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Unread 7 Oct 15, 08:27 AM  
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Disadvantages to flying?

Hi, very new to DLP and just having a look at prices. I see lots of mentions of Eurostar but not many mentions of flying. Is there a disadvantage to flying? We live 15 mins from Gatwick and that seems easier than a train to St Pancras first. Am I wrong?

Also can anyone explain transfers from the airport?

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We flew from Manchester on my 40th birthday at 3pm , everything was great until they got fog at CDG ( it was November ) . The flight came in to land a pulled up sharp and got diverted to Belgium! Not allowed off plane as classed as illegals until we got clearance , then sat In Airport waiting for a bus transfer and 4.5 hrs on a coach back to CDG . Car hire was shut so could get cars we had hired. Taxi got lost going to Disneyland ! How you ask yourself. 100 lighter arrived at 5am. But guess we were just unlucky but certainly a birthday I remember well ! My recommendation... go in summer
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Well I think the advantage of going by Eurostar is that if you get a direct train it takes you directly into DLP. I am a bit biased though as we only live about 15 mins or so from Ebbsfleet. I think it depends where in the country you live - in your case I'm not sure what I'd do - it might come down to price.
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We live near Heathrow and drive, taking the Eurotunnel. It probably doesn't take much more time than flying when you include security, waiting and transfers. It also means we can pack as much as we like and bring back as much as we like.
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It's slightly cheaper to fly (non car Eurostar)and that's not including train into St Pancras and back. Thinking about it afterwards I'd think I'd rather one of my parents picking us up at Gatwick 15 minutes away than a train journey back from London!
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We flew and never again, we were a party of 7, 4 adults 3 children, the flight was from bhx to cdg was fine, it was the coach transfer to the hotel where we had problems, we queued for the coach with a few other brits but when the coach turned up all these french appeared and pushed in we had no chance of getting on the coach so we just stood back and thought we woukd wait for the next one 2nd coach came and the same happened again the french do no queue like us brits, we tried to get on the coach but my youngest grandson was getting crushed so we pulled back, when the 3rd bus arrived the driver refused to let any french on he announced english only so after an hour and half of waiting we finally got on the coach
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We flew and never again, we were a party of 7, 4 adults 3 children, the flight was from bhx to cdg was fine, it was the coach transfer to the hotel where we had problems, we queued for the coach with a few other brits but when the coach turned up all these french appeared and pushed in we had no chance of getting on the coach so we just stood back and thought we woukd wait for the next one 2nd coach came and the same happened again the french do no queue like us brits, we tried to get on the coach but my youngest grandson was getting crushed so we pulled back, when the 3rd bus arrived the driver refused to let any french on he announced english only so after an hour and half of waiting we finally got on the coach
Crikey! Think I'll have another look at Eurostar.!
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Having to spend longer at airport than station (only 45 min before train for Eurostar).

Having to negotiate large and confusing CDG airport.

Getting from CDG to DLP can be expensive and time consuming. With Eurostar you step off the train and you are at DLP.

Depending on when you book the tickets, Eurostar can be as cheap or cheaper than flying (currently cheapest Eurostar tickets look like 72, although you need to be quick as those sell out within hours on
the day they are released).

Flying means having to faff about with checking in luggage, on Eurostar you just keep it with you.
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