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New Direct Eurostar London to the South of France

Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:36 on Friday 12 December 2014

Dining alfresco in the centre of Avignon. Photo © Avignon TourismeDining alfresco in the centre of Avignon. Photo © Avignon TourismeTickets for Eurostar’s new year-round service to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille have gone on sale today.

The journey travels from London and Ashford to the centre of Lyon in just over four and a half hours, to Avignon in under six hours, and Marseille in just over six hours.

Tickets for the new year-round route start at £89 return for Lyon and £99 return for Avignon and Marseille, with up to five services a week, depending on the time of year.

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With the new route comes new partnerships for Eurostar’s 2 for 1 offer for entry to temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, simply by showing your Eurostar ticket. The MuCEM in Marseille, a national museum dedicated to Mediterranean cultures, and the Musée des Confluences in Lyon (opening 20th December 2014), a science centre and anthropology museum, are both now part of this offer.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, said: "Brits have a long standing love affair with the south of France, and our new service brings the gastronomy, culture and art from the region closer to the UK. Eurostar provides an effortless and seamless journey all year round whether it’s for a gastronomic weekend in Lyon, or to soak up Marseille’s sunshine."

Passengers travelling from France back to the UK can board their train without the need to arrive 30 minutes before departure, because check-in, security and immigration checks will take place at Lille Europe, where customers leave the train before continuing the journey to Ashford and London.  Lille Europe has recently re-opened following extension and refurbishment in preparation for welcoming passengers from Lyon and the South of France.

Timetables

  

  

Sun & Bank Holidays

Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat

 

  

  

9087 

  

  

9084 

9084 

  

Marseille 

Dep 

15:22

London 

Dep 

07:15

07:19

 

Avignon TGV 

Arr 

Dep 

15:55

15:58

Ashford 

Arr 

Dep 

07:49

07:54

07:49

07:55

 

Lyon Part Dieu 

Arr 

Dep

17:14

17:25

Lyon Part Dieu

Arr

Dep

13:00

13:05

13:00

13:05

 

Lille Europe

Immigration

Arr

Dep

20:21

21:36

Avignon TGV

Arr

Dep

14:08

14:11

14:08

14:11

 

Ashford

Arr

Dep

21:34

21:40

Marseille

Arr

14:46

14:46

 

London

Arr

22:12

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey times:

Best Journey Times from St Pancras International

Lyon Part Dieu

4hrs 41mins

Avignon TGV

5hrs 49mins

Marseille St Charles

6hrs 27mins

Best Journey Times to London

Lyon Part Dieu

5hrs 47mins

Avignon TGV

7hrs 14mins

Marseille St Charles

7hrs 50mins

Best Journey Times from Ashford

Lyon Part Dieu                     

4hrs 5mins

Avignon TGV

5hrs 13mins

Marseille St Charles

5hrs 51mins

Best Journey Times to Ashford

Lyon Part Dieu

5hrs 9mins

Avignon TGV

6hrs 36mins

Marseille St Charles

7hrs 12mins

Posted by Richard Hammond

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