Eurostar train from London to Paris & Brussels

Buy tickets from £41 at www.eurostar.com

  Buy tickets direct from Eurostar at www.eurostar.com & print your own ticket.

  Eurostar bookings usually open 180 days ahead.

  You can buy tickets to Paris or Brussels starting in 130 UK towns & cities or buy a separate train ticket to London as explained here.

  Business Premier & Standard Premier = 1st class with drinks & meals. Standard = 2nd class.

 Tips on choosing a specific Eurostar seat

  Tips if you have to travel at short notice

 Buy special connecting UK train tickets

  Suggested hotels in London & Paris

 

What are Eurostar trains like?

First class seats on a Eurostar train from London to Paris or Brussels

Eurostar first class.  On each train, some 1st class cars are designated Business Premier for travellers with fully-flexible business tickets and others as Standard Premier for leisure travellers with with cheaper less flexible tickets.  See 360° photoMore info Tips for choosing a seat.

 
  2nd class seats on a Eurostar train from London to Paris or Brussels

Eurostar standard class.  Only cars 5 & 14 have power sockets for laptops.  Cars 1 & 18 are the family-friendly cars with baby-changing rooms.  More information Tips for choosing your seat

  The cafe-bar on a Eurostar train from London to Paris or Brussels

The cafe-bar:  Each Eurostar has two café-bars (cars 6 & 13) serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks including wraps, sandwiches and hot dishes such as Chicken Tikka Massala.

  Complimentary light breakfast in Standard Premier on a morning Eurostar train from London to Paris

Standard Premier breakfast served on trains leaving up to 11:00 and included in the fare...

Complimentary light meal in Standard Premier on a Eurostar train from London to Paris

Standard Premier meal served on trains leaving after 11:00 and included in the fare.  It's a simple but tasty cold tray meal with a choice of wine, beer, fruit juice, tea or coffee...

  Complimentary hot lunch in Business Premier on a Eurostar train from London to Paris

Business Premier meals...  In Business Premier (1st class for business), the fare includes a hot cooked breakfast on trains leaving before 11:00 and lunch or dinner on trains leaving after 11:00 with a choice of hot dishes & wine and/or champagne.  Menus are designed by master chef Raymond Blanc.

Coming soon:  New e320 trains...

What is Eurostar?

Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train from London to Paris & London to Brussels via the Channel Tunnel.  Eurostar trains travel up to 186 mph, leaving London St Pancras station almost every hour for the Gare du Nord in central Paris and for Brussels Midi every 2-3 hours.  Eurostar trains are run by Eurostar International Limited, a company owned 55% by SNCF French Railways, 5% by SNCB Belgian Railways & 40% originally by the UK government but now sold to overseas investors.  Eurostar carries passengers, not cars, so don't confuse Eurostar with Eurotunnel, the company which owns the Channel Tunnel whose car-carrying trains shuttle road vehicles across the Channel.  Eurostar first started running in 1994.  This page explains all you need to know about travel by Eurostar.

Eurostar information on this page...

  The video guide: London to Paris by Eurostar

  Eurostar routes & train times with PDF format timetable download

  Eurostar fares & how to find the cheapest prices

  How to buy Eurostar tickets online or by phone

  Useful Eurostar phone numbers

  Tips on choosing the best Eurostar seats with Eurostar seat numbering plan

  Check-in times & procedures

  What's it like on board the Eurostar train?   WiFi & mobile access.

  What's the Eurostar journey from London to Paris like?

  London St Pancras station facilities

  Luggage arrangements on Eurostar

  Coming soon:  Eurostar's new e320 trains...

  Ferry alternatives to Eurostar & V-S-Orient Express to Paris

  Hotels in London or Paris (also see Eurostar & hotel packages)

Eurostar information on other pages...

  Direct Eurostar to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille

  Direct Eurostar to the French Alps ski resorts

  Travel within Paris by metro, taxi or private transfer

  Luggage storage at stations in London, Paris, Lille & Brussels

  Eurostar through tickets from 130 UK towns & cities to Paris & Brussels   

  Buy special tickets from any UK town or city to connect with Eurostar

  UK to anywhere in mainland Europe via Eurostar

  General European train travel information

  Taking your bike on Eurostar trains   

  Taking a dog on Eurostar trains

  Scotland to Paris by Caledonian Sleeper + Eurostar

  Cornwall & Devon to Paris by sleeper train + Eurostar

The video guide:  London to Paris by Eurostar...

Eurostar routes & train times

London to Paris, Lille & Brussels...

Direct Eurostar to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille...

Direct Eurostar ski train to the French Alps...

Direct Eurostar to Disneyland Paris...

Eurostar tickets & fares...

How to find the cheapest fares...

Eurostar fares...

Eurostar fares,
London to Paris
or Brussels...

