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Does anyone have any experience with Eurostar? I was thinking of driving over to the UK at some point and was wondering if anyone has already done it? How much did you pay? Where would be the best place to board if driving from Basel?
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Re: Eurostar

If you are driving over you need 'Le Shuttle' not Eurostar.

I have used Eurostar several times and would use it all the time if the prices were comparable with the budget airlines.

If you are travelling by Eurostar and TGV from UK to Switzerland your final destination will determine the ease of your crossing of Paris.

If you change from Gare du Nord to Gare de L'Est it is very easy. If you change from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon it involves a crossing of Paris (not always a simple job).

Depending on where you live, and are travelling to, in relation to airports and stations it can work out quicker by train as check in time is much less and you don't have to wait for baggage arrival. You also don't have the baggage restrictions.

This site is a good starting place: http://www.seat61.com/Europe.htm
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Re: Eurostar

I thuink the OP means EuroTunnel, not the Eurostar.
Which means you drive on to the train at the terminal near Calais- no other boarding points this side of the channel. It's about a 6 hour drive to the terminal from Basel taking the most direct route through France.
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Re: Eurostar

...and its brilliant. Would never bother with all that ferry pfaff again after using this.
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Re: Eurostar

Yep, I mean't the EuroTunnel. Cheers for the info!
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Re: Eurostar

If you have kids in the car on the way back to the UK, I would choose the ferry everytime, good break, food and a place out of the car. After 10 hours in the car a break is needed, however if I were on my own I would take the tunnel.
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If you have kids in the car on the way back to the UK, I would choose the ferry everytime, good break, food and a place out of the car. After 10 hours in the car a break is needed, however if I were on my own I would take the tunnel.
Ferry is the cheapest and more fun for the kids.

I remember when we used to go on holiday from the UK to Italy and watching the cliffs of Dover fading away as you left Dover or Folkestone making you realise you were leaving the UK on your holiday.

Here is a web site for cheap ferry crossings:
http://www.ferrycheap.com/index.asp?op=NFL
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Re: Eurostar

EuroTunnel is really good if you want to drive on get over the channel and drive off again. I.e. Stay with your car, not go to duty free etc, etc. Then it is quick.

If however you want to have a break, eat something, possibly pick up some duty free etc, then the whole faff will take you just as long as the ferry.

I haven't done the trip for a couple of years now, but I took the Ferry 9 times out of 10 as I like the break and it was a lot cheaper at the time.

Once I was in a hurry and I managed to do the EuroTunnel thing in well under an hour and once I was there at peak time and the Ferry would have been quicker and it cost a fortune.

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