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Information about Eurostar to Calais, Lille, Paris and Brussels. Book a ticket direct and online.
2012 – Good news! Tickets now on sale from Belgium Railways whose website is easy to use and helpful. Eurostar, who seem to be concentrating on Business Customers and who have stopped sites like this getting commission, are as a result being ignored by sites involved in promoting travel to France and Belgium.
Belgium Railways say; "Travel from London to Europe by train with SNCB Europe – www.b-europe.com is a one-stop-shop for train travel in Europe. It is a handy new portal for UK customers to book and print tickets for journeys departing from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet and Ashford International to top destinations in Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, France and Germany. We've picked 135 of our favourite destinations and made them bookable online for British customers. Not only that, but we've made them home printable too. That means no queues or phone calls, no postage or pick up. And we have a contact centre filled with expert staff on hand to answer your questions and book your next rail adventure."
About Eurostar – Go via the channel tunnel on a day trip or holiday to Frethun (Calais), Brussels, Lille, Paris, Bourg St Maurice and Avignon (summer) for short breaks or shopping trips with Eurostar. You can take the TGV trains from each of these destinations (TGV stations).
Eurostar pricing is refreshingly honest when compared to the prices offered by some airline web sites.
For the cheapest tickets, try and book 90 days before you travel for journeys that include TGV trains, otherwise if it's just Eurostar you can book up to 120 days in advance. Also aim to leave before 7.00am and travel back after 7.00pm.
To find the cheapest prices, we suggest you use this link from SNCF, the French rail website. Although it only allows you to check prices from some French stations, it gives a useful indication which days are the cheapest to travel on. calendrier.voyages-sncf.com
June 2011 – Offers from Eurostar
October 2010 – As of 12th October Eurostar will no longer offer complimentary onward travel from Brussels to other stations within Belgium. Passengers will now be required to purchase a separate ticket in advance of travel upon arrival at Brussels Midi station.
July 2010 – Eurostar adds more trains to Paris. Eurostar has put on 20 extra trains during August to meet extra demand for seats to Paris. Tickets for the additional services – four each weekend – went on sale today (22nd July)), with each of the additional 15,000 seats priced at £69 return.
May 2010 – Eurostar adds new class. Eurostar is to introduce from 1st September a new class, "Standard Premier", designed to appeal to not only the more cost-conscious business traveller, but also leisure travellers who want that little bit extra space and service. This new class will replace Eurostar's existing Leisure Select class, which has been available since 2005. It is pitched between the fully-flexible Business Premier and Standard classes and offers a light meal served at the passenger's seat.
April 2010 – Eurostar currently operates as a partnership between three railway companies, but is moving towards being a single unified corporate entity (2010). Eurostar is trialling a service with SNCF (French Railways) to allow passengers to travel between the U.K. and Provence (connecting via Lille), in specially reserved coaches on connecting TGV's. Tickets for travel to Lyon and Marseille on connecting services will be on sale for travel from June 1 with prices starting at £109 return to Lyon and £119 return to Marseille. The option is likely to be extended to other destinations. Travel times to Marseilles will be about six and half hours, to Lyon around five. There is also a new leisure loyalty programme, Eurostar Plus, which has been introduced to provide cash-back to passengers. You can earn extra points by booking travel for friends and family. 2010 Eurostar fares start at £65 return (to Paris, Disneyland, and Belgium). You will need to book up to three months in advance or travel mid week to get this fare though (extended to four months in 2011). One way fares start at £35 to Paris and Brussels.
December 2009 – December Eurostar debacle, a statement from Eurotunnel
December 2009 – Eurostar, the high-speed provider of carbon neutral journeys between the United Kingdom and the Continent, has announced that tickets for its direct weekly summer services to Avignon will go on sale this month. Available from 22nd December 2009, the direct service to Provence will run every Saturday from London St Pancras International and Ashford International from 10 July to 4 September 2010.
September 2009 – Good news and bad news. Eurostar have scrapped the £5 booking fee for reservations made via its call centre. However they have now introduced a £3 credit card fee for online bookings. Use your debit card, as payments made this way remain free.
2009 – It's now possible to buy tickets for European rail travel from over 200 United Kingdom towns. This will increase to over 300 in the coming months. Next yearHigh-speed rail is capturing the public imagination as the new alternative to short-haul air for journeys across Europe", said Eurostar commercial director, Nick Mercer, will also see the launch of high-speed services between Brussels and Amsterdam which will put a range of Dutch cities within three to four hours of London by rail. EUROSTAR has confirmed a joint ticketing deal South West Trains, adding to other rail partnerships which mean it now offers fares from more than 200 towns and cities across Britain for high-speed travel to Europe.
