Eurostar tickets go on sale for new high-speed London-Bordeaux line that cuts journey time by an hour

 
Rebecca Smith
Passengers will still need to change station in Paris for the route
Passengers will still need to change station in Paris for the route (Source: Getty)

Eurostar will open ticket sales for a new high-speed route from London to Bordeaux tomorrow.

The rail service will give wine fans something to toast as it slashes journey time by more than an hour, providing quicker access to Bordeaux's renowned vineyards of Saint-Emilion and Medo.

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Tickets will be available from £110 return and valid for travel from 2 July, when a new 188-mile high-speed line opens between Tours and Bordeaux, which will take the Paris to Bordeaux section of the journey from three hours 15 minutes, to two hours five minutes.

By 2019, the Paris to Bordeaux line is expected to have another 2.3m passengers per year.

There is still a change of station involved in Paris, from Gare du Nord to Montparnasse, but the total journey should now take just under six hours. Eurostar said services will be specially timed to ensure a fast transfer between its service and the local high-speed train.

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Nick Mercer, Eurostar's commercial director, said:

There is a growing appetite for Bordeaux, as British travellers are drawn to the gastronomic and cultural attractions of the city and nearby regions.

With the new high-speed line, passengers will benefit from a more civilised way to travel with city-centre-to city-centre travel, a generous baggage allowance and superior comfort on board our new trains.

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