12/12/2014 EUROSTAR OPENS BOOKINGS FOR NEW YEAR-ROUND SERVICE ALL THE WAY TO LYON AND THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

12 Dec 2014

First service leaves St Pancras International on 1 May 2015, with return fares from  £89

Tickets for Eurostar’s new year-round service to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille are now on sale, with fares starting from just £89 return in Standard Class, and £189 in Standard Premier, all through the year.  

Travellers can look forward to a seamless journey, from the heart of London or Ashford 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 of Marseille in just over six hours.

Tickets for the new year-round route start at £89 return for Lyon and £99 return for Avignon and Marseille, with up to five services a week, depending on the time of year.

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 (opening 20th December 2014), a science centre and anthropology museum, are both now part of this offer.

Lyon makes an ideal city break destination, whether it’s to marvel at the Fête des Lumières (one of the biggest festive gatherings in the world), sample the cuisine that France’s gastronomic capital has become famous for, or visit one of the many museums and cultural destinations around the UNESCO World Heritage site. 

From Avignon and Marseille, it’s easy to explore the Provencal region and experience the landscapes loved by Cezanne and Van Gogh, or explore the culture, art, and many museums and galleries of Marseille, European Capital of Culture, 2013.  Eurostar’s partnership with Avis offers customers 10% off car hire, providing freedom to explore the region even further.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, says; “Brits have a long standing love affair with the south of France, and our new service brings the gastronomy, culture and art from the region closer to the UK. Eurostar provides an effortless and seamless journey all year round whether it’s for a gastronomic weekend in Lyon, or to soak up Marseille’s sunshine.

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 https://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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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. 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 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.
  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.

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