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


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.

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.