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Re: Senior Rail card

If you are over 60 you simply book your ticket in the normal way but select "age 60" on the on-line booking page. The savings can be substantial but the reductions are limited in number so book early. The savings are not as great as for the "carte senior" but there are no up-front fees.

You are expected to carry proof of age during the trip so I usually have my passport. I have never been asked for proof of age (bad sign!)

Alistair


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Whenever I have bought a ticket at the ticket office I tell the clerk my age and get the discount, I have never been asked for proof of age - how sad is that !

It saves my Employer money, not me personnally as I claim my train fares back from work. I don't think the accounts dept even notice the saving. Maybe I could get an age discount on Paris Taxis, they seem horribly expensive. The last one was c.Euro65 from CDG to Montparnasse !!!!!


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Crikey, Steve.    What was it,  a Bentley or something?Woot! [:-))]

"I couldn't sleep very well last night. Some noisy b*ggers going around in automobiles kept me awake." Ken Miles
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Re: Senior Rail card

We went by train for our last visit to UK - we went to our local French station to get our Senior cards to tickets - TGV to Paris then Eurostar to St Pancras- about 2 months before. The price would have been E950 for 2 (return) - 50% with Senior card = E475 + cost of Senior cards. But then he looked at special offers, and got it down to E350. He then said he would look at something else and asked if we could return 2 days later then planned- and bingo - the price was E228 for 2 return - so much cheaper than buying and using Senior cards. So book early - and ask the employee to check all possibilities, saying you are flexible on dates if you are. This is what I call a great Employee (rare) - we told him so and thanked him very very much.

BTW - we loved the journey - much easier than plane and all in all, about the same time- as the TGV station is local and we arrrived IN London. Will defo do it again.

In the UK, I also found that the only way to get the very best price for my groups was to go to the ticket office in person. They always tried everything to get the best value possible - and each and every time were really friendly and took their time (avoid peak times obviously!).

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Re: Senior Rail card

 cooperlola wrote:
Crikey, Steve.    What was it,  a Bentley or something?Woot! [:-))]

It certainly wasn't a Bentley. I dont recall what it was, a Merc perhaps. It was the next available in the line at CDG and I watched the meter ticking up with a small degree of horror. Are they time slugged, not just distance? It was a long (time) trip due to rush hour. He didn't take "the long way round" to push the price as far as I could tell (I do the same journey quite regularly).

I considered taking the Air France bus next time but, its not my money so should I really worry?


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