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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 '16 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    @phoog Outdated info.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 '16 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). – Andrew Aug 13 '16 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 '16 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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