“Off to a cracking start,” that’s how Eurostar International’s CEO Nicolas Petrovic described bookings for the train’s new service to the French Mediterranean.
The 1,235 kilometre route from London St Pancras station to Marseille starts on May 1 with stops along the line at Lyon and Avignon.
It is the first time the company has expanded beyond its core routes between London, Paris and Brussels. The six hour journey will push the boundaries of long distance rail travel.
The number of passengers using Eurostar rose 3 percent to 10.4 million last year while revenue increased by 1 percent to 1.1 billion euros.