Eurostar gets ready for Christmas at St Pancras International

17 Dec 2007

--Direct ski services to the French Alps start on 22 December--Christmas markets of Brussels and Lille are less than two hours away--Details of Christmas and New Year timetable--Eurostar vouchers a perfect gift for keen travellers
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train operator linking the UK and mainland Europe, is gearing up for the Christmas holidays and the start of direct ski services to the French Alps.
Eurostar's highly popular, twice weekly ski train to Bourg-St-Maurice returns on Saturday 22 December. The daytime service leaves London on Saturdays at 10:00, arriving in Bourg-St-Maurice at 18:20 in time for dinner.
The overnight service begins on Friday, 28 December, departing London at 20:31 and arriving at Bourg-St-Maurice at 06:27, enabling skiers to enjoy a full day on the slopes. All ski trains depart from St Pancras International and call at Ashford International in Kent before travelling non-stop to the French Alps.
Ski train travellers will also be doing their bit to tackle climate change. All Eurostar journeys are now carbon neutral at no extra cost to travellers, and independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris / Brussels emits one-tenth of the CO2 than an equivalent flight.
Eurostar travellers can also get into the Christmas spirit with a special onboard menu. Between 20 December and 3 January, travellers in Leisure Select can enjoy a meal of roast turkey with all the trimmings, or cod fillet with a dill sauce, followed by Christmas mince pie with brandy cream, a special chocolate and Christmas cracker.
Christmas shoppers can also enjoy a day trip on Eurostar to the largest Christmas market in northern France. Lille is now only 1 hour 20 minutes away from St Pancras International (and 1 hour 10 minutes from Ebbsfleet International), where visitors can wander among dozens of traditional wooden chalets selling local arts, crafts and cuisine, and enjoy plenty of entertainment.
Alternatively shoppers can choose Brussels, less than two hours from London, where over 200 stalls are selling a wide range of hand-made decorations, jewellery and, of course, Belgian chocolates.
Eurostar will be running services throughout the Christmas and New Year period, with the exception of 25 December when there will be no services. A Sunday timetable will operate on 26 December and 1 January 2008.
For shoppers stuck for an original Christmas idea, why not treat someone to a Eurostar gift voucher? Available in denominations from £1 to £50, a Eurostar voucher could make the perfect present. The vouchers come either in paper form or online, and are redeemable for any journey originating in the UK. - 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. St Pancras International is connected with seven UK 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: National Express East Coast, Hull TrainsEuston: Virgin Trains, London Midland, First Scottish Rail London Underground lines include: Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle.
3. All Eurostar journeys are now carbon neutral at no extra cost to travellers. Under its ‘Tread Lightly’ environmental initiative, Eurostar has set a target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 25% per traveller journey by 2012. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris/Brussels generates one-tenth of the CO2 of an equivalent flight. 4. Eurostar and Friends of the Earth are official partners in Britain. They collaborate on the development of Eurostar’s ‘Tread Lightly’ initiative and Friends of the Earth’s ‘The Big Ask’ campaign.5. 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.6. 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.7. To book Eurostar tickets or buy gift vouchers, 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