Book your summer in provence: Eurostar opens ticket sales for avignon

20 Dec 2007

Weekly direct service runs 12 July – 6 September 2008Fares start from £99 returnCarbon neutral journeys – with far fewer CO2 emissions than flying
Eurostar, the high-speed train service that links the UK and mainland Europe, today (19 December 2007) announced that tickets for its direct summer service to Avignon will go on sale in a week's time, from Thursday 27 December. Return fares start from just £99.
The 2008 weekly high-speed departure to southern France begins on Saturday 12 July and runs every Saturday through to Saturday 6 September.
The journey from Eurostar's fabulous new London home at St Pancras International or from Ashford International in Kent takes less than six hours (less than 5 hours 30 minutes from Ashford) and delivers you to Avignon Centre station – opposite the city walls which surround the heart of the historic city.
Visitors to Avignon have a wide range of events to enjoy during the summer holiday season. A highlight is the popular Festival d'Avignon – the oldest and largest in France – which attracts thousands of visitors each year to see its many live performances. The city also boasts the stunning 14th century Palais des Papes (Pope's Palace), the famous Pont d'Avignon (Avignon Bridge) and many medieval streets.
Avignon is also the perfect destination for those who would like to explore the wider Provence region. From country lanes to lavender fields, from countryside to seaside on the Mediterranean, and from vineyards to rivers, the area offers plenty of relaxing and gastronomic opportunities.
Taking Eurostar to Provence is a more relaxing, enjoyable way of travelling, with the added benefit that all Eurostar journeys are now carbon neutral at no extra cost to travellers. A Eurostar journey is much greener than going by air, generating around one-tenth of the amount of carbon dioxide emissions.
Using typical passenger load factors, independent research has estimated that a Eurostar journey from St Pancras International to Avignon will generate 10.4 kg/CO2 per passenger compared with approximately 108kg/CO2 for a typical flight from London to southern France.
Avignon, and over 70 other French towns and cities, are also accessible all year round by combining a Eurostar journey to Paris or Lille and an onward journey by a French TGV service.
Tickets for the direct Avignon service, and for connecting services all year round, are available on www.eurostar.com, by calling 08705 186 186, at Eurostar stations and from travel agents.
Check-in:The recommended check-in time for the direct Avignon service is 60 minutes prior to departure.
Avignon Train Stations:Avignon Centre Station is the city station and is distinct from Avignon TGV, which is on the TGV Med high-speed line.  A shuttle bus operates between the two stations, which runs about every 20 minutes and takes approximately 10 minutes.-ends-Notes to Editors1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.  2. The direct Avignon service departs from St Pancras International, calls at Ashford International and arrives at Avignon Centre station.3. St Pancras International is connected with seven mainline rail services at St Pancras, King’s Cross and Euston; and six London Underground lines. Mainline services include: St Pancras: East Midlands Trains, First Capital Connect King’s Cross: GNER, Hull TrainsEuston: Virgin Trains, London Midland, First Scottish Rail  London Underground lines include: Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle.4. Under its ‘Tread Lightly’ initiative, Eurostar has set a target of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 25% per traveller journey by 2012. Independent research has already shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris / Brussels generates one-tenth of the carbon dioxide produced by an equivalent flight. 5. Eurostar and Friends of the Earth are official partners in Britain, and collaborate on the development of Eurostar’s ‘Tread Lightly’ initiative, and Friends of the Earth’s ‘The Big Ask’ campaign.6. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe’s leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.7. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies.  Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates a vehicle shuttle service and the Channel tunnel itself.  Eurostar is Eurotunnel’s biggest customer.8. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com, call 08705 186 186 or contact your travel agent.For more information:Eurostar Press Office  +44 (0)20 7922 4494press.office@eurostar.co.uk