18/12/2013 Christmas cheer for Eurostar passengers

18 Dec 2013

Eurostar is gearing up for a cracking Christmas, with more than 420,000 people expected to travel with the high-speed rail operator - a 11% rise in passenger numbers compared with the equivalent festive holiday period in 2012 *.

More than 210,000 Brits will escape the UK for a festive break in Europe with Paris, Disneyland Paris and the French and Swiss Alps proving to be the most popular Eurostar destinations. Friday 20, Friday 27 and Monday 30 December are the busiest days for departures, and there will be a party atmosphere in all Eurostar stations up to the big day itself.

Passengers travelling from London St Pancras, Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International over the Christmas period will be treated to an early Christmas gift, with a range of free festive activities on offer in the Eurostar departure lounges. Father Christmas is taking time out of his busy schedule to entertain the kids from the 21 to 24 December, whilst the grownups can enjoy a range of surprises including upgrades and business lounge access.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director for Eurostar said; "There's always a great atmosphere in our stations at this time of year, and this Christmas will be no exception. Our French and Swiss services have proved particularly popular this year as the British lover affair with the slopes continues to snowball. For any travellers looking for a last minute getaway, there are tickets remaining for our first Swiss ski service of the season, departing this weekend."

Eurostar travellers are able to use their Eurostar ticket to receive 2-for-1 entry into paying exhibitions at a selection of top museums and galleries in Paris, Brussels and Lille.

For more information, to book Eurostar tickets or purchase Eurostar gift vouchers visit www.eurostar.com or call 08432 186 186.

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Notes to Editors *Period from Friday 20 December to Friday 3 January 2014, compared to period from Friday 21 December – Friday 4 January 2013

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 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.

For more information:
Eurostar Press Office 
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