Eurostar to Brussels or any Belgian station for just £59 return

6 Jul 2006

--Brussels beach and festival runs from 14 July to 13 August--Enjoy Belgian National Day celebrations on 21 July
The summer has arrived and it's time for a holiday or short break. Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service, has the perfect suggestion - Belgium. Brussels is the nearest Continental capital to the UK and with fares to the city or any Belgian station from only £59 return.
Belgium provides a wide variety of attractions, festivals, markets, museums and parks in attractive and towns and cities like Bruges, Gent, Liège, Namur and Antwerp.
In the capital, "Bruxelles les Bains", the popular beach attraction on the banks of the Brussels-Charleroi Canal, will be launched on 14 July and will run until 13 August. The sandy beach complete with palm trees, fans which spray a fine mist, water tunnel and exotic food and drink stalls provides the ideal setting to enjoy beach-sports and live shows by over 500 performers.
Belgium's National Day is Friday 21 July and there will be extensive celebrations over the whole country but in particular in Brussels. Many of the city's finest architectural buildings will be specially opening for visitors including the Parliament, the law courts, the Royal Palace, the Royal Conservatory and the great synagogue. There will be all sorts of entertainment including a military parade and late in the evening there will be a pyro-musical spectacle.
For further information and useful tips on what to do in Brussels and other Belgian cities visit www.eurostar.com.
From London, Eurostar has 10 services a day to Brussels. The fastest journey times from Waterloo International to Brussels Midi is just 2hrs 15mins.
Eurostar's Commercial Director, Nick Mercer, said: "We regularly check our air competitors' prices and we are confident that we cheaper on almost all occasions. We also provide huge added value to the leisure traveller with Eurostar tickets to Brussels which can be used for onward rail transfer to any Belgian station."
Fare comparison 2 people travelling out on 13 July and returning on 16 July 2006:

CARRIER

PRICE

TAXES, BOOKING FEE, ETC

TOTAL PRICE

EUROSTAR

DIFFERENCE

VLM

£156

£105.20 + £8.00

£269.20

£138

£131.20

Bmi Baby

£364

£109

£473

£138

£335

British Airways

£106

£109

£215

£138

£77

SN Brussels

£136

£100.80

£236.80

£138

£98.80

-end-
Notes to Editors:
1. Eurostar UK Ltd has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with SNCF, SNCB, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), Deutsche Bahn (DB), Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB) and Österreichische Bundesbahnen (OBB). The Railteam alliance is open to further members that provide high-speed, high-quality rail services.
2. Eurostar operates high-speed train services linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps. It has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last eight years at the World Travel Awards.
3. In autumn 2007, Eurostar will switch its UK operations from London Waterloo to London St Pancras International. Journey times will fall by a further 20 minutes, with London-Paris down to 2h 15m; London-Brussels only 1h 51m, and London-Lille just 1h 20m.
4. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely different companies, under separate ownership and with separate management teams. Eurostar is the largest customer of Eurotunnel, which is the Channel Tunnel operator.
5. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com, call 08705 186186, or contact your travel agent.