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Staying in Central London what pass to use

  • 10 November 2023
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Good Morning,

We are a family of 4 living in London.  We using London as our hub as I need to back in the city for work during the week. So we doing trips Friday through Sunday to different Countries.  Are we able to use a Monthly Pass and travel from London to multiple cities. Of course we’ll pick a pass which allows us to access the countries we want to go to. Example would be;

Week 1 London to Paris back to London

Week 2 London to Brussels  back to London

Week 3 London to Amsterdam back to London

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Best answer by ralderton 10 November 2023, 10:43

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If you’re just doing return trips to these cities, a rail pass is unlikely to be the best value.

A return ticket on the Eurostar starts at £78, or even £58 in a sale, although you won’t find these prices on peak Frida/Sunday trains.

With a pass, you’d have to buy seat reservations on Eurostar costing €30 each way, on top of the cost of the pass.

Additionally, if you’re a UK resident, you’d be limited to only 2 days travelling in the UK (and the Eurostar counts as UK) per pass. (You should check here to see if you need a Eurail or Interrail pass. If you can get a Eurail pass, then the 2 day limit won’t apply to you.)

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If the children are under 12, they get a free railpass when you buy an adult pass, but they still have to pay the €30 seat reservation fee.

If I were you, I’d look at the low fare finder on the Eurostar website, and see what prices you get for the weekends you’re looking at.

https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/find-lowest-fares

Compare this with the cost of the passes + seat reservations. And bear in mind that the seat reservations for passholders are limited availability - you might not find them on the peak Friday and Sunday trains.

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As you seem to live in the UK, you can only travel on a maximum of 2 travel days in the UK. This includes travels with the Eurostar. 

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