|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.