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For some unknown reason the price of a ticket when travelling by Eurostar can vary depending on what you say your country of residence is.

If you follow these instructions you could make some savings on train fares with Eurostar. I can't see that this has been posted before but apologies if it has.

- Go to eurostar.com, enter "UK" as country of residence, check the fares
- close the Eurostar page
- now erase your cookies in Internet Explorer (in the "options" menu)
- go back to eurostar.com, select "Spain" as your country of reisdence. Compare the fares.

You will notice that Eurostar fares depend on your country of residence, and you'd better not say it is the UK/France/Belgium or you could be charged up to 30% more on a return ticket. There is no way for Eurostar to check your country of residence so you should not have any worries doing this.
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#1
interesting - thanks
#2
What about when you show your passport and the country of residence doesn't match what it says on your booking?
#3
BristolDeal
What about when you show your passport and the country of residence doesn't match what it says on your booking?


Apparently you are given a reference number to pick up the ticket. It doesn't therefore matter what nationality is shown on your passport.
#4
So has anyone actually tried this? Not sure I'd want to risk mucking up a holiday because of it!
#5
Works for the tunnel as well - I always use my Germany address and I always save over the UK price. Scumbags ripping us off.
#6
is the price difference to do with different percentage VAT?
#7
BristolDeal
So has anyone actually tried this? Not sure I'd want to risk mucking up a holiday because of it!


I have to confess that I've never actually tried this, although I've never used Eurostar or had the opportunity to. I would certainly give it a go. I suppose the fact that they ask for your country of residence rather than nationality is one thing in its favour. Even if you do show a different nationality on your passport you just say that you've been working in Germany / Spain etc... for the last year and therefore that country is your current residence (or, you've been living with Aunt Maud in Siberia). Not that they'll ask. The thing that gave creditibility to this for me was the fact that I first heard about it on the Radio 2 business news.
#8
Also, suppose you are travelled to UK as a holiday, but live in Spain... It is certainly possible that you would want to travel from the UK, despite actually living elsewhere.

I don't see any potential issues here. Voted hot, and added rep.
2 Likes #9
I haven't tried it on the eurostar website, but I have previously booked on the french SNCF website. You can book eurostar on it as well. Compared to the the UK SNCF website I got the ticket from Brest to Amsterdam at a much lower price. The Uk website quoted £62 and I paid Euro 51 on the French one. And I had a UK billing address and everything. Just chose to pick my ticket from a French Train station. You just go to a machine, type the booking in and ticket gets printed.

This is also true for National express/Eurolines bookings as I discoverd between Paris and Amsterdam. Another thing, if you book from the french websites and you are below 25 you get a special fare, even for buses, which you will not get on the UK websites.

Hope this helps..!!
#10
what a great tip
1 Like #11
I posted something similar last year but for one way tickets...

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/98417/eurostar-one-way-tickets/

I list my UK address but just change country to USA and have bought/travelled tix no prob

Also on some one way tickets I get the option of semi flexible tix when I have a USA profile set. when it is a UK country some tickets only display fully flexible when quite clearly semi flexible is available for USA !!
#12
andyroo;2159608
is the price difference to do with different percentage VAT?


Of course not, it's down to the fact that the British always pay more and nothing whatsoever to do with VAT.

Eurotunnel have to make the trip of coming to the UK as attractive as possible, whereas they know we have no other choice when getting to Europe quickly.
#13
Good post, can't see any problems arising. Slip of the mouse even, I doubt they are that thorough; wouldn't have the time to check everyones country matches. Heat and rep added!
#14
sicknote
Works for the tunnel as well - I always use my Germany address and I always save over the UK price. Scumbags ripping us off.


just checked out the tunnel prices and its the same if I use a uk or german address - how are you getting the saving?
#15
i have done this a number of times when hiring a car through the internet.
used the uk address - but stated country of residence as USA. often a lot cheaper.
#16
andyroo
is the price difference to do with different percentage VAT?

No German VAT is higher 19%. It is just another example of rip-off Britain.

I work in Germany and book my flights with AirBerlin, they are cheaper too if paid for in Euros than Pounds.
#17
sicknote
Of course not, it's down to the fact that the British always pay more and nothing whatsoever to do with VAT.

Eurotunnel have to make the trip of coming to the UK as attractive as possible, whereas they know we have no other choice when getting to Europe quickly.


Well I've alway moaned about the cost of living in the UK since living in the USA and Hong Kong but now that I live in Holland - the UK is a cheap as chips by comparison!

