Eurostar offers more than 80,000 £89 return tickets to Cologne and Amsterdam

20 Oct 2010

Eurostar, the high-speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, today announced the sale of more than 80,000 tickets at the guaranteed price of £89 return for holidays to Amsterdam2 or Cologne.

The special fares, which are now available for booking, have been released to encourage travellers to ditch the plane and experience the comfort and ease of high speed3 rail travel to the Netherlands and Germany.

With the recent upgrading of Europe's high speed rail network, it has never been easier for passengers to venture further by rail beyond Eurostar's core routes of Paris and Brussels. With a journey time between London and Cologne of just over 4 hours and Amsterdam accessible in around 5 hours, passengers are increasingly discovering the convenience of high speed rail travel to city centres across Europe.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, said:
"High-speed rail travel in Europe is more appealing than ever, with thousands of people enjoying the hassle-free experience of travelling by Eurostar.

"These great value fares give passengers the opportunity to explore new destinations and with 30 minute check-in, no taxes for baggage or hand luggage, we are seeing more and more passengers ditching the plane for the train, whenever they can."

Last week Eurostar announced a major capital investment of £700m in its fleet. This includes the complete overhaul and redesign of its existing fleet as well as the purchase of 10 new trains. The new Eurostar e320 trains will be equipped to travel direct to a range of city centre destinations beyond Eurostar's core routes of London-Paris and London-Brussels.

Tickets are available from eurostar.com or by calling 03448 224 777.

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Note to editors:
1. The promotional tickets are on sale now and are for travel between 19November and 29 January.

2. Promotional tickets are eligible for travel to Amsterdam or to any other station throughout the Netherlands (Any Dutch Station). Previously available through the Eurostar contact centre, the 'Any Dutch Station' tickets are available for the first time, from today, at eurostar.com.

3. The 80,000 £89 tickets are for travel between the UK and Cologne on Eurostar connecting with Thalys at Brussels Midi and the UK and the Netherlands connecting at Brussels Midi with traditional Benelux services (non-high speed). Tickets for travel to Amsterdam with Eurostar and Thalys high-speed trains are available at eurostar.com and start from £116 return.

For more information contact:

Eurostar Press Office
Eurostar
t:0044 (0)20 7843 5500
e:press.office@eurostar.com