Eurostar introduces single fares from just £35

17 Jun 2009

-- New fare range offers greater flexibility to travellers
-- Wider fare simplification sees end of 'stay away' conditions
Eurostar, the provider of carbon neutral, high-speed rail journeys between the UK and the Continent, has today introduced single fares to all its destinations. The new fares start from the wholly inclusive price of £35 for London to Paris/Brussels, and can be purchased without any airline-style extra charges.
As part of a commitment to greater transparency, Eurostar is helping travellers find better deals, by simplifying its fare structure. Travellers can expect more flexibility with the removal of "stay away" conditions such as Saturday Night Away, One Night Away, Midweek Day Return and Weekend Day Return.
Nick Mercer, Eurostar's Commercial Director, commented:
"We want to help travellers who are planning a tour of Europe or who need the flexibility to return by a different route, by making low priced single fares available."
"We hope this greater range of fare options will allow travellers to make even more use of Europe's high-speed rail network and exploit the environmental advantages of train over plane for seamless rail journeys."
As part of the changes and in a move that more accurately reflects the product offering, Leisure Select fares have increased. The new lead-in fare for Leisure Select return travel from London – Paris/Brussels is £175 return. Passengers travelling Leisure Select benefit from more spacious seats, roomier carriages, a 3-course meal with wine*, complimentary newspapers and magazines, and excellent 'at seat' service.
Eurostar continues to offer its widely available lead-in return fare of £59 which has gone unchanged for over six years.
*Alcohol is available by request on outbound services before 9h30
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Notes to Editors
1. Eurostar is the high-speed passenger service linking the UK and mainland Europe, providing carbon neutral journeys between St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar has two intermediate stations in Kent, serving south east England:
Ebbsfleet International close to junction 2 of the M25 and Bluewater shopping centre, with frequent services to Brussels and Paris, and with car parking, taxi and Avis car hire facilities.
Ashford International, with daily services to Paris, Disneyland Resort Paris, Brussels and Lille, and seasonal trains to the French Alps and Avignon.
Eurostar ticket holders can make connecting rail journeys to either Kent station for free from anywhere on the Southeastern trains network. They will also be able to connect with Southeastern's high-speed domestic services, which are due to begin later this year.
3. Under its Tread Lightly environmental plan, Eurostar has set a target of reducing CO2 emissions by 35% per traveller journey by 2012, compared with 2007. Because emissions cannot yet be eliminated, Eurostar is also the world's first train operator to make all journeys carbon neutral, at no extra cost to travellers. Based on comparisons of actual load factors and specific energy data, a Eurostar journey generates just one-tenth of the carbon dioxide of an equivalent flight.
4. Eurostar and Friends of the Earth are working together in the UK on Eurostar's Tread Lightly plan and Friends of the Earth's climate campaign. To find out more about Friends of the Earth visit www.friendsoftheearth.co.uk.
5. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, an alliance of 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 is an entirely separate company from Eurotunnel. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.
7. Eurostar single fares start from just £35 and return fares from only £59. Travellers can also buy connecting fares to the Continent from 150 towns and cities across the UK. Return ticket prices range from £65 and include Brighton from only £71 and Edinburgh from only £92. To book tickets or for more information, please visit www.eurostar.com or call 08705 186 186.
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