Eurostar Launches the "Lille Deal"

9 Aug 2005
  • Special discounts and promotional offers in shops, bars and restaurants for Eurostar passengers until 31st December!
  • Fares from just £55 return
  • Only 1h 40 mins from London

Eurostar the fast passenger service linking the UK with France and Belgium is launching an initiative with the northern French city of Lille whereby over 60 shops, bars and restaurants will provide discounts or special deals for Eurostar passengers showing their Eurostar tickets.
Lille is only 1h40 minutes from London, and an hour less from Ashford, in Kent. There is a frequent Eurostar service with up to 10 trains a day serving Lille Europe station which is only a short walk to the city centre.
Lille boasts an amazing array of shops from designer boutiques and gift shops, to perfumeries, wine merchants and an enormous selection of other stores specialising in clothes, shoes and home furnishing. There is a wonderful selection of restaurants from the traditional to the more modern and these are complemented by lots of bars which also offer a range of snacks and "plats de jour", dishes of the day.
All those participating in the scheme will be displaying a Eurostar badge on the front window of their premises for easy identification. Eurostar's UK passengers can show their valid tickets to the service staff to claim their discount or special deal. Full information on what the offers are and the addresses of the premises can all be found in the Lille destination guide on (click through to Destination-Lille and then click on the Lille Deal). The online Lille destination guide also recommends the best events, parks, gardens and museums in the city.
Eurostar's Director of Communications, Paul Charles, commented: "Lille has so much to offer visitors and it's not just shops. There's the Palais des Beaux Arts, the largest art museum in France besides the Louvre, to the famous Braderie which is Europe's largest flea market held annually on the first weekend of September every year. The Lille Deal gives Eurostar passengers the chance to maximise on their trips, as well as making the best use of their budgets."
Notes to Editors
1. Eurostar is the fast train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. From 1 September 2005, Eurostar will divide its first-class into separate business and leisure carriages: Business Premier and Leisure Select. Standard Class carriages will remain.
3. Eurostar was named "Train Operator of the Year" at the National Rail Awards 2004; "World's Leading Rail Service" in the 2003 and 2004 World Travel Awards; "Best Rail Network" at the Business Travel World Awards 2004 and "Best Rail Operator" at the Travel Weekly Globe Awards 2004.
4. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
5. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to , call 08705 186186 or contact your travel agent.