7 June 2016

Swap school for the Seine this summer, with £10 child fares on Eurostar

Kids aged 4-11 travel for £10 one way, with kids aged 0-4 for free
Eurostar is offering child tickets for just £10 one way this summer, to help parents replace school holiday boredom with an exciting European adventure.1
The same low fare is available in both Standard and Standard Premier classes, for travel between London, Ashford or Ebbsfleet to Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais or Any Belgian Station. Tickets are on sale from 7th to 20th June, and valid for travel between 4th July and 31st August.2
From ice cream and sandcastles at Paris Plages, to a Tintin themed exploration of Brussels, Europe’s cities are ideal for families looking to give their children a memorable summer holiday.
In Paris, museums come alive with a treasure hunt around the Louvre from THATLou, followed by afternoon treats at the chocolate museum.  Brussels is home to a children’s museum focused on play, and also hosts one of Europe’s only pandas, at Pairi Daiza.  Whilst in Lille, a puppet theatre at the Jardin Vauban has performances throughout the summer, or a park full of fun and games at Parc Le Poussins.
Mary Walsh, Director of Communications, Eurostar, said: “Our great value child fares give parents an excuse to whisk the whole family away to a new European city this summer. With our new e320 trains now in service, families can make the most of free  wifi and onboard entertainment including a dedicated kids zone to help keep the whole family entertained..”
Eurostar passengers can also make the most of 2 for 1 entry to a range of each city’s cultural highlights simply by showing their Eurostar ticket.
Some highlights this summer include:
  • Wander the impressionist masterpieces at the Musée d’Orsay
  • Visit Strangely Human at the Musée quai Branly
To help customers make an informed decision about their best transport options for their next break, Eurostar has put together a holiday cost calculator. With great value fares, free travel for children under four, and a generous luggage allowance without weight restrictions, Eurostar is ideal for family holidays. http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/train/france/paris/flying-vs-eurostar
Tickets are available on www.eurostar.com or via the Eurostar contact centre on 03432 186 186.
Notes to Editors
  1. Child fare is for those aged between 4 and 11 years on day of travel.
  2. The fares will be available to purchase from 07 June 2016 to 20 June 2016 inclusive (until 11pm BST) for travel from 4 July to 31 August 2016 inclusive, except for the following dates: 22.07.2016, 23.07.2016, 29.08.2016.
  3. Maximum 1 child per traveling adult per booking, maximum 2 children per booking.
  4. Child fare is for those aged between 4 and 11 years on day of travel.
  5. Tickets are exchangeable by paying the difference in price with the next available fare in the same or higher class of service, plus a fixed fee of £10 per child segment and £30 per adult segment in standard class or £40 per segment in Standard Premier.
  6. Tickets are non-refundable. 
  7. For full terms and conditions, visit eurostar.com
  8. A £3 fee will apply to all credit card bookings, no charge is made for payments with a debit card.
About Eurostar
  1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
  2. Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR. LCR’s holding was transferred to the Treasury in 2014, and sold by the UK government to a consortium comprising Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure on 28th May 2015.
  3. The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph.  Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 140 million passengers between London and the Continent.  Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.  The new Eurostar e320 will carry around 900 passengers at speeds of up to 320kph.
  4. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe’s leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
  5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies.  Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel’s biggest customer.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office 
020 7843 5500