The Great Easter Getaway

21 Apr 2011

Eurostar reports an 8% surge in Easter weekend bookings

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service between the UK and mainland Europe has reported an 8%1 surge in outbound bookings for Easter bank holiday weekend, compared to the same Easter weekend last year.

Thousands of people from across the UK are expected to travel with Eurostar this weekend to France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany for a spring break. As the 'great Easter getaway' gets underway, Eurostar has also seen a surge in inbound bookings to London for the royal wedding – making this a 'honeymoon' period for the travel industry.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director for Eurostar said:
"We're expecting this to be our busiest Easter weekend for years with tens of thousands of people travelling on Eurostar for a weekend away. Paris, Brussels and Disneyland Paris remain amongst our most popular destinations for short breaks, but Amsterdam, Cologne and Marseille are increasing in popularity as more people take advantage of fast connecting high speed rail services to travel further with us.

"At the same time we're equally seeing a surge in bookings to London for the royal wedding weekend. We're expecting thousands of Europeans to travel to London with Eurostar to see Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot, as London prepares for royal wedding fever."

With convenient connections and fast journey times, it's easy to travel between London and the continent with Eurostar. Journey times between London and Bruges are just over three hours, London and Amsterdam and London and Cologne are just over four hours and between London and Marseille just over six hours.

For more information, to book Eurostar tickets or purchase Eurostar gift vouchers visit www.eurostar.com or call 03448 224 777.

Note to editors:

1. From Thursday 21 April 2011 to Monday 25 April 2011, compared with Thursday 01 April 2010 to Monday 05 Aprl 2010

About Eurostar

· 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.

· 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.

· 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.

· 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.

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