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Inaugurated in 1994 following the completion of the undersea Channel Tunnel linking England with France, Eurostar is a high-speed international passenger-rail service.
Modern and comfortable, Eurostar's fleet of thirty-eight modified Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) trains, consisting of two power cars and either fourteen or eighteen passenger carriages, can travel at speeds of up to 160km/h on standard track increasing to 300km/h on high-speed rails. This enables the standard journey from London to Paris to be completed in just two hours and fifteen minutes.
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Easy Access to Mainland Europe
In the UK, the Eurostar's terminal is London St. Pancras, although it may also be boarded at Ebbsfleet International Station and Ashford International Station, both in Kent. The Eurostar emerges from the Channel Tunnel on the outskirts of Calais, France calling at the Gare de Calais-Fréthun.
It then continues to the historic city of Lille where, depending upon the service boarded the train continues south-west to Paris or eastwards to Brussels-South Station, in Belgium's capital city. A direct service to Disneyland Paris is also available.
A recent addition to Eurostar's network provides a weekly summer service directly from London to Avignon at the heart of France's beautiful Provence region.
Travel in Comfort and Style
Eurostar offers leisure passengers two classes of travel:
Although Eurostar's least expensive class of travel, Standard class passengers enjoy spacious carriages with air conditioning, and access to either of the train's on-board bar/buffet cars. Alternatively, Standard class passengers may bring aboard and consume their own snacks and drinks. A limited number of power sockets, conforming to both British and continental standards, are available to passengers wishing to use or charge electrical items such as mobile phones and laptops. Standard class passengers must check-in thirty minutes before the train's departure.
Standard Premier Class
Passengers travelling Standard Premier Class with Eurostar enjoy larger and more comfortable seats with greater legroom, and every seat has a dedicated electrical outlet. Complimentary magazines are available and the fare includes an at-seat service of a light cold-buffet style meal and drinks including red or white wine, tea, coffee or fruit juice.
More about the Eurostar
The Eurostar's distinctive blue, yellow, white and grey livery was given a makeover in 2014. This coincides with a program of renewal of the trains' interior furnishings due for completion in 2015; a task previously assigned to the renowned French designer Phillipe Starck in 2004.
If filled to capacity, a Eurostar train is designed to transport 770 passengers - approximately twice the maximum number that a Boeing 747 airliner can carry.
Travelling by Eurostar is more environmentally friendly and more popular than taking a flight to the same destination. Simpler administration processes and fewer delays at each end ensure that taking the Eurostar train is the fastest and most enjoyable means of travelling from the UK to France for onward connections to mainland Europe.