Economical Fares On Trains And Planes

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 9th May 2014


I long ago resigned myself to the fact that I never get one of those fares advertised as FROM £? and always have to pay far more than the cheapies advertised.

However this is one I simply do not understand. I often use Eurostar to Paris and have never managed to get a cheap fare. This week I received an invitation to a rather prestigious event in Paris in June. I immediately attempted to book Eurostar on line. As usual I was having no luck so phoned a ‘real person’ and they are very good and helpful at Eurostar. I nearly fell off my seat when the woman told me my Eurostar return from Ashford would be £269 Economy. She looked for alternatives and finally came up with a deal which would save me £100 and that was to catch the early train at 6.24 from Ashford (an early rise at 4.00 am) and to return the next day three hours earlier than I wished. Not being awash with money I accepted this option.

But what really hurt was when my friend Ian – also invited to the event – told me that for himself and his wife travelling from York to London and then onto Paris by Eurostar, their tickets cost £140 return – how on earth can that be??????

I have regularly paid full and eye watering fares on Airlines only to find myself sitting next to someone who has paid half that. So if anyone can impart the secret I’d be immensely grateful.

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