If both models are used, which one is most common? Specifically, on Thursday departures from Marseille?

  • Looking at eurostar.com/us-en/destinations/route-map suggests that service between London and Marseille requires connecting to a non-Eurostar train. The "Eurostar direct services" filter indicates that the closest you can get on a Eurostar train is Avignon.
    – phoog
    Aug 12, 2016 at 20:44
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    @phoog Outdated info. A direct service has been introduced, calling at Ashford, Lyon, Avignon and Marseille. Northbound services additionally call at Lille where you alight for border checks
    – Crazydre
    Aug 12, 2016 at 20:48
  • @phoog Remarkably, the /uk-en/ and /us-en/ website's route maps differ slightly - the UK one has Lyon and Marseilles in yellow (direct) not white (connection), though both list Avignon as direct (despite it presumably being on the same line). Aug 13, 2016 at 8:08
  • @Andrew Not that remarkable. A line used to operate from London to Avignon-Centre, which had a UK border post. Now, instead, it runs to Marseille, and through Avignon TGV (which has no UK border post) rather than Avignon-Centre
    – Crazydre
    Aug 13, 2016 at 20:05

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They're operated by Class 373 trains: either a refurbished e300 or classic Eurostar. You can check out which train is used by searching for a route on CaptainTrain.com. The Marseille train is consistently shown to be the e300:

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I've found a guide on how to get this information from Seat61.com:

In fact, it's now even easier to tell whether you'll get an e320 using www.captaintrain.com. In the search results, the train number will begin e320 if it's a new e320, or e300 if it is either a refurbished e300 or classic Eurostar.

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