Have now booked the London to Paris and Paris to Bern legs of our trip. In both cases, I relied heavily on advice from The Man in Seat 61 [www.seat61.com]. I’ve said before and I’ll have no hesitation repeating myself that this site is an excellent resource for anyone contemplating train travel through Europe.
London to Paris
We are travelling on Eurostar for this leg. The trip will take us about 2 and a half hours. Leaving London’s St Pancras station around midday and arriving Paris Nord at around 3:30 PM. I was quite impressed by the Eurostar.com online booking site which even gave me the option of choosing which seats I wanted in which carriage. By booking this trip 120 days in advance we managed to get 2 adult seats for less than 90 Euro.
And no, we didn’t choose seat 61.
Paris to Bern
We are travelling via Lausanne for our trip to Bern from Paris. We leave Paris at around 8:00 AM on the TGV Sud-Est, change trains in Lausanne around midday to a Swiss rail intercity train and arrive in Bern around 1:30 PM. We booked the tickets using the French site [The Man in Seat 61 helped again here with excellent instruction here]. By booking direct and 90 days in advance we were able to get 2 adult tickets for less than 100 Euro.
Now that those two trips are booked the only rail booking left to do is our Swiss rail pass and any Swiss rail trips that require reservations.
Note: the fares mentioned here are based on non-refundable tickets. Given we know exactly which days we are travelling, this was the cheapest option for us.