Eurostar to Cut Travel Time London-Paris/London-Brussels this Fall; Tickets on Sale Now for Faster Journey
White Plains, NY, June 8, 2007 - For those eager to ride the sleek Eurostar train between downtown London-downtown Paris in just 2 hours 15 min. and between London-Brussels in is in 1 hr 51 min, tickets are now available from Rail Europe for travel from November 20, 2007.
Journey times on Eurostar will be faster thanks to the opening in November of the UK's first dedicated high-speed rail line (HS1) going all the way from the Channel Tunnel to Eurostar's new London terminal, St. Pancras International. Currently - and until November 14, Eurostar's London terminal is Waterloo International; on November 14, all Eurostar trains will travel to and from St. Pancras International. (Tickets for travel between November 14-19 will be available in July.)
With the dedicated HS1 track (for use by high-speed trains), Eurostar can travel at speeds up to 186 mph along the entire route. Currently using conventional track (i.e. not only for high-speed trains) for part of the journey, Eurostar takes 2 hrs 35 min to go between London-Paris, 2 hrs 15 min between London-Brussels. Dedicated track is also expected to increase Eurostar's already impressive on-time performance, which in 2006 was a record 91.5%, far outstripping airline competitors on the London-Paris and London-Brussels routes.
While journey times will improve, Eurostar ticket prices will remain the same. One-way tickets between London and either Paris or Brussels start at $94 US/$110 CAD in standard (2 nd) class; $167 US/$196 CAD in Leisure Select (1 st). Daytrip tickets (roundtrip on same day) are available starting at $101 US/$119 CAD.
With the opening of St. Pancras International, travelers arriving on Eurostar will have easy connections to seven domestic UK mainline rail services not only at St. Pancras, but also at King's Cross (next door) and Euston (nearby) stations, as well as six London Underground (subway) lines, providing links throughout the UK and making St. Pancras International ideal for tourists heading for other UK destinations, such as Cambridge, Edinburgh or York.
More than 75 million travelers have ridden Eurostar since the launch of service in 1994. Trains depart almost hourly from London and Paris. Agent commission starts at 5% for electronic bookings. To book Eurostar tickets or for additional information, log on to Rail Europe's Web site for agents: http://agent.raileurope.com or call Rail Europe at 1-800-EUROSTAR.
Photos: members of the press may download high-res photos of Eurostar and other European trains at www.raileurope.com/presspix