16/12/2013 Eurostar’s popular summer services to Avignon open for sale tomorrow

16 Dec 2013

Following the success of Eurostar's trial service to Lyon and Provence last spring, Eurostar's annual summer services direct to Avignon in the South of France will open for sale tomorrow earlier than usual and for an extended travel period. The 2014 weekly Avignon service will run between 28 June and 13 September, with fares available from only £109 return.

The 2014 Avignon service has been extended by two weeks following high demand for Eurostar's trial spring services to Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, which demonstrated that holidaymakers are keen to explore more of Provence. Based on the success of this trial, Eurostar intends to launch an extended year round service to the South of France in 2015.

For next year, travellers are advised to book early to secure their preferred travel dates. With direct journey times of less than six hours from London St Pancras International and Ashford International, the summer Avignon service is a perennial favourite with tickets selling faster each year.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director for Eurostar commented; "The popularity of our 2013 Lyon Provence trial and our annual summer Avignon services shows us that the Brits love affair with the South of France is stronger than ever. By opening sales to Avignon earlier than usual and by extending services we are serving the growing number of people choosing high-speed rail over air. Journeys with Eurostar avoid the summer scramble at the airports and increasingly passengers see their rail journey as part of the holiday itself."

Eurostar's direct summer Avignon services are available from only £109 return in Standard class and £249 return in Standard Premier. If direct services are full, Eurostar offers connecting services all year round which arrive into Avignon TGV station, located just outside the town centre. Tickets for the connecting services are available from 90 days in advance of travel from £119 return in Standard class and £239 return in Standard Premier.

Thanks to Eurostar's partnership with leading car rental company, Avis, passengers can also take advantage of exclusive rates and an on-board car hire check-in process that helps speed up queues when arriving at Avignon Centre station.

Tickets for Eurostar's Avignon direct summer services are available from www.eurostar.com, by calling 08432 186 186, at Eurostar stations or from travel agents.

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Notes to Editors
About Eurostar

  1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland® 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 130 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet. The new Eurostar e320 will carry more than 900 passengers at speeds of up to 320kph.
  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.

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