Thursday 22 March 2018

Eurostar adds free Wi-Fi to new fleet; Bordeaux 'wine line' a possibility

On the tracks

Eurostar: Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images
Eurostar: Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Eurostar has added free Wi-Fi to its newest trains, with routes to Amsterdam and Bordeaux on the cards.

Wi-Fi is now operational on its new fleet of nine e320 trains, Eurostar says, with over 300 hours of popular TV shows, films, and games on offer.

The service is available in the UK, France and within the Channel Tunnel.

Wi-Fi is unavailable on its 18 older e300 trains, however - though the operator plans to gradually replace these with the newer models.

Eurostar links London with Paris, Brussels, Avignon and the French Alps among other destinations, and is gearing up to launch a direct route to Amsterdam in 2017.

It is also reportedly considering Bordeaux as a direct destination.

The route would become possible if and when the Tours to Bordeaux train line opens in 2017, potentially giving a 4.5-hour journey time from London.

Eurostar launched direct services from London to Marseilles last summer, becoming the first scheduled train to link the Thames and Mediterranean in this way.

It was forced to suspend several services in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Brussels, but has since resumed normal operations in Belgium.

The new e320 trains carry 900 passengers at speeds of 320kmph.

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