Shortly after the announcement of the date of Elizabeth II’s funeral, scheduled for Monday, prices have significantly increased by more than 20% on some trains bound for the English capital.
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The addition is likely to be very salty for French royalty fans. Those who want to go to London for Elizabeth II’s funeral, scheduled for Monday 19 September, are likely to put a large part of their savings there. Prices have risen since the queen’s death for transport and hotels.
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Eurostar Paris-London on Saturday 17 or Sunday 18 September will cost more than 240 euros for a one-way ticket. Prices that went up by more than 20% on some trains shortly after the announcement of the date of Elizabeth II’s funeral. Also visible is the departure from London the next day, Tuesday 20 September, tickets cost up to 224 euros. This is linked, according to Eurostar, to a slight increase in demand over the weekend.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1926 – 2022
We are deeply saddened to learn of the Queen’s death and our thoughts go to the royal family. Today we share the fond memories of Queen’s participation in the launch of our first train in May 1994. pic.twitter.com/XZX07TqFoO
– Eurostar UK (@EurostarUK) September 9, 2022
On the SNCF website, same phenomenon: sales have more than doubled on trips to London since the queen’s death. Flixbus, the leading bus company, is also seeing a 17% increase in bookings in the UK for travel between Wednesday and Monday.
The increase is less noticeable on the airline side, but there is an increase in prices on Sunday flights to the UK. Note that the French Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) on Tuesday asked airlines to forgo one flight out of two on Friday, following a strike notice from an air traffic controllers union that specifically demanded salary increases.
And in some hotels in the British capital, the price of overnight stays for Elizabeth II’s funeral has been multiplied by three or even four. An inflation that also affects the “goodies” and other souvenirs around Elizabeth II.