Press releases from 2003

  • Eurostar has responded to increased demand on its London - Brussels route by launching a ninth daily service between the two capitals from 5 January 2004. The new service will be Eurostar's first non-stop London-Brussels train.The extra service means that Eurostar now offers business travellers hourly departures from London to the Belgian capital during the morning peak. The new non-stop service departs London at 07.43 and arrives in Brussels at 11.03 - a journey time of 2 hours 20 minutes.

    Business travellers will also benefit from the re-timing of late afternoon and evening...

  • Eurostar today gave a warm welcome to the Government's White Paper on air transport but predicted that air passengers will end up paying for more runway capacity. The high-speed rail operator is praised in the report for offering "an attractive alternative to short-haul air services" (section 4.52).

    "The cost of building ultimately unnecessary new airport infrastructure at Stansted and possibly Heathrow will be passed on to air passengers, leading to the demise of low-cost air travel. The alternative of high-speed rail travel will look increasingly popular as passengers switch from...

  • Eurostar today announced that it was expecting to carry thousands of Ryanair passengers whose flights from Stansted to Ostend, Maastricht, Reims and Clermont Ferrand are about to be axed. From 14 January 2004, Ryanair will cease operations on these routes leaving passengers "grounded" and having to obtain refunds and find alternative transportation.

    Eurostar's Communications Director, Paul Charles, commented: "Disappointed Ryanair passengers to these destinations can travel in comfort with Eurostar and connecting rail services. On Eurostar prices are extremely attractive, we provide...

  • Eurostar is the UK Official CarrierOnly 1h 40mins from LondonReturn fares from just £55

    The northern French city of Lille and the surrounding Nord-Pas de Calais region is preparing itself for a massive invasion of UK tourists when it commences its reign as European Capital of Culture for 2004 on 6 December 2003. It is expected that the majority of UK visitors will travel to Lille by Eurostar, which has been awarded the status of UK Official Carrier because of its direct city-centre to city-centre service.

    Eurostar is also the fastest way to travel to Lille. The opening of the...

  • Today (18-11-03), at 09h25 Eurostar checked in its millionth passenger in London to travel by Eurostar on the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Ron Chittick and his wife Pauline from Hornchurch in Essex were welcomed by Eurostar's Commercial Director, Nick Mercer and Transport Minister, Tony McNulty. Mr & Mrs Chittick were presented with various goodies, up-graded to first class and have the choice of a week's holiday at any Eurostar destination during 2004.

    The new high speed line enables Eurostar trains to travel at 186 mph (300 km/h) in the UK and over 2,000 services have already...

  • We've listened to your feedback and completely transformed the site.

    You'll notice that the booking process has been streamlined to make it even easier and quicker to book a ticket. We've also introduced a new navigation system to enable you to make full use of the huge range of services and information available on Eurostar.com

    Our expanded Destinations section gives you the lowdown on all of Eurostar's destinations as well as offering the inside track on the best hotels from the stylishly affordable to the ludicrously luxurious.

    The Services section tells you everything...

  • Bookings are now open for Eurostar travel to the continent over the Christmas and New Year period. Eurostar will be operating every day except for Christmas Day and this is an excellent time to treat friends and family with a short break or a day trip. And this year, you can enjoy an even faster journey with high speed rail travel in the UK, thanks to the new railway line now open from North Kent to the Channel Tunnel.

    Eurostar fares are available from as little as £59 return to Paris or Brussels or £55 to Lille. These fares can now be obtained without any stay away conditions...

    • Ten extra services a week

    • First ever non-stop London-Brussels service

    • Brussels-London in just 2 hours 15 minutes

    • Improved connections for onward travel

    Eurostar today announced that customers will benefit from a ninth daily London-Brussels service from 5 January 2004.

    The extra non-stop Brussels service will give Eurostar hourly morning departures from London to the Belgian capital. The additional train will depart London at 07.43 and arrive in Brussels at 11.03 - a journey time of 2 hours 20 minutes.

    The expanded London-Brussels...