Escape to the vineyards


Eurostar brings a taste of France to London as vines line the platform to mark 1st anniversary of South of France service

Eurostar, the high-speed rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe, is celebrating the first anniversary of its popular direct service from London to Lyon and the South of France, which has sold over 182,000 tickets since launch.  
The platforms at London St Pancras have been transformed into lush vineyards to mark the milestone and showcase the wine tasting regions within easy reach of London.

With the popular Beaujolais, Rhône Valley and Burgundy vineyards close to Lyon and the famous rosé region of Provence near Avignon, Eurostar travellers can be enjoying fine wine in just over four and a half hours. As the vineyards prepare for the annual grape harvest in September, now is the perfect time to book a trip.

Eurostar has seen exceptional demand for the South of France route in its first year, as passengers are drawn to the wide-ranging gastronomic and cultural attractions of Lyon, Avignon and Marseille. The service offers UK travellers a more convenient alternative to flying with a seamless, leisurely journey from the heart of London from just £44.50 one-way.   

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, said: “We have seen unprecedented demand for the direct service to the South of France as Brits’ love affair with the scenery and gastronomy of the region prevails. Our route brings the wine tasting regions of France closer to the UK, with an effortless journey available all year round. With tickets now on sale for the wine harvest in September, it’s the perfect time to book.”  

With city-centre to city-centre fares from £44.50 one way, free travel for children under four, free seat selection and a generous luggage allowance with no weight restrictions, Eurostar is ideal for those wanting to bring a bit of Beaujolais back to the UK.