Senior travelers looking for day trip options from London.

Where can we go where the train station is in the city -- not far from where we'd like to tour, or is there a tour we can join once we arrive at the station? I understand Bath, Brighton, Cambridge, Canterbury, Ely, Leeds Castle, Oxford, Portsmouth, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Winchester, and Windsor are all within a one day trip. What type of train pass do we need? How much will it cost? Do we get the additional 20% off? How do we arrange the travel?

In addition, on April 23rd I want to take a train to Paris and stay over night. Without my friend. How much will this cost? I'd like to do the Vespa tour and stay the night. Can you arrange a (cheap) hotel also, or do I need to find something?

Thanks! Jo
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 04, 2014 16:02
    Hi Jo,

    The best option for your travels would be dependent upon several different factors, including the specific itinerary of where you'd like to go during your stay.

    Travel to all of the destinations you mentioned in England would be covered with a BritRail London Plus, which is a unique rail pass that covers a large area in the southeast of England around London. You can purchase the BritRail London Plus Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    This pass would also enable you to receive a discounted 'Passholder' fare for a ticket on the Eurostar train between London and Paris. You would purchase tickets for a Passholder rate on the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Due to high demand, the Passholder rates on this train sell out very quickly, so I would recommend purchasing these tickets as soon as possible.

    You can also browse any city passes and tours we offer for London (and surrounding areas) by clicking here:
    http://www.raileurope.com/en/activiti....

    There you can find specific tours out of London (that would take you to places like Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford, and Stratford-Upon-Avon), which could even substitute for the BritRail London Plus Pass, depending on what you want to do.

    There you can also find something called the 'Paris Overnight' Tour, which includes round-trip tickets on the Eurostar to Paris and a one night stay in a hotel there. The Paris Overnight would substitute for the Passholder tickets on the Eurostar that I alluded to above, depending on what you want to do (i.e. if you don't opt to purchase the BritRail London Plus Pass and instead just do tours or regular tickets out of London).

    You can browse any city passes and tours we offer for Paris by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/activiti....

    The current 20% off promotion applies to regular point-to-point tickets in England, not rail passes or tours. If you'd like to check regular ticket costs instead of purchasing the BritRail London Plus Pass, then you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/european-tr....

    We do provide a link on our website from where you can book hotels in Europe. You would just click on 'Hotels' from our homepage, www.raileurope.com. You can refer to this link for any hotels in England, as well as for your stay in Paris if you don't happen to do the Paris Overnight Tour.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2017 21:21
      Update:

      As of this year, BritRail Passes no longer enable passengers to receive any kind of Passholder rate on the Eurostar.

      While that is true with regard to BritRail Passes, any Eurail Pass that includes France is now valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Paris and the UK, while any Eurail Pass that includes the Benelux is valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Brussels and the UK. As a supplement to the Eurail Pass, reservations on the Eurostar would still be necessary.

      If a BritRail Pass is the only rail pass with which you’ll be traveling, then it would be necessary to purchase regular tickets in order to ride on the Eurostar. Please note, this applies to any BritRail Pass, including the BritRail England Pass, the BritRail London Plus Pass, the BritRail South West Pass, and the regular BritRail Pass.
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