02/10/2014 EUROSTAR ANNOUNCES NEW YEAR-ROUND CONNECTING SERVICE TO GENEVA

2 Oct 2014

Eurostar has today announced a new year-round service to Geneva via Lille, in partnership with international high-speed train service “TGV Lyria”. From Thursday 9th October, travellers will be able to purchase tickets for the new Swiss route, with the inaugural service leaving London St. Pancras on the 14th December 2014.

With an easy connection on to a “TGV Lyria” service in Lille Europe, passengers can travel from London to Geneva in just over 6 hours1 with services specially timed to ensure a fast transfer between the two trains. 

Recent Eurostar customer research2 revealed that Geneva is one of the most desirable destinations for UK travellers. With four3 daytime services each week, the new Geneva service means passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy beautiful views of France and Switzerland before they arrive.

For those wishing to venture further, the new route offers passengers a convenient way to travel to some of the most popular destinations in Switzerland, with simple onward connections from Geneva to Aigle, Martigny, Sion, Sierre, Visp and Brig.

The new route is the latest addition to Eurostar’s growing list of destinations, with a direct service to Lyon and Marseille starting in May next year, followed by Amsterdam in late 2016. The new Swiss service coincides with the refurbishment of Lille Europe station designed to significantly increase the capacity of the Eurostar terminal in order to accommodate growth in the number of connecting passengers. The new look Eurostar terminal will be unveiled in December this year.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, said: “Today’s announcement marks another major milestone in our ambition to encourage more people to travel further by high-speed rail. Our research shows a real appetite for a more civilised way to reach popular European destinations, and this new connecting service offers easy access for customers looking for a city break in Geneva or to reach some of the most spectacular ski resorts in Europe.  With city-centre to city-centre travel and a generous baggage allowance, the new offer proposes an attractive alternative to flying.

Return fares start from £116. For more information or to book Eurostar tickets visit www.eurostar.com or call the Eurostar contact centre on 08432 186 186.

 

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Notes to Editors

  1. Outbound London to Geneva will take 6 hours 18 minutes with a 37 minute connection in Lille
  2. Ipsos MORI survey commissioned by Eurostar carried out in October 2013 of 1,742 people in Great Britain travelling to Europe in the next two years
  3. Services will run on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

 

Timetables

 

London to Geneva

  Running: Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
London Dep. 12:58
Ebbsfleet Dep. 13:15
Lille Dep. 15:30
Lille Dep. 16:07
Geneva Dep. 20:16

Geneva to London 

  Running: Monday, Thursday, Saturday Running: Sunday
Geneva Dep. 08:30 Dep 10:30
Lille Arr. 12:57 Arr. 14:45
Lille Dep. 13:30 Dep. 15:30
Ebbsfleet Arr. 13:45 Arr. 15:45
London Arr. 14:05 Arr. 16:05

 

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 e320 will carry around 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.

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:

Eurostar Press Office 

020 7843 5500

press.office@eurostar.co.uk

 

About TGV Lyria

  1. Lyria SAS is a subsidiary of SNCF and SBB (Swiss Federal Railways).
  1. TGV Lyria runs up to 20 daily high-speed services between France and Switzerland.
  1. All TGV Lyria services leave from Paris Gare de Lyon to Basel, Zurich, Bern, Interlaken, Neuchâtel, Lausanne, Vallorbe and Geneva. Services calling Basel and Zurich use the new high-speed line between Dijon and Belfort (Rhine-Rhône line), with six daily round trips. More information: www.tgv-lyria.com