04/12/2012 Bonnes vacances: Eurostar trials new direct spring service to lyon & provence

4 Dec 2012
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service linking London and mainland Europe is launching a new direct service from London and Ashford to three popular holiday destinations in the South of France - Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence.

The new weekly spring service, which complements Eurostar's existing Avignon services, is perfect for travellers looking to secure an early summer getaway. The service will be offered for a trial period during May and June 2013 and tickets will go on sale on the 11 December 2012 alongside tickets for Eurostar's existing weekly summer services to Avignon.

Passengers who choose the new Lyon - Provence service for travel from 4 May to the 29 June 2013 will enjoy a direct journey from London St Pancras International or Ashford International to Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, travelling non-stop through the magnificent French countryside. On the return leg, they will disembark in Lille Europe to complete the necessary security and passport checks required for transit through the Channel Tunnel before re-boarding a dedicated Eurostar service to the UK.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director for Eurostar commented, "Our direct Avignon summer services grow in popularity year on year and our customers tell us they'd like to see it extended to offer even more choice of holiday destinations. We're committed to listening to their feedback, which is why we're testing this new service to Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, three of the most popular destinations in the South of France.

"By trialling this new service for future years, and by opening sales to our existing annual summer Avignon services earlier than usual, we are giving customers even more flexibility and choice when planning their trips to the South of France next year. Journeys with Eurostar avoid the summer scramble at the airports and we encourage passengers to book early to avoid disappointment."

Return fares for 2013 Lyon and Provence services start from £99 for Lyon and £109 for Avignon and Aix-en-Provence in Standard class and £199 and £249 in Standard Premier respectively.

Eurostar's direct summer Avignon services are once again available from only £109 return in Standard class and £249 return in Standard Premier.

All Eurostar tickets are available from www.eurostar.com, by calling 03448 224 777, at Eurostar stations or from travel agents.

Sales and pricing
Services will open for sale on 11 December 2012.