Starting short on DB Sparpreis Germany-London

Discussion in 'International Transport' started by BRX, 14 Aug 2019.

  1. BRX

    BRX Established Member

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    If I have a DB-issued DB+Eurostar ticket from eg. Cologne to London, will I have any problems starting from Brussels, in other words not using the Germany>Brussels portion?

    I have some vague memory that it is supposed to be endorsed with something proving you've travelled on the DB portion or am I imagining things?
     
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  3. k-c-p

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    Should not be a problem. I have done this a few times when a DB-Ticket Aachen->London was cheaper than an Eurostar Brussels->London ticket. At Eurostar check-in nobody cared that my ticket had no control markings etc.. At one time I even showed up at the check-in about 30min before the arrival of the ICE train and nobody made a fuss about it.
     
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    I don't expect there will be problems, but the I've seen some small print for Sparpreis Europa to the effect that the DE border must be crossed on a DB service.
    That's not a rule about not starting short, more about routeing and carrier.
     
  5. BRX

    BRX Established Member

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    Thanks. That's basically my situation here - DB ticket from Cologne cheaper than regular ticket on Eurostar's own website.
     
  6. BahrainLad

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    On the topic of Sparspreis Europa, is there any update on being able to buy these tickets for journeys beyond November 9? I just price something up for a Xmas Markets trip in early December and it would sell me a Eurostar + Sparspreis Belgium, which came in at €193 one way in First Class from London to Dusseldorf.
     
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    The DB site can't offer anything beyond 31 Oct, even Flexpreis fares.
    The Eurostar site has never offered the DB London fares AFAIK.
     
  8. dutchflyer

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    Can also try b-rail, com but I assume it also wont be able to offer very much.
     
  9. k-c-p

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    No news so far. Statement on DB Website:
    The question is, if Eurostar is really interested in re-instating the offer. As far as I know, they get a fixed amount of money for each ticket the DB sells - no matter which price the DB charges the customer. Combine this, with the fact that oftentimes a ticket from Germany to London is sold cheaper than a mere EST Brussels->London ticket, this offer is not very attractive to EST.

    I want to go to London in January. I have not decided yet, whether I will wait if something changes, or until tickets via Paris become available at SNCF or book a flight or ... On thing this is for sure: This whole mess does not encourage people to use the train.
     
  10. 30907

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    Thalys plus Eurostar should continue to be available, or Sparpreis Europa Belgien plus Eurostar, but not as cheap as the bedt DB prices :(
     

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