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Eurostar to Avignon

Post by alan » Wed 24 Jun 2020 20:48

Unfortunately, I see the BBC is now reporting:

"Eurostar's direct summer services to Lyon, Avignon and Marseilles, which were meant to start in May, will no longer be run at all in 2020 or 2021. Instead, the rail company will focus on its main routes between London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam".

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Re: Eurostar to Avignon

Post by nickiwynne » Fri 26 Jun 2020 14:48

Hello Alan,
Despite Eurostar’s best efforts I managed to find a way to circumvent their desire for us to take a voucher for our cancelled return journey to Avignon next month.
Hidden in the faq pages you can ask for a refund (even on non refundable tickets as long as Eurostar is doing the cancelling). Today I received a message saying the request for a refund had been approved (!) and we should be reimbursed within 10 days. Of course the proof of the pudding etc.
Still waiting for an Easter refund from Ryanair ......
Nicki

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Re: Eurostar to Avignon

Post by nickiwynne » Thu 02 Jul 2020 08:35

Just an update....Eurostar refunded the money yesterday and we’d already had the car hire refund last week ( car rentals.co.uk) so a pleasing result!
Still waiting for Ryanair refund for Easter flights but you can’t have everything.....
Nicki

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Re: Eurostar to Avignon

Post by alan » Thu 02 Jul 2020 12:26

Hi Nicki

That's good. How are you planning to travel now? We are still hoping to fly Ryanair from Stansted to Perpignan at the end of the month.

By the way, I have been reminded that it used to be possible to travel Eurostar to Lille and change there by simply crossing platforms for a train to the Region, thus avoiding a change of stations in Paris. I don't know if that is still possible. Someone might be able to say.

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Re: Eurostar to Avignon

Post by gleber » Thu 02 Jul 2020 12:57

reply to Alan re Eurostar to Lille.

Yes it is still possible to take Eurostar to Lille and then travel on to Perpignan.
On 3rd March this year we travelled from Dunbar to London then took Eurostar to Lille. As we had set off early from Scotland we stayed overnight at Lille Europe Hotel then took the 0900 train the following morning, Lille Europe to Valance TGV then the 1328 train Valance TGV to Perpignan. It is possible to do this without staying overnight, there is usually a change involved.

We used a Global Interrail Pass and all went to plan, a very pleasant way to travel but then of course Covid 19 hit while we where there but that is another story.

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Re: Eurostar to Avignon

Post by alan » Thu 02 Jul 2020 17:51

That's very helpful for future reference, thank you.

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Re: Eurostar to Avignon

Post by nickiwynne » Thu 02 Jul 2020 21:02

Yes, we contemplated the train via Lille.
But have decided to drive as it then gives us more flexibility for return dates.
We have bought a fully flexible ferry ticket......
Nicki

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