Vive la (south of) France: New Eurostar services from Ashford to Provence
Avignon is on the destination board of new weekly
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
Eurostar is launching a new high-speed rail service from Ashford
International to the south of France.
Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence will be on the destination
board of the new weekly service, which is being added to Eurostar's
existing Avignon services.
It will operate for a trial period from May 4 to June 29, with
tickets going on sale December 11.
Passengers on the new Lyon - Provence service will have a direct
journey from London St Pancras International or Ashford
International to Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence.
But on the return journey, they will have to disembark at Lille
Europe to complete security and passport checks before
re-boarding a Eurostar service to the UK.
Eurostar commerical director Nick Mercer said: "Our direct
Avignon summer services grow in popularity year on year and our
customers tell us they'd like to see it extended to offer even more
choice of holiday destinations.
"By trialling this new service for future years, and by opening
sales to our existing annual summer Avignon services earlier than
usual, we are giving customers even more flexibility and choice
when planning their trips to the south of France next year."
Return fares for 2013 Lyon and Provence services start from
£99 for Lyon and £109 for Avignon and Aix-en-Provence in standard
class, and £199 and £249 in standard premier respectively.
Eurostar's direct summer Avignon services are available from
£109 return in standard class and £249 return in standard
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