01/05/2015 EUROSTAR SETS OFF TO THE SUNSHINE

1 May 2015

Holiday atmosphere comes to Eurostar stations, as inaugural service departs St Pancras International for Lyon, Avignon and Marseille

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Today, Eurostar launched its new year-round service direct from London to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille, with the first train departing St Pancras International this morning. From just £89 return, passengers can speed across the French countryside to reach the gastronomy, lavender fields and sunshine of  these new destinations, now within easy reach of the heart of London or Ashford.

The South of France holiday atmosphere has arrived in Eurostar stations this weekend, with customers being offered speciality foods from the new destinations and the chance to win tickets, amongst other surprises. Travellers on the inaugural journey will be welcomed on board by Eurostar staff sporting a brand new uniform to reflect the new destination – a striped t-shirt and straw hat. Standard Premier customers on board will enjoy a menu inspired by the destination, featuring lavender shortbread and Provencal chicken.

Fares start at £89 return in Standard Class for travel to Lyon or £99 for Avignon and Marseille (from £189 and £199 in Standard Premier) throughout the whole year, with children under 4 travelling for free.  A seamless journey takes travellers to the centre of Lyon, the French capital of gastronomy in just over four and a half hours, the sunny Provencal lavender fields in under six hours, or the bright lights and sunny coastline of Marseille in just over six hours. 

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, says: “We’re delighted to send off our very first Eursotar passengers to Lyon and the South of France today, and with strong advance ticket sales, we look forward to welcoming many more in the coming months. Our new service brings the gastronomy, culture and art of the regions closer to the UK, with an effortless journey available all year round.”

With the new route comes exciting new partnerships for Eurostar’s 2 for 1 offer for entry to temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, simply by showing your Eurostar ticket. The MuCEM in Marseille, a national museum dedicated to Mediterranean cultures, and the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, which presents the story of human adventure from our origins to the present day, are both now part of this offer.

Passengers travelling from France back to the UK can board their train without the need to arrive 30 minutes before departure, because check-in, security and immigration checks will take place at Lille Europe, where customers leave the train before continuing the journey to Ashford and London.  Lille Europe has recently re-opened following extension and refurbishment in preparation for welcoming passengers from Lyon and the South of France.

For more information or to book Eurostar tickets visit http://www.eurostar.com or call the Eurostar contact centre on 03432 186 186 or +44 (0)1233 617 575 if calling from outside the UK.

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Notes to Editors

Timetables

 

 

 

Sun & Bank Holidays

Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat

 

 

 

9087

 

 

9084

9084

 

Marseille

Dep

15:22

London

Dep

07:15

07:19

 

Avignon TGV

Arr
Dep

15:55
15:58

Ashford

Arr
Dep

07:49
07:54

07:49
07:55

 

Lyon Part Dieu

Arr
Dep

17:14
17:25

Lyon Part Dieu

Arr
Dep

13:00
13:05

13:00
13:05

 

Lille Europe
Immigration

Arr
Dep

20:21
21:36

Avignon TGV

Arr
Dep

14:08
14:11

14:08
14:11

 

Ashford

Arr
Dep

21:34
21:40

Marseille

Arr

14:46

14:46

 

London

Arr

22:12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

May – June
(From 1st May)

 

 

 

 

July – Aug
(From 5th July)

 

 

Sept – Oct
From w/c 31st Aug)

 

 

 

 

Nov – Dec
(From w/c 2nd Nov)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey times:

Best Journey Times from St Pancras International

Lyon Part Dieu

4hrs 41mins

Avignon TGV

5hrs 49mins

Marseille St Charles

6hrs 27mins

Best Journey Times to London

Lyon Part Dieu

5hrs 47mins

Avignon TGV

7hrs 14mins

Marseille St Charles

7hrs 50mins

Best Journey Times from Ashford

Lyon Part Dieu                       

4hrs 5mins

Avignon TGV

5hrs 13mins

Marseille St Charles

5hrs 51mins

Best Journey Times to Ashford

Lyon Part Dieu

5hrs 9mins

Avignon TGV

6hrs 36mins

Marseille St Charles

7hrs 12mins

 

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. 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 150 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.com