If I fly from Edinburgh to Amsterdam (return) it normally costs around 98 quid - fly the other way and you are looking at 266 Euro (double price).

Same goes for channel Ferry offers - there was one the other month for 15 quid return leaving from the UK... doing the same trip starting in France it was 45 quid each way...

The British might pay more for the Eurotunnel - something I have no experience of - but as for the other means of transport it isn't the case from my experience.. :x
#18
great tip, thanks!!
#19
This simlpy isn't allowed, its against EU law to discriminate (including price discrimination) on grounds of your nationality which this blatantly is........safe to say I'll be getting in touch with them over this
#20
I've noticed differences like this in the past on the Travelocity website.

I was flying to Amsterdam for a mate's stag do, and the UK site offered me tickets for £200, then I deleted the cookies, went to the US site, and the tickets cost £110 + £20 courier charge!
#21
is this being deceptive? lol - hot if it works with no come back!
#22
Isn't what they're doing completely illegal under EU law?

Apple certainly ran scared of taking the issue to court.

http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/eu-pressure-ends-itunes-price-unbalance/article-169446
#23
Isn't the difference in price gonna be something related the the VAT type taxes added in each country? In which case this is a tax scam?
#24
Useful info - thanks
#25
I actually heard about this a few months ago but never actually tried it. It would definately come in handy for me because I'm always on the Eurostar but when I go to Eurostar.com it automatically brings me in and doesn't give me the option of selecting my country of residence anymore. Does anyone know how to fix this?
#26
very interesting!

I've noticed that anything you buy on the Eurostar is much cheaper if you buy in pounds than it is in euros. They don't seem to have updated their euro pricing in a while!
#27
dubplate
very interesting!

I've noticed that anything you buy on the Eurostar is much cheaper if you buy in pounds than it is in euros. They don't seem to have updated their euro pricing in a while!


I noticed this also in the Disney store down near Dunkerque - if you paid in Sterling it was about half price!
#28
There was an article in the Independent about it

"Hola, compañero. Pour me una cerveza and slice the chorizo before I take my siesta: this week I have moved to Spain... Actually, that is not strictly true. What I have done this week is pretend to live in Spain. The idea is to save money – not by evading tax, but by circumventing the ludicrous fare rules on trains that go through the Channel Tunnel."
#29
dufus124
Isn't the difference in price gonna be something related the the VAT type taxes added in each country? In which case this is a tax scam?


I'm not sure if it is a tax scam or not in Holland but due to the cost of flights in Holland being taxed to death, one of my coworkers was telling me that some enterprising Dutch person was contracting coaches to take people out of Holland to surrounding countries airports to take advantage of the cheaper flights!

For me it's cheaper to fly from Brussels to Glasgow and pick up a rental car for the weekend (and still have money left over) than just taking a flight with KLM or Easy Jet from Amsterdam!
suspended#30
133 Euro from Japan site
163.50 Euro from Spain Site
UK version only £109 same as Japan really
#31
thesnowman86
This simlpy isn't allowed, its against EU law to discriminate (including price discrimination) on grounds of your nationality which this blatantly is........safe to say I'll be getting in touch with them over this


Its legal if not moral.

Companies are allowed to price differently to reflect different conditions in sovereign countries.

Go to france and you'll find electronics more expensive than here and there are pleny of other example. factors such as tax, duty, delivery, etc all are used to distort prices.

simply companies will charge what they can get for it in each country ( if you need another example see iphone)
#32
price for flights as this has been happenign for years

in the 80s A friend who went to the USA once a month for meetings use to get his tickets from UK to US arranged the other way round and saved a fortune ( don't know what he actually claimed back from his employer but knowing him he would have banked the difference )
#33
sleepycoyote
I actually heard about this a few months ago but never actually tried it. It would definately come in handy for me because I'm always on the Eurostar but when I go to Eurostar.com it automatically brings me in and doesn't give me the option of selecting my country of residence anymore. Does anyone know how to fix this?


When you put your username/password into the site these can become stored in your web browser
as a 'cookie'. You have to delete your cookies and then close/re-launch your browser to compare prices. see here:
http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=2

I havn't used the Eurostar site but it's a good bet you'd have to 'create' a new account to take advantage of this loophole! :x
#34
Ripoff Britain
#35
msharif911
No German VAT is higher 19%. It is just another example of rip-off Britain.

I work in Germany and book my flights with AirBerlin, they are cheaper too if paid for in Euros than Pounds.


Actually there is no VAT on travel in the UK. Maybe on coaches but def not on rail travel!

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