No e-tickets for Euro train travel

I need to visit a customer in Milan on Monday and Tuesday at short notice (found out at 5 pm on Friday). For a number of reasons I investigated using the sleeper train. Times worked out OK, cost was far less than plane. The seat 61 web sites gives details of the possible routes, times and how to book. I then found out that the web site won't sell me a ticket because it can't post them to me and the various agents can't sell a ticket either unless I can pick it up from London on saturday. Seems you need to plan at least 5 days ahead unless you live in London.

So I am forced to use a flight (0.224 tonnes of CO2), the air journey is 3 times the cost when you add in Hotel costs and only 4 hours shorter (I subtract the 8 hours for being asleep). Pah.

Comments:

I've found collecting tickets for travel from UK to Europe from the station on the day of travel to work quite well. I've just needed to record the booking reference, make sure that my surname is recorded correctly, and take along the credit card I booked the ticket with. Do you have experience of collecting tickets at the station going wrong?

As an aside, I'm very impressed by the new Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras...

Posted by Ian Johnson on February 02, 2008 at 10:38 AM GMT #

H Ian,

No doubt you can pick tickets up, but not at short notice. The web site would not let me book the tickets and the agents I assume could not arrange for the tickets to be picked up at a station so could not sell me them. This may be a feature of trying to book travel on a Saturday morning to travel Sunday evening. Be very nice if I have missed a trick as most of my Eurpoean travel is at short notice

Posted by guest on February 02, 2008 at 11:42 AM GMT #

Note to self, fill in name when submitting a comment

Posted by Clive King on February 02, 2008 at 11:43 AM GMT #

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