Explore Provence with Eurostar direct services to Avignon this summer

20 May 2011

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service between the UK and mainland Europe is offering direct weekly summer services to Avignon in the heart of Provence, from 9 July to 10 September 2011.

With these special direct summer services it is quick and easy for passengers to visit the stunning Provence region of France. The less than six hours journey from London St Pancras allows passengers to enjoy the magnificent views of the French countryside, before they arrive in the heart of this beautifully historic city of art and culture.

Book early to avoid disappointment and if direct services are full, Eurostar offers connecting services all year round, which take just under six hours to arrive into Avignon TGV station, which is located just outside the town centre.

Direct tickets are available from £109 return in Standard class and £249 return in Standard Premier. Connecting fares are also available from over 300 towns and cities across the UK, including Cambridge from £131 return, Birmingham from £133 return, Bristol from £139 return and Newcastle from £149 return.

Tickets for the Avignon direct summer service and for connecting services all year round are available from www.eurostar.com, by calling 03448 224 777, at Eurostar stations or from travel agents.

Note to editors:

About the Avignon Direct Service:

Check-in:
The recommended check-in time for the direct Eurostar to Avignon is 60 minutes before departure.

Timetable (all times are local):

Outbound1

St Pancras International 07h17

Ashford International 07h55

Avignon Centre 14h08

Avignon Centre 16h24

Inbound2

Ashford International 20h33

St Pancras International 21h09

1. From Saturday 9 July to Saturday 3 September 2011

2. From Saturday 16 July to Saturday 10 September 2011

There will be nine services weekly from St Pancras to Avignon Centre next summer, starting on Saturday 9July 2011.

Avignon train stations

Avignon Centre Station is the city centre station and is distinct from Avignon TGV station, which is on the TGV Med high-speed line. A shuttle bus operates between the two stations, which runs about every 20 minutes and takes approximately 10 minutes. Cost is approximately 3 euros for a single journey.

About Eurostar:

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 was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.

3. The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 115 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.

4. 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.

5. 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.

For more information contact:

Eurostar Press Office
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