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Meet The New Trains Of Our Homepage

by Brice Boulesteix, posted 13 May 2015 | One comment

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We keep receiving great feedback about the trains we display on the home page of our website. They have been featured on various media websites in France including Capital and Le Figaro. But the time has come to make them evolve and add a few more trains. Do you know what’s cooler than two animated trains? Nine animated trains!

A big thank you to Enrico, our designer who made the illustrations below.

Meet the cast:

Eurostar

EurostarBuilt between 1992 and 1996, Eurostar’s fleet consists of 38 trains, designated Class 373 in the United Kingdom and TGV TMST in France. The units have also been branded as the Eurostar e300 by Eurostar since 2015.

Thalys

ThalysThalys trains are operated by Thalys International, which capital is divided between SNCF (France) and SNCB (Belgium). The newest variant of their trains is the Thalys PBKA, which benefits from the motor technology of TGV Duplex sets, but without the bi-level carriages.

TGV Duplex

TGV DuplexIntroduced in 1995, the TGV Duplex is manufactured by Alstom, and operated by SNCF. It features bi-level carriages and a seating capacity up to 526 passengers.

TER

TERThe TER (standing for Transport Express Régional) is the brand name used by the SNCF to denote rail service run by the regional councils of France. It began operating in 1984. Every day, over 800 000 passengers are carried on 5,700 TER-branded trains.

ICE

ICE DBThe ICE (for Intercity-Express) is the flagship train of Deutsche Bahn. Introduced in 2000, the ICE 3 variant is made by Bombardier and Siemens and has a maximum capacity of 460 passengers.

Frecciarossa

FrecciarossaThe Frecciarossa, or ETR 500, is a high-speed train introduced in 1993 and operated by Trenitalia. It speeds up to 185mph (300 km/h).

Italo

NTV ItaloThe Italo is operated by NTV. It is originally named AGV (for Automotrice à grande vitesse) and built by Alstom. The maximum commercial speed is 360 km/h.

Renfe

RenfeThe AVE Class 100 of the Renfe is built by Alstom and was the first high-speed train put into service in Spain, back in 1992. Its maximum speed is 225mph (360 km/h).

Guest Star: TGV Atlantique

TGV AtlantiqueThis iconic TGV is the second generation of SNCF’s High Speed trains. Introduced in 1989 to serve the LGV Atlantique line, it was the first to wear the new “Atlantique” design (blue & gray) which replaced the original orange of the original TGV.

Buy Direct Train Tickets From London to Avignon This Summer

by Malin Schibler, posted 31 January 2014 | Add comment

From London to Provence in just 6 hours

You can now hop on a train from London St Pancras or Ashford International and find yourself in the south of France within 6 hours. Eurostar has just launched a direct train service for this upcoming summer. It will run once a week from London St Pancras or Ashford International, directly to Avignon, France. The weekly service will depart every Saturday, which will give you just enough time for at least one week of wine, cheese and sightseeing in this historic centre of southern France.

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Head south to the sunshine

The outbound trains departing London St Pancras and Ashford International will commence on 28 June 2014 and run until 6 September 2014. Return trains will begin on 5 July 2014 until 13 September 2014.

Outbound trip – London St Pancras to Avignon Centre

Station Time
London St Pancras Depart 07:17
Ashford International Depart 07:55
Avignon Centre Arrive 13:53

Travel time: 5h36

Return trip – Avignon Centre to London St Pancras

Station Time
Avignon Centre Depart 16:39
Ashford International Arrive 21:05
London St Pancras Arrive 21:42

Travel time: 06h03

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Wake up and smell the lavender

There is no doubt that these convenient direct tickets will sell out extremely fast. Who wouldn’t want to travel over 1,100 km in under 6 hours to see the lavender fields? You can start booking your tickets 6 months in advance. The sales are are already open for outward tickets and return tickets, so book these tickets now.

Need a holiday ASAP?

Of course, those who don’t want to wait five more months to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site can book their tickets today. All Eurostar trains from London St Pancras or Ashford International to Avignon will have a connection at Paris or Lille. These trains depart up to 7 days a week and you can book them right here!