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Artemis

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I am getting ready to buy my plane ticket and I found two good flights.
The first one is from Tampa to Zurich for $638. The problem is that I have to change airports in London. There is plenty of time to do it but it will cost about $30. The train fare will probably be more from Zurich and I can't find a price so I can't add that to the equation.
The second flight is from Tampa to Bordeaux for $791. It costs more but there is no change in London and I think the train fare to Saint Jean is a little over $30.
Any help on finding the fare from Zurich to Saint Jean so I can figure out which one to take? I am leaving Tampa on August 24th arrive either Zurich or Bordeaux on Aug 25.

Thanks,
Melinda
 
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Don't forget to add the additional time as a cost factor. Yes, it might cost more $ to go through Bordeaux, but you won't have the time & hassle factor of switching airports in London & the additional cost of a train from Zurich to SJP. I'd fly to Bordeaux & take the train. :)

Kelly
 

Artemis

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Thanks for the reply Kelly,

That is the one I am leaning towards because I spent time in Bordeaux last time I did the camino and I really love it there. I am thinking before my return flight I could spend a little more time in Bordeaux. But I still would like to find the cost of the train from Zurich. It is frustrating me. Also I went to boarding school in Switzerland and the thought of having the time on the train to see Switzerland again appeals to me. AARGH!!! Why am I being so indecisive?
I think I remember you saying you are starting from SJPP the end of August? I will be volunteering at L"Esprit du Chemin from Aug 26 til Sept 6 so I will be able to meet you then.

Melinda
 

Artemis

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Just to throw something else into the mix! I found a flight to Geneva with no airport change in London for $671 including travel insurance. My boarding school was in Versoix right outside Geneva.
Look forward to meeting you. What day are you starting?
 
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jeff001

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According to the SBB (Swiss Rail) website the train from Zurich to Bayonne takes about 11.5-12 hours with several changes. The best current fare for your date is 213 CF or about $200. The flight to Bordeaux sounds like the better choice. Have you looked into flying into London and taking Ryan or EasyJet to Biarritz?
 

crackmrmac

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Hi Melinda, From reading your post I think you should take the Bordeaux option, unless you actually want to spend some time in Switzerland to reminisce etc; as you know Geneva is practically on the French border.
 

Artemis

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Thanks for all your replys. I finally bought my ticket! Hope to see some of you there.
 

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