New Direct Fast Train Link to South of France in less than 5 Hours from SNCF for £44
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New Direct Fast Train Link to South of France in less than 5 Hours from SNCF for £44

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Found 2nd Apr 2016
Direct London to Lyon less than 5 hours as fast as the plane really

£44 each way and you can take your bike

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Also Avignon and Marseille on same line

Great for Non car drivers, Skiers and People who don't like flying!!!

Also with the Euro Football championship coming up the flights will be pricey.

Service runs on Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun depending on the season(3)
Depart London at 7h15 or 7h19. See time schedule below
Direct outbound service, indirect inbound services via Lille Europe*
Standard & Standard Premier class available
Access from Lyon to French ski resorts in winter - Les Deux Alpes, Alpes d'Huez and Chamrousse (4)
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lol fast as the plane
5 Hrs . That's 4 hrs stuck at the border looking for stowaways abd 1 hr travelling time. We used to travel to France and Italy regularly via Tunnel but all border issues completely put us off especially to France. Italy love it - but would fly
and you can take your bike
pnaylor39

5 Hrs . That's 4 hrs stuck at the border looking for stowaways abd 1 hr … 5 Hrs . That's 4 hrs stuck at the border looking for stowaways abd 1 hr travelling time. We used to travel to France and Italy regularly via Tunnel but all border issues completely put us off especially to France. Italy love it - but would fly


Think you are somehow muddled or drunk.
The statistics on delayed flights to Europe and delayed train links to europe speak for themselves.
This is not driving to France. This is sitting in comfort with a G @ T or better in hand watching the lovely European countryside wash by instead of the hassle at the airport that you obviously masochistically enjoy.
Why not fly to Egypt!!!
its a great way to get to the south of France, but once that train gets up to spread its more of a blur than a view
Thanks Op.

Very early (limited) travel times, and Title should include "Single fare" maybe.

Yeah but it costs an arm and leg to travel on UK trains. Remember privatisation is great for customers.
goldengirlz

Thanks Op.Very early (limited) travel times, and Title should include … Thanks Op.Very early (limited) travel times, and Title should include "Single fare" maybe.


Fair comment but think the route will open up it very new
This has also put price pressure on the other journeys with a short change in Paris
Some of those can even be cheaper but about an hour longer
What we want is hassle fee holidays cheaply.

Still not bad though
Great for people who are afraid of flying and can't drive.

Well found.
Can you take pets (e.g. Dog)?
DemonIT

Can you take pets (e.g. Dog)?


I think so but obviously with a passport
bullerbug

and you can take your bike



​Yes, I've booked for valentines, but please don't be so derogatory about my missus!
Heated.
jaycrooks

I think so but obviously with a passport



That's a shame. I can't get my bloody Alsatian to sit still in the photo booth.
"and you can take your bike" assume you mean pedal cycle?
trojan34

lol fast as the plane


Might not be far off once you consider everything that's not the actual travel time. Assuming no delays the train takes 4 hours 40 minutes and you need to allow 1 hour to check-in, total 5:40. On arrival you're already in the city centre and there's no passport control as that's all done at the departure station.

The plane has a 2 hour check-in, 1 hour 45 minute flight time, say a realistic 45 minutes from landing to leaving customs / baggage claim and another 30 for a taxi ride into town, total 5:00. Those 40 minutes 'saved' could easily get eaten up in travel time to and from the airport (depending on where you live relative to train station / airport of course) as well as slower departure from the aircraft or transport problems to the city centre in Lyon. Assuming all services ran to time for both journey types suspect it would be pretty damn close.

Plus I'd take Eurostar over being squeezed into a typical cattle class seat any day. Heck, if you got lucky with pricing you can probably go in premium seating on Eurostar for about what you'd pay for a normal BA ticket.
Peelerfart

"and you can take your bike" assume you mean pedal cycle?


I know the issues have been confused but I think you can put your bike on the train that you can ride as much as you like (_;) I fell like we are drifting into a "carry on movie" !!!
bullerbug

and you can take your bike


Brilliant! Just get a single and cycle back
jaycrooks

I know the issues have been confused but I think you can put your bike on … I know the issues have been confused but I think you can put your bike on the train that you can ride as much as you like (_;) I fell like we are drifting into a "carry on movie" !!!



​oooh matron!! no I meant motorcycles
BOFH_UK

Might not be far off once you consider everything that's not the actual … Might not be far off once you consider everything that's not the actual travel time. Assuming no delays the train takes 4 hours 40 minutes and you need to allow 1 hour to check-in, total 5:40. On arrival you're already in the city centre and there's no passport control as that's all done at the departure station.The plane has a 2 hour check-in, 1 hour 45 minute flight time, say a realistic 45 minutes from landing to leaving customs / baggage claim and another 30 for a taxi ride into town, total 5:00. Those 40 minutes 'saved' could easily get eaten up in travel time to and from the airport (depending on where you live relative to train station / airport of course) as well as slower departure from the aircraft or transport problems to the city centre in Lyon. Assuming all services ran to time for both journey types suspect it would be pretty damn close. Plus I'd take Eurostar over being squeezed into a typical cattle class seat any day. Heck, if you got lucky with pricing you can probably go in premium seating on Eurostar for about what you'd pay for a normal BA ticket.



