Eurostar is set for a Bumper Summer

27 Jun 2011


Extra services scheduled to meet high demand

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service between the UK and mainland Europe is scheduling 16 extra services on its London to Paris route, and seven extra services on its London to Disneyland Paris routes this summer to meet heightened demand.

Over 950,000 passengers are expected to travel on Eurostar in July alone making this a bumper summer for high speed rail travel.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director for Eurostar said: "In addition to a significant increase in the number of passengers taking our direct services, we're seeing more and more passengers connect beyond Paris, Lille and Brussels.

"With convenient connections, fast journey times and clear environmental advantages people across the UK are starting to see how easy it is to travel across Europe by high speed rail. From destinations like Provence to Bruges, Amsterdam and Cologne, the increase in people booking connecting journeys with Eurostar is helping to fuel a rail renaissance."

Eurostar will run 16 extra services on its London to Paris route from the 8– 31 July on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Seven extra services will run on the London to Disneyland Paris route between 19 July and 27 August, with prices on all services starting from £69 return.

It's quick and easy to travel between London and the continent with Eurostar. Journey times between London and Disneyland Paris are only two and half hours, London and Amsterdam and London and Cologne are just over four hours and between London and Avignon it's less than six hours. Passengers can also take advantage of generous and free baggage allowances and speedy 30 minute check-in.*

For more information, to book Eurostar tickets or purchase Eurostar gift vouchers visit or call 03448 224 777.

Note to editors:

* 30 minute check-in is advised for services to Paris, Lille, Brussels and Disneyland Paris. For Avignon or the Eurostar ski services passengers are advised to leave 60 minutes for check-in

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 115 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.

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 contact:

Eurostar Press Office
t:0044 (0)20 7843 5500