Santa brings Eurostar a brand new railway line

7 Nov 2003

Bookings are now open for Eurostar travel to the continent over the Christmas and New Year period. Eurostar will be operating every day except for Christmas Day and this is an excellent time to treat friends and family with a short break or a day trip. And this year, you can enjoy an even faster journey with high speed rail travel in the UK, thanks to the new railway line now open from North Kent to the Channel Tunnel.
Eurostar fares are available from as little as £59 return to Paris or Brussels or £55 to Lille. These fares can now be obtained without any stay away conditions provided you book at least 21 days in advance (see notes to editors for fuller details).

  • Visit the Christmas Markets - those in Lille and Brussels are particularly attractive, and can be easily seen during a day trip!
  • Go Christmas shopping in Europe's top fashion stores, hunt for antiques, taste the chocolates, and visit the New Year sales for extra bargains!
  • Disneyland Resort Paris provides a unique Christmas experience for young and old!
  • It's the ski season again! The ever popular Eurostar ski service will operate through to the French Alps.

Disneyland Resort Paris - additional trains
Take the Disneyland Express for an exciting ride for all the family! Both for little kids and big kids the holiday starts at Waterloo International. On departing the terminal the Eurostar gradually starts gathering speed as it travels on existing lines out of London. Then, just outside London Eurostar bursts onto the new UK high speed line and hurtles through Kent at 186mph. This is the first big ride for the whole family to experience. The thrills and spills of Big Thunder Mountain, the Rock 'n Roller Coaster and Space Mountain are still to come.
This year, in addition to the regular daily service direct to Disneyland Resort Paris, Eurostar will for the first time provide additional trains to Disneyland outward from Waterloo and Ashford on 23, 24 and 30 December and from Disneyland on 26,27 December and 2 January. These trains will cater for the extra demand during the holiday rush and are timed to make things easier for people travelling from outside London. Bookings for the direct Disneyland service, which runs daily throughout the year, are now open until 30 June.
Ski train season
The ever-popular ski trains to Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice will start on 19 December (night train) and 20 December (day train), then run every weekend until 10 April 2004 outbound, with the last return trains on April 17. Fares start at £179 return and can now be booked for the whole season.
The ski services continue to grow in popularity and carried over 38,000 people last year, 18% more than the year before. There was also a 10% growth in passengers taking Eurostar with TGV connections to other locations such as Grenoble and Annecy.
The increase in demand illustrates how ski enthusiasts appreciate the benefits of fast, direct rail services. This is because the network of railway stations takes you high into the mountains before a short shuttle bus journey takes skiers to the famous Alpine resorts which include Courchevel, Meribel, Tignes, La Plagne and Les Arcs. Travelling by air involves lengthy coach journeys from the airports to the resorts.