Eurostar links up with Switzerland

28 May 2009 by Mark Caswell

High speed rail service Eurostar has introduced through fares for 18 Swiss cities.

The company has teamed up with Lyria, which operates high speed trains between France and Switzerland, to provide passengers with one ticket for the whole journey.  

The main Swiss cities covered by the deal are Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, Basel and Bern.

The fastest journey times are six hours 28 minutes to Geneva, six hours 19 minutes to Basel and six hours 50 minutes to Lausanne. The trips to Zurich and Bern both take more than seven hours.

Passengers would need to transfer from the Gare du Nord, where Eurostar arrives in Paris, to other main stations in the city. Return fares start from under £100.

Simon Montague, Eurostar’s director of communications, said: “We are always looking at ways to facilitate greener travel throughout Europe on high-speed trains.

“We will continue to explore the various opportunities that will allow us to extend our range of destinations in the future.”


Report by Stanley Slaughter

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