Some trains can sell out.
I just bought tickets for early September. They were available 6 months months ahead of time. I would get them as soon as your date opens up. I bought mine from the Eurostar website. You can print out your ticket and/or get it downloaded to your phone.
All this info helped me too, thanks!
Thanks to everyone who posted answers on this topic. I am the original questioner. I just purchased my tickets. Everyone said to book in advance and my tickets were 25% of the cost of the ticket I could have purchased for a trip tomorrow! I also booked using the UK vs the USA version of the site. That seems to have saved me about $4 per ticket (US) which is about a 6% savings. However they charged 3 pounds ($3.74) for me to use my credit card (which does NOT charge additional fees for international transactions). My guess is that if I wanted to use that card on the US site I probably would also have to pay. Anyhow I learned a lot from your replies (including that this forum is great for getting travel info)!
Buy it now. My fiance and I are doing the chunnel to Paris in October......tickets in standard class were $150 US total for the both of us.
what's the chunnel?
A choo-choo that goes in a tunnel.
What about sites that sell a package? I saw one that sells autostart tickets that include a one hour serine river boat cruise and also a metro pass for Paris where a guide meets you across from the train station at a coffee shop at 5:30 am to give you your ticket vouchers is this legit?
What is an autostart ticket? No way would I purchase something and have a person "meet" me to hand me a piece of paper. Just don't do it. Take the advice of the experts that have already said to purchase directly from eurostar.com
Caroline, you should post your question in a new thread, and you should give us the specific website so we can see exactly what it is.
Caroline posted a version of this question here, though she still doesn't specify what site she's looking at. I agree that the prospect of picking up paper tickets from some guy in a coffee shop at 5:30 AM sounds very sketchy.
OMG how bizarre!!!!
Maybe I should start offering this "service" for a little extra cash on the side. ; p