Travel around the UK when in London for 15 days. Want to go to Paris, Exeter, Oxford, Dover, possibly other cities.

What is the least expensive way for a family of 3 to purchase tickets. In London for 15 days going to Paris for one day overnight. Want to visit Exeter, Oxford, Dover, possibly other UK cities.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 11, 2014 18:05
    Hi Aline,

    For the requested travel, you could purchase either regular point-to-point tickets or a BritRail England Pass. If you happen to decide to travel to Wales or Scotland, you would purchase the BritRail Pass instead of the BritRail England Pass.

    You would check regular point-to-point ticket costs for each trip by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Otherwise, you can check costs for the BritRail England Pass (which would only cover travel in England) here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-england-pass/index.html.

    You can check costs for the BritRail Pass (which would cover Wales and Scotland, as well as England) here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-pass/index.html.

    With these rail passes, a child between 5 and 15 years of age would be able to travel free. Otherwise, a 3rd adult would be 50% off.

    Also, with either of these passes, you'd be able to receive a 'Passholder' fare for a ticket on the Eurostar train down to Paris and back.

    You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    The Eurostar is unique in that it can generally be booked up 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. The Passholder rates can sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that these tickets be purchased as soon as possible.

    You could even consider the 'Paris Overnight' tour out of London for your side-trip to Paris, as this would include tour activities, as well as one night's hotel stay in Paris. If you purchase this particular tour, you would not purchase Eurostar tickets at the Passholder rate I alluded to above. For information on the Paris Overnight tour, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-overnight/index.html.
    • 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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