Eurostar tickets now on sale for travel to the IRB Rugby World Cup in France

4 Jun 2007

--IRB Rugby World Cup begins on 7 September in the Stade de France
--Direct Eurostar and connecting TGV services now available on eurostar.com
--Fares start from just £59 return
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service that links the UK with the continent, is now taking bookings for travel to the IRB Rugby World Cup in France during September and October. Direct Eurostar travel to Paris or Lille, with connecting SNCF TGV services, is available on Eurostar.com. Fares from London and Ashford to Paris start at just £59 return.
Eurostar expects to carry many thousands of fans wanting to watch the Home Nations, and equally big contingents from the large expatriate communities living in London and the South East - among them Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans, plus the capital's large resident French population.
England's group matches are all easily accessible by train. The team will kick off its defence of the William Webb Ellis Cup in Lens in northern France on 8 September. Lens is just a short train ride from Eurostar's station at Lille, which is just 1 hour 40 minutes from London.
The magnificent Stade de France in Paris will host England's clash with South Africa on 14 September. The stadium is just one train stop from the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord.
Nantes, in the Loire region, is the venue for England's match against Samoa on 22 September. It is easily reached by rail from London in just under six hours, via a simple change of train in Paris.
Eurostar is also the easiest way to reach England's final group game at Parc des Princes in Paris on 28 September.
Simon Montague, Director of Communications, Eurostar, commented: "The UK is home to rugby fans from all over the world. With 750 seats on every train, Eurostar expects to play a big part in helping thousands of fans get to the games, and to enjoy themselves on the way there and back. A seamless rail journey from London or Ashford will be far more relaxing than flying, and will enable them to save their energy for the games!"
Standard return fares to Paris start from £59. Supporters who would like to indulge themselves en route to and from the matches can opt for Leisure Select, available from £149, and enjoy roomier accommodation with a three course meal and drinks served at seat.
The good news for travellers is that they can now book their French domestic rail journeys on www.eurostar.com - so fans who have already purchased international Eurostar tickets to Paris or Lille can now finalise their onward travel arrangements before they set off for the World Cup matches. There is no excuse to miss the opportunity to witness and truly be part of this global sporting event!
Bookings can also be made on 08705 186 186. For group bookings (10 people or more) contact Eurostar on 0870 6000 777.
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Editor's Notes:
1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking London, Ebbsfleet (from November 2007), Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar will launch services from St Pancras International on 14 November 2007. Journey times on the UK's first high-speed line will be: London – Paris 2h 15min; London – Brussels 1h 51min; London - Lille 1h 20min. Journey times to and from Ebbsfleet International will be 10 minutes shorter.
3. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris / Brussels generates ten times less carbon dioxide than flying.
4. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last nine years at the World Travel Awards.
5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are separate companies, under different management and ownership. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates a vehicle shuttle service and the Channel tunnel itself.
6. 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