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Eurostar to launch London-Marseille service in 2015

High-speed cross-Channel train operator Eurostar said on Tuesday (July 29) it will launch direct services from London to the southern French port city of Marseille from May 1 next year.

PARIS: High-speed cross-Channel train operator Eurostar said on Tuesday (July 29) it will launch direct services from London to the southern French port city of Marseille from May 1 next year.

The train will make stops at Lyon in eastern France and Avignon. It will take four and a half hours to Lyon, six hours to Avignon and about six hours and 15 minutes to Marseille.

Lyon is widely regarded as France's gastronomic capital while Avignon hosts the country's best known theatre festival in July. Marseille is an ancient, multicultural city and was France's main port during colonial times.

The return journey to London will take an hour longer due to immigration and customs formalities that will take place in the northern city of Lille. Britain is not part of the European Union's visa-free Schengen zone.

Eurostar currently runs summer services to Avignon. First tickets for the new service will go on sale from December.

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