Eurostar to make 30,000 seats available to help stranded passengers

20th Apr 2010
Eurostar to make 30,000 seats available to help stranded passengers

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service that links the UK and mainland Europe, has announced that between Tuesday 20 and Sunday 25 April inclusive, all 30,000 of the available standard class seats on its trains will be on offer at a special price of £89 one-way.

To help stranded passengers get to their destinations Eurostar is organising extra trains and running as many services as possible.  Between Monday and Sunday this week, Eurostar will run at least 28 additional trains.  Over the next seven days, nearly four hundred trains will run between the UK and the continent.

Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive of Eurostar, said:

“We are doing everything in our power to help as many passengers as we possibly can at this difficult time.  Given that the current situation looks set to continue for the coming days, we are putting on extra trains and making 30,000 seats available at a special price.  We know that people are stranded across Europe and we want to do all we can to get people where they need to be.”   

Since flights were grounded last Thursday as a result of the ash cloud caused by an erupting Icelandic volcano, Eurostar has put on 33 additional trains and has carried 165,000 passengers – 50,000 more than were scheduled to travel during this period.


Over the last four days, passengers have been connecting with Eurostar services from destinations across Europe with customers connecting from Germany, Spain, Italy and even as far as Greece.

Given the high level of demand, seats on Eurostar are selling quickly and customers are advised to go to to check availability and make their booking.


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