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    Evenin' all,

    Myself and a couple of chaps are considering a couple of weeks in the Pyrenees, end of April/early May. We'd rather not fly down there although prices to Pau and Biarritz are really quite cheap! Can anyone recommend another route/method that's not too expensive (i.e. train fares over 200) or over-long (35 hours on the ferry!). Thanks guys

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    Easy

    Bus Edinburgh to Victoria 1

    Bus Victoria to Paris 35

    Overnight 1st class sleeper train to Pyrenees 40

    That was last year. This year I am flying Jet2 Edinburgh to Toulouse 72

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    Flying to Pau/Biarritz is definitely the cheapest if you dont want a car when you get there. My daughter has just got flights for 20 return to Pau at the end of April. Incidently, no bus now from Pau airport into town so its a taxi job.


    If you need a car I reckon cheapest is drive down if you are staying more than a week, Speedferries Dover to Bolougne and then drive down taking turns driving. Rough cost for us from Derbyshire is 250/300 for ferry, fuel,tolls etc if you use the motorways.

    Good alternative is Portsmouth to Caen/Le Havre overnight and then drive down in a day. Ferry cost is reasonable if you dont want a cabin.

    Not tried the train yet, Peter is that a return or one way cost?

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    Brian

    One way. Returned Easy Jet - Toulouse - Bristol- Edinburgh.

    Peter

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    Cheers Peter

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    We're going in July on the train. Return from London - Pau or Lourdes is 109 if you book in advance. That is in sleeper couchettes so you get two nights accommodation in the price.

    There are loads of ways to do it but one leaves london about 5.30pm and paris around 11pm and arrives in the pyrenees about 7.30 am. You can time it so you can a couple of hours in paris between trains. coming back you arrive in london about 9.30am.

    check it all out on raileurope.co.uk.

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    Another useful website for rail fares and information:

    http://www.seat61.com/

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    I went with my family in about '81, & we got the train down all the way. I remember the excitement of being on the top bunk of 3 couchettes. Unfortunately, I also remember the disorientation & fear upon waking up half way back down again, followed by the pain of hitting the ladder.

    Despite this, I still really enjoy the very rare occasions when I've travelled over night by train, there is still something exciting about it. So I say, if you can get the price, take the train!

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