Paris and Brussels tube and bus tickets for sale

9 Jan 2009

-- Eurostar makes it even easier to get around Paris, Brussels and London
Eurostar, the high-speed rail service that links UK, France and Belgium, is now offering its travellers the opportunity to buy public transport tickets for all its core destinations directly on board the trains.
RATP tube tickets (Réseau autonome des transports parisiens- Paris public transport system) and STIB tickets (Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles – Brussels public transport system) are now available for sale on Eurostar. The move follows the recent introduction of Visitor Oyster cards for use in London.
This system allows Eurostar travellers to save time, avoiding the lengthy queues that might be experienced upon arrival on the continent to buy tube tickets. It also facilitates quicker connections onto a domestic train when a change of station is required. Tickets can either be bought in euros or pounds at travellers' convenience.
Simon Montague, Eurostar's Director of Communications, commented: "Selling Paris and Brussels tube and bus tickets and London's Visitor Oyster cards on board really helps travellers to speed up the journey to their final destinations. Public transport is the best value option that allows them to save money for site-seeing and shopping, and helps travellers to reduce the environmental impact of their onward travel."
* for more information on the validity of the tickets, please visit the following websites: www.ratp.fr, www.stib.be, www.tfl.gov.uk. Tickets’ validity is subject to the respective terms and conditions of RATP, STIB & Tfl.
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Notes to Editors:
1. 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. Eurostar offers through fares to the Continent with First Great Western, National Express East Anglia, First Capital Connect, Virgin Trains, National Express East Coast, East Midlands Trains, London Midland, Chiltern Railways and Hull Trains.
3. Ebbsfleet International in north Kent is close to junction 2 of the M25 and Bluewater shopping centre, serving 10 million people across southern and eastern England. It offers frequent services to Brussels and Paris, with ample parking and taxi and Avis car hire facilities.
4. Ashford International in Kent provides three services a day to Paris, a daily service to Disneyland Resort Paris and seasonal weekly services to the French Alps and Avignon.
5. Eurostar is the world's first train operator to make all journeys carbon neutral. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris generates one-tenth of the carbon dioxide produced by an equivalent flight. Under its Tread Lightly initiative, Eurostar has set a target of further reducing its CO2 emissions by 25% per traveller journey by 2012.
6. Eurostar and Friends of the Earth are working together in the UK on Eurostar's Tread Lightly initiative and The Big Ask, Friends of the Earth's climate campaign. To find out more about Friends of the Earth visit www.friendsoftheearth.co.uk.
7. 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.
8. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.
9. To book through fares via Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com or call 08705 186 186.
For more information:Eurostar Press Office+44 (0)20 7843 5500press.office@eurostar.co.uk
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