By now, everyone must have seen the fanfare and numerous news items about the opening of the new St Pancras Eurostar station and Ebbsfleet International in Kent. St Pancras station, built over 100 years ago, has been refurbished to the tune of £800M and the new High Speed 1 line has cut the time to Paris to only 2hr 15min. The trains reach an amazing 186mph which means you can leave London in the morning and be on the Champs Elysees for lunch.
Ebbsfleet International, which opened yesterday, is located just off Junction 2 of the M25 in Kent. It’s a modern, beautifully designed station which will soon become the fastest way to Europe. As well as servicing the Eurostar trains, high-speed domestic services will begin in 2009, taking travellers to St Pancras in 17 minutes, at speeds of up to 140mph.
And if you need a car, we’re pleased to say that we can be found in or near both locations. Avis has the exclusive contract to supply car hire at Ebbsfleet International and our office can be found on the station concourse. However, if London is your destination and you’re arriving at St Pancras, you can either take a short walk or if you prefer to take a taxi because you are laden with bags, children or are just too plain tired, our staff will refund the full cost of your taxi journey from St Pancras to our Euston rental station.
Personally, I’m looking forward to trying out the new Eurostar service to France. This means I can take back my crown from Rob as the blog team travel guru!!