Eurostar app turns phone into ticket

Eurostar has launched a new app which transforms a user’s smartphone into a virtual ticket, econsultancy.com reports.

To accommodate a variety of different mobile phones, the train operator has created several versions of its online booking system, including apps for Android and iPhones.

Simple to use, the app allows users to select destination, number of passengers and travel times easily. Once booked, a barcode is sent direct to the handset which can be used on  the train, negating the need for printing off or collecting paper tickets.

The app’s convenience might even help encourage business from within Eurostar’s continental reaches over to the UK, as travellers can book ‘on the go’. For corporate events, London cannot be beaten and the capital is teeming with fantastic conference centres.

Technology on the train validates the barcode easily. In fact, reviewers have hailed the app much more straightforward to use than the web booking system.

Commenting on the launch, Eurostar’s commercial director, Nick Mercer told Kent Online: “Our aim is the make our services as easy and seamless as possible.

“The new Eurostar App and mobile website represent the start of many exciting mobile development for Eurostar, which we hope will ensure we become the first choice operator of short haul travel from the UK to Europe.”