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 January 27, 2003
Rail Europe Eurostar Chunnel Promo

 Traveling on the Eurostar train through the Channel Tunnel between London and Paris or Brussels will be more affordable in 2003 thanks to two new fares announced by Rail Europe: 1) a special limited-time promotion for one-way tickets in standard class when purchased with transatlantic air and 2) a new discounted advance purchase roundtrip fare available all year.

Eurostar Early Bird Promotion -- Save 64%

The limited-time offer, Eurostar Early Bird Promotion, is for a $50 US/$83 CAN one-way fare in standard class available only on London-Paris route, which must be booked by February 15, with travel taking place in the summer June 15-August 27, 2003. Early Bird Promotion tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. The regular Leisure fare one-way in standard class is $139 US/$230 CAN. Proof of transatlantic air ticket purchase may be required.

New 60-day advance purchase roundtrip in 1st class - all year long

At $280 US/$ 462 CAN, the new 60-day advance purchase roundtrip fare in first class provides a 36% discount over the regular Leisure first class fare and a 49% discount over the fully-exchangeable regular first class fare. Previously, discounted advance purchase roundtrip fares were only available in standard class ($188 US/$ 312 CAN for 14-day advance purchase roundtrip; $130 US/$ 216 CAN for 60-day advance purchase roundtrip).

A minimum stay of two nights is required with this advance purchase fare, and tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. This new fare is valid between either London-Paris or London-Brussels. Travel in Eurostar's 1st class includes more spacious seating, a complimentary meal, beverages, newspapers, and reclining seats.

There are 21 departures daily in either direction between London and Paris, 10 departures between London and Brussels. Traveling at a top speed of 186 mph, Eurostar takes just 3 hours from London to Paris and only 2 hours 40 minutes from London to Brussels. Since its launch in 1994, Eurostar has carried more than 40 million passengers.