Its so logical but you have explained it very well
Hassle free life !!!!
bullerbug

its a great way to get to the south of France, but once that train gets … its a great way to get to the south of France, but once that train gets up to spread its more of a blur than a view


Once it gets up to spread its more of a beurre I think you meant....?
Edited by: "patg2005" 3rd Apr 2016
Eurostars premium is crappy they cut it back no meal now no champagne no gin,, and same price.. Just a crappy cold sandwich and can of beer

Eurostar is crap sudden rather fly business on BA
dewonderful

Brilliant! Just get a single and cycle back


That would be such a good cycle trip back as well I may join you.
The only issue with these trains is you have to disembark in Lille Europe for customs on the return journey

i did Wigan-Perpignan a few years ago by Virgin, Eurostar and TGV the other year came to £79 return

You can also take as much Alcohol on the train as you want but i think they only let you consume 3 drinks of your own
Edited by: "christopherscott961" 2nd Apr 2016
christopherscott961

The only issue with these trains is you have to disembark in Lille Europe … The only issue with these trains is you have to disembark in Lille Europe for customs on the return journey i did Wigan-Perpignan a few years ago by Virgin, Eurostar and TGV the other year came to £79 return



christopherscott961

The only issue with these trains is you have to disembark in Lille Europe … The only issue with these trains is you have to disembark in Lille Europe for customs on the return journey i did Wigan-Perpignan a few years ago by Virgin, Eurostar and TGV the other year came to £79 return


So where in the UK can you simply travel for that same price?
London to Milan return for two adults, four children and one young adult £4300!!! or Paris to Milan return with exact same details £565.00 return! I can't quite see how they can charge nearly £4000 to go from London to Paris? x
Peelerfart

"and you can take your bike" assume you mean pedal cycle?



​but only if you can fold your bike in half!!
bunnybooandcarrot

London to Milan return for two adults, four children and one young adult … London to Milan return for two adults, four children and one young adult £4300!!! or Paris to Milan return with exact same details £565.00 return! I can't quite see how they can charge nearly £4000 to go from London to Paris? x


Wow nice chat but in another universe!!
Nice
bunnybooandcarrot

​but only if you can fold your bike in half!!



​I used to be able too, but she's no where near as supple now we're both getting older, and much prefer something a bit more comfortable!
jaycrooks

Think you are somehow muddled or drunk. The statistics on delayed flights … Think you are somehow muddled or drunk. The statistics on delayed flights to Europe and delayed train links to europe speak for themselves.This is not driving to France. This is sitting in comfort with a G @ T or better in hand watching the lovely European countryside wash by instead of the hassle at the airport that you obviously masochistically enjoy.Why not fly to Egypt!!!



And/or Cyprus?! ;-)
BOFH_UK

Might not be far off once you consider everything that's not the actual … Might not be far off once you consider everything that's not the actual travel time. Assuming no delays the train takes 4 hours 40 minutes and you need to allow 1 hour to check-in, total 5:40. On arrival you're already in the city centre and there's no passport control as that's all done at the departure station.The plane has a 2 hour check-in, 1 hour 45 minute flight time, say a realistic 45 minutes from landing to leaving customs / baggage claim and another 30 for a taxi ride into town, total 5:00. Those 40 minutes 'saved' could easily get eaten up in travel time to and from the airport (depending on where you live relative to train station / airport of course) as well as slower departure from the aircraft or transport problems to the city centre in Lyon. Assuming all services ran to time for both journey types suspect it would be pretty damn close. Plus I'd take Eurostar over being squeezed into a typical cattle class seat any day. Heck, if you got lucky with pricing you can probably go in premium seating on Eurostar for about what you'd pay for a normal BA ticket.



​for the detailed reply 10/10. still wouldn't travel to France by either method of transport. doesn't interest me in the slightest.
Can you take your car?
Dyslexic_Dog

​I used to be able too, but she's no where near as supple now we're both g … ​I used to be able too, but she's no where near as supple now we're both getting older, and much prefer something a bit more comfortable!


If you want more comfortable, there have been lots of chocolate deals lately. Fill your boots, legs, gut and Bingo wings. Instantly a softer saddle to ride on.
A return to France under £50.
Aberdeen to London, £108.
The railways in his country can go take their prices up their tunnels.
Edited by: "Oneday77" 3rd Apr 2016
BigMonster1

Can you take your car?


I believe this is passenger only at the moment but its new and things can change!!
Oneday77

A return to France under £50.Aberdeen to London, £108.The railways in his … A return to France under £50.Aberdeen to London, £108.The railways in his country can go take their price through their tunnels..


Exactly Mr Cameron are you listening to the people about privatisation or are you happily blindly letting the shareholders take the micky out of us!!!
Love the trains over there. Did London to Disney Land Paris last year, nice clean and comfortable train. As someone who doesn't like flying I would happily give this a go, pleased they've done it.
pnaylor39

5 Hrs . That's 4 hrs stuck at the border looking for stowaways abd 1 hr … 5 Hrs . That's 4 hrs stuck at the border looking for stowaways abd 1 hr travelling time. We used to travel to France and Italy regularly via Tunnel but all border issues completely put us off especially to France. Italy love it - but would fly


I drove to Paris via eurotunnel on the weekend no boarder issues what so ever.
Edited by: "fpdeal" 3rd Apr 2016
can you take your car on this train?
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