Information published on 28 March 2017 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 541.

United Kingdom: High-speed line to Bordeaux

  • Europe
  • News from UIC members
  • Journey time reduced by over one hour
  • First service departs on 2 July 2017
  • Fares from London to Bordeaux start from £110 return

Eurostar, the high-speed rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe opened ticket sales for the new route from London to Bordeaux on 15 March 2017.

The new high-speed line in France will reduce journey time by over one hour, offering passengers a more convenient alternative to flying. With a simple connection in Paris from Gare du Nord to Montparnasse, passengers can travel from the heart of London to the centre of Bordeaux, with services specially timed to ensure a fast transfer between the Eurostar and local high-speed train.

The new line is testament to the increasing appeal of the city, which offer travellers the ultimate French escape. Crowned as the 2017 World’s Best City by Lonely Planet, Bordeaux boasts grand architecture, a dynamic restaurant scene and a wealth of art and culture.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, 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.”

With its close proximity to the Atlantic Coast, Bordeaux is extremely well connected linking some of France’s most popular seaside resorts including Île de Ré, Cap Ferret, Arcachon. For those looking to taste some of Europe’s finest wines, the world famous vineyards of Saint-Émilion and Médoc are within easy reach.

With quick and convenient check-in, city-centre to city-centre travel, and a generous baggage allowance, Eurostar is the ideal way to travel to mainland Europe. Passengers travelling on the new e320 train can sit back and unwind in more spacious surroundings and enjoy free wi-fi and over 300 hours of entertainment – all streamed straight to their phone, tablet or laptop.

From only £110 return, passengers can speed across the French countryside to Bordeaux. For more information or to book Eurostar tickets visit or call the Eurostar contact centre on 03432 186 186.

(Source: Eurostar)