Summer days are just around the corner, and what better time to get away and discover the continent? If you’re looking for affordable ways to explore Europe this summer, here are some top tips to help you save with Eurotunnel and Eurostar.
Booking cheap Eurostar tickets
Eurostar is a brilliant option for those hoping to holiday in Europe without breaking the bank. Fares vary in price, but there are some fantastic discounts out there. To take advantage of cheap travel in Europe, here are some steps you can follow:
- Look out for flash sales and special deals
Every now and again, Eurostar will host flash sales and offer special prices on tickets. To keep up with the latest news and gain access to the best fares, subscribe to Eurostar’s emails and keep checking the website. If there is a promotion, and you’re on the mailing list, you’ll be sent regular emails and you can follow the links to book discounted tickets.
- Book early and choose your time wisely
Eurostar tickets are released up to 180 days in advance, and typically, you can save money by booking early. Research suggests that the best times to book cheap Eurostar fares are midday on Mondays and midnight on Thursdays and Saturdays. Eurostar tickets tend to be more expensive at peak times. If you don’t have to travel at busier times, you could save money.
- Chance your arm with Eurostar Snap
For those who don’t like to plan ahead and the more spontaneous travellers out there, Eurostar Snap could provide access to special offers. Tickets are available from just £25, with a booking window of 30-7 days before travel. The system works as follows: you choose a date and select morning or afternoon, and Eurostar will choose a train for you and email you the details 2 days before you travel. This option won’t suit everyone, but if you’re flexible, and you don’t mind being in the dark until 48 hours before you go, you could save a fortune. Eurostar Snap fares are available from London to Brussels and Paris.
- Check different ticket types
If you’re searching for Eurostar deals, make sure you check different ticket types. Sometimes, return fares are cheaper than single tickets, and you might also find that standard premier tickets are a similar price to standard seats. Premier tickets include perks like a meal and a drink, so they can work out much better value for money. You also get a bigger seat, so the journey should be more comfortable.
If you plan to travel extensively in Europe, and taking the train from London is just the first leg, you could save a substantial amount of money by investing in an InterRail pass. This will enable you to travel by rail within Europe, taking advantage of savings on every journey, including Eurostar from London to Paris and Belgium.
- Group and age discounts
If you’re travelling in a group, or you have children, seniors or youths in your party, you could save. Check the Eurostar website for the latest prices and offers for children, senior citizens and large groups.
- Sign up to Club Eurostar
Frequent travellers can save by signing up to Club Eurostar, which is essentially Eurostar’s version of a frequent flyer’s scheme. The more you travel, the more points you’ll earn.
Travelling by Eurotunnel: ways to save
Eurotunnel is a rapid service, which takes passengers from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes. Travelling by Eurotunnel offers the opportunity to take cars and pets over to France, and you can take advantage of a flexible timetable, with up to 4 departures per hour at peak times. Fares on Eurotunnel vary according to when you book and the date and time of departure. To access cheap Eurotunnel tickets, it’s best to book early. Advance fares tend to be significantly less expensive. If you’re a frequent traveller, you can also register for either Frequent Traveller Standard or Frequent Traveller Flexiplus, with savings of up to 50% available. When you visit the Eurotunnel website, you can enter dates and times, and you’ll be presented with prices. If you’re flexible, and you can go at any time, you may find that cheaper fares will be easier to find. When you make a booking, this will cover your car and up to nine passengers.
Are you planning to holiday in Europe this summer? Are you looking for ways to save on travel and make your spending money stretch further on the other side? If so, it’s worth looking out for deals on Eurostar and Eurotunnel. Whether you’re planning a city break in Paris, you’re keen to discover Europe by rail, or you’re looking forward to a family holiday or a break with friends by the sea, there are lots of ways to save on getting to the continent this summer.