Published on : Friday, August 20, 2021
Eurostar, the high-speed rail link between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, is adding more trains between the UK and the continent in response to growing demand following the removal of quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from France to the UK and the easing of restrictions for travel to Belgium and the Netherlands 1.
Higher demand in August
During August, Eurostar has seen double the amount of bookings, and has added 39 trains for travel between the UK and the continent this month alone.3 The busiest days for travel are between 27th and 30th August, with Paris the most popular destination from the UK as travellers seize the opportunity to enjoy a summer on the Seine.
Since the easing of travel restrictions by the UK government in August, the high-speed rail operator is seeing the gradual return of the weekend break, with a 105% rise in August and September weekend trips between London and Paris compared to the same period last year4 and 83% of bookings attributed to leisure travel or visiting friends and family.
Updated timetable from September
From 6 September until 1 November, eight daily return services will operate, with five in each direction on the London to Paris route and three in each direction between London and Brussels, with one each way extended to Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The expanded timetable offers improved flexibility to both business and leisure travellers with great value fares from £39 each way.
Travellers can book with confidence knowing that all tickets are flexible with no exchange fee up to 7 days before departure,5 offering peace of mind should travel restrictions or plans change. Eurostar has introduced new measures to keep passengers safe, with trains deep cleaned before every journey, and cleaning teams on board to regularly disinfect high contact areas. All travellers must wear a mask on board and in stations, this continues to apply after check-in in London St Pancras.
Eurostar offers the most environmentally friendly choice for travel to Europe, with each journey using up to 93% less CO2 than the equivalent flight.6