Previously I had been advising my friends and relatives to buy their London to Strasbourg train tickets via the Eurostar website. As it was a cheaper and easier option than buying the Paris to Strasbourg leg separately through SNCF.

To my disgust, it now appears that this is no longer true. Eurostar are shamelessly capitalising on their customers’ ignorance and making a killing.

For example – when I tried booking a Strasbourg-London return on for this coming December, I was given three options: Business flexi €600, Leisure non-flexi €300, Standard semi-flexi €400.

But by booking exactly the same train without the Strasbourg leg I obtained standard non-fexi return for €77. Booking the Strasbourg leg separately through SNCF – I managed to find a standard return that gave me a first class seat on the way back for €125. That beats Eurostar’s best all-in price by about €100.

There should be a law against this sort of practice … if there isn’t already?!