Amid the lockdown restrictions that were imposed on 23 March in the UK, causing Eurostar to reduce its services. And offer just one train a day from London to both Paris and Brussels.
However, it was not operating services to Amsterdam, the French Alps and Disneyland Paris. Moreover, it has to close its intermediate stops at Ebbsfleet, Ashford, Calais and Lille due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The number of passengers was very low because of the lockdown measures. And the government’s quarantine system, which was lifted for travelers from France on 10 July.
However, with very few passengers opting to travel by train on essential journeys. Eurostar was facing losses hence charging very high fares.
However, now Eurostar is increasing its Channel Tunnel. There will be six trains a day each way will link London St Pancras International with Paris Nord. While four daily will serve Brussels Midi, one of which continues to Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Low Fares for a Number of Routes
However, the train is offering lower fares than in previous months. For the weekend of 7 to 9 August, there is availability at £104 return to Brussels. And £119 return to Paris – outbound from London on Friday, inbound on Sunday.
Moreover, Eurostar will be offering plenty of £39 one-way fares later in August.
The train will be restarting its services to Disneyland Paris from 2 August, with seats available at £69 one way on that date.
In the coronavirus pandemic duration, Eurostar is offering flexible tickets. Passengers can change their tickets free of cost for up to two weeks before departure. However, passengers will have to pay the difference in price for the rescheduled service.
A spokesperson for Eurostar said, “As we further increase our timetable. We have released great value fares for trips throughout the summer. All fares are now flexible, giving customers the ability to change their plans without paying an exchange fee.”
Eurostar is also selling its Christmas and New Year trains, with no fewer than 11 London-Paris trains on Boxing Day alone.
Travelers are warned to prepare in advance, “Our onboard bar-buffet is closed as are many of the shops and restaurants at our stations.”
“Please bring refreshments with you, especially when the weather gets warm. You can bring liquids through security.”
However, it is serving some refreshments in Business Premier class.
The cross-Channel rail operator is dropping its its direct link to the south of France both this year and next. And the ski train for the winter of 20-21. Connections are available at Lille and Paris instead.