As we enter 2014 Eurostar starts its twentieth year of operation and the international high speed rail operator has had something to celebrate during the festive season. 2013 has seen Eurostar carry, for the first time, ten million passengers in a single year.
This landmark achievement brings the total number of passengers who have travelled with Eurostar since operations began in November 1994 to an impressive 140 million. Since then, annual passenger numbers have grown steadily as more and more people experience the excitement and perhaps more importantly the convenience of a journey on Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel to France or Belgium.
Eurostar services run regularly from London St. Pancras to Paris and Brussels, taking as little as 1 hour 55minutes for the journey to Brussels and 2 hours 15 minutes to reach the French capital.
Passenger numbers also received a boost in 2013 following the introduction of new routes and new destinations to an expanding Eurostar timetable. As well as a new winter ski service to the Swiss Alps, 2013 saw the successful trial of Eurostar’s Route du Soleil service direct to Provence in the south of France and direct trains will be running to Avignon between June and September 2014.
In the winter months when weather conditions can cause havoc at airports and ferry ports, it is well worth considering letting the train take the strain and travel by Eurostar to Paris, Brussels and beyond.