Eurostar Terminals; St Pancras International (from 14th November 2007). Waterloo International is now closed to Eurostar trains. Ashford International is easy to get to via the M25 and M20. Park your car for £8.00 a day. Brussels Midi/Zuid is 10-20 minutes from the city centre. Lille Europe is just 5 minutes walk from the city centre.
Routes; London to Calais, Lille, Paris, and all the main cities of France. You can also easily go to Belgium cities and connect to other trains to take you to other E.U. countries.
– From Superbreak, Eurostar short breaks. Great value Eurostar Breaks are the ideal way to explore some of the best European city break destinations including Paris, Disneyland Paris, Lille, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Ostend. www.superbreak.com
Switzerland – It is also now possible to book to 18 Swiss stations as bookings are now made in conjunction with Swiss High speed operator Lyria.
Reservations; 08705 186 186 (there is a £5 charge for phone bookings)
General information; 08701 600 052 (From outside the United Kingdom please call 0044 207 922 4494).
There is an bus line "Interurbaines" that runs from the Central Station in Calais to the TGV at Frethune. Book a train. www.ter-sncf.com
The snow train previously operated by Rail Europe during the ski season, is no longer running.
However, Eurostar have a weekly direct train service to Aimé la Plagne, Albertville, Bourg-St-Maurice, Chambéry and Moutiers runs from mid December to mid April every year. Tickets go on sale around mid July (2012 – tickets on sale from 9.00am on 31st July). This is a good way to get to the French Alpes, as you have no luggage issues (and added expense). As always with Eurostar, you need to book very early to get the headline prices, usually four months in advance for normal fares.
You have two options; Eurostar, via Lille or Paris connects you to overnight trains from Calais or Paris, and TGV's from Lille or Paris, or take the ferry to Calais and board the train from there (save about £80).
2011/12 season – Eurostar will continue to provide a direct service twice weekly to Bourg St Maurice, calling en route at Moûtiers and Aime-La-Plagne or Bourg-St-Maurice, with the overnight service allowing skiers to enjoy more time on the slopes. The skitrain train offer access to a variety of ski destinations in the French Alps such as Courchevel, La Plagne, Tignes, Méribel, Les Arcs and allow advanced skiers, families or beginners to select a resort tailored to their needs.
From 17th December 2011 to 14th April 2012 you can hop on the Eurostar ski train at St Pancras International or Ashford International and be whisked direct to the resorts of Moutiers, Aime-la-Plagne or Bourg-St-Maurice at 186mph. Tickets are on sale from25th July 2010 at 9.00am and cost from £149.
Eurostar trains run direct from London to the French Alps on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings (trains run on Sundays during the Christmas and New Year periods) during the ski season, from 17th December 2011 to 14th April 2012 (last inbound service).
Direct trains returning to London leave the French Alps on Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons (trains will run on Sundays during the Christmas and New Year periods) during the ski season (Bourg St Maurice and Moutiers Salins Brides Les Bains only).
Please note that although you may book a journey to Aime la Plagne, you will need to travel to Bourg St Maurice or Moutiers les Bains in order to board your return train.
As well as for popular French ski destinations, tickets for resorts in Switzerland will be available later in the year thanks to onward connections in Paris. More and more of passengers are discovering the ease and convenience of onward travel thanks to Europe's high speed rail network.
Timetable / Book a ski train (click on "Destinations", then find "Ski" under "Core services".
The good news is that the Eurostar fares have fallen from £179 in 2008/9 to £149 this season (2011).
An alternative to taking the train all the way or going via Paris (change stations), is to take Eurostar to Lille Airport from Ebbsfleet International Station in Kent (good parking, but expensive at £11.50 a day). Air France flies to Lyon and Geneva from here.
You can get to Ebbsfleet via public transport for free though. On both Southeastern train services (Charing Cross and Victoria stations in London) and the local Fastrack bus service travel is free, just produce your proof of ticket purchase and identity
– Fastrack buses. www.go-fastrack.co.uk
Offers from Eurostar
Eurostar Plus Gourmet – Eurostar have teamed up with toptable.com to offer Eurostar ticketholders up to 50% off at selected restaurants in Paris, Lille and Brussels. The offer is valid for up to 5 days after arriving in Paris, Lille or Brussels.
2 for 1 Champagne – Passengers can also make the most of 2 for 1 on a glass of Champagne at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. This offer is valid on the day of travel for each person holding a valid Eurostar ticket. All you need to do is present your Eurostar ticket to get 2 glasses of bubbly for the price of 1!
Eurostar Plus Culture – Get 2 for 1 entry in selected museums and galleries in Paris and Brussels on presentation of a valid Eurostar ticket. The offer is available for up to 5 days after arriving in Paris / Brussels and can be used at the following museums and galleries:
In Paris; Musee d'Orsay, Les Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Le musee du quai Branly, La Cite de la musique, Le Jeu de Paume, Le Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris.
In Brussels; Bozar, The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (including the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art), Musical Instrument Museum.