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Planning to speed through the Channel tunnel this fall or winter? Well, Cheapos, take note: Eurostar, the high-speed train connecting London, Paris and Brussels, has announced a Fall/Winter 2012 sale with second-class seats going for €39.50, one way.
* Travel between September 20 and December 19, 2012.
* Book your seats before September 21, 2012.
* One-way sale fare: €39.50.
We tested out the deal and sure, enough, found sale fares available for all of the Eurostar trains we searched.
Note: This sale fare is available on the SNCF Web site, which is in French. For those who don’t speak French, we offer this overview of booking a ticket, in French, on the SNCF site. Don’t want to deal with French? Keep reading…
On the SNCF site, we tested with an 8:43 a.m. Eurostar on October 17, from Paris to London, returning on October 24 at 2:01 p.m. One-way fares were €39.50 ($50 USD). Total price: €79 ($100 USD).
For readers not up for the French challenge, similar, although slightly more expensive fares are offered, in English, on the Eurostar Web site. The same trains are available for $57 USD, with the round-trip totaling $114 USD.
Given that standard one-way fares on the Eurostar start at €50, this is a solid deal, even if you book in English on the Eurostar Web site.
If you were planning on taking the Eurostar this fall or early winter, book your seats now before the sale ends.