Standard class

(2nd class)

Standard Premier

(1st class leisure)

Business Premier

(1st class business)

One-way Return One-way Return One-way Return

Adult

From £41

From £72

From £110

From £159

£276

£490

Child under 12 From £29 From £52 From £77 From £138 - -
Child under 4 Free, if they don't occupy their own seat
Youth 12-25 From £39 From £69   -   - - -

Senior (over 60)

From £39

From £69

  -

  -

-

-

Railpass holder £94.50 £189 £106 £212 - -
Wheelchair user - - £41 £72 - -

Quick links...

If you have to travel at short notice...

One-way & open jaw fares on Eurostar...

How to buy Eurostar tickets

 

Or buy from SNCB...

You can also buy Eurostar tickets in either direction from Belgian Railways, at similar prices but in euros, with print-at-home tickets.

Their site helps you find the cheapest dates and departures.

  LFF versie 2

Buy Eurostar tickets online at www.eurostar.com...

Buy tickets by phone:  08432 186 186 (UK) or +44 1233 617575 (overseas)

Buying tickets if you're travelling beyond Paris or Brussels...

If your journey starts at a UK rail station outside London...

Useful Eurostar telephone numbers...

If you need to contact Eurostar...

The environmentally sound option...

Faster & more reliable than flying...


Sponsored links...

 

 

London St Pancras...

  Eurostar trains from London to Paris & Brussels leave from St Pancras, built 1868-1876
 

St Pancras International station, its Victorian Gothic facade a landmark for 140 years...

  Inside St Pancras International:  Upper level concourse showing William Barlow's magnificent 1868 trainshed...
 

Upper level concourse at track level, one floor up from street level. For great views of the station, posh eateries & Europe's longest Champagne Bar, just visible on the left alongside the Eurostar train.

  Inside St Pancras International:  Lower level concourse.  The trains are one level up.
 

Lower level concourse at street level, one level below the tracks, for retail outlets & food shops.  Eurostar check-in is in a passageway on the right.

Ticket collection...

  Self-service ticket machines at St Pancras:  You can collect your Eurostar tickets here...
 

You can usually just print out your own ticket, but if you need to collect your Eurostar ticket at the station, simply put your credit card into one of these machines & enter your booking reference...

Check-in...

  Entrance to Eurostar departures area
 

Eurostar departures area...  The Eurostar ticket office, collection machines & check-in gates arte in this large passageway off the lower level concourse...

  Eurostar check-in gates at St Pancras, at the entrance to the departure lounge...
 

Check-in gates...  You check in just off the main lower level concourse, by putting your ticket barcode against the readers on these automatic gates.  Immediately after the gates is an easy X-ray security check then passport control...

Departure lounge...

  Inside the Eurostar departure lounge at St Pancras...
 

Once through check-in, security and passport control, you're in the departure lounge directly underneath the Eurostar platforms....

  Eurostar information desk, in the departure lounge at St Pancras...
 

Inside the lounge you'll find a Cafe Nero, a bar, WH Smiths shop, Eurostar information desk and comfortable seating.  There's also a 'laptop bar' with stools, desk, and power-points to recharge your laptop, mobile or camera...

  Boarding Eurostar at St Pancras International...
 

Business Premier lounge...  If you have a Business Premier ticket (but not a Standard Premier one), you can use the business lounge, with complimentary tea, coffee, wine, beer, juices, soft drinks, spirits & snacks...

Boarding...

  Boarding a Eurostartrain to Paris at London St Pancras...
 

A boarding announcement is made 15-20 minutes before each train leaves, and you head up the travelators to the platform to board your train...

On board...

  1st class seats on Eurostar
 

1st class seats re arranged 2+1 across the car width.  This is a table-for-two, seats 61 & 65 in cars 7, 8, 11 or 12...

  2nd class seats, a table for four
 

Standard class seats are arranged 2+2 across the car width.  This is a table for 4...

  Food from the buffet car on Eurostar
 

Food from the cafe-bar...  All passengers can access the cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, champagne, sandwiches & wraps, and a couple of hot dishes such as chicken tikka massala (above) and mushroom risotto.

 

Paris Gare du Nord...

  Eurostar trains from London to Paris arrive at the Gare du Nord in central Paris
 

The magnificent (and freshly renovated) façade of the Gare du Nord, completed in 1865.  The first Gare du Nord was built in 1846, but being too small was moved to Lille in 1860 to become Lille Flandres station.

  Inside Paris Gare du Nord.  The Eurostar platforms are on the left.
 

Arrival at Paris Gare du Nord.  Eurostar trains arrive at platforms 3-6.  On arrival, you simply get off the train, walk off the platform onto the concourse & out onto the street, as all the passport & ticket checks were completed in London...

  The Eurostar departure lounge at Paris Gare du Nord, on the first floor
 

Departure from Paris Nord:  For Eurostar trains to London, follow the Eurostar signs, going up the steps or escalator opposite platform 17 to the first-floor balcony overlooking the main concourse.  Walk along the balcony to the Eurostar check-in at the platform 3 end.  Trains depart from platforms 3-6, but these platforms can only be accessed via the first-floor Eurostar check-in & departure lounge.

St Pancras International station

London St Pancras station facilities...

About St Pancras...

Checking in for Eurostar

You must check in for Eurostar 30 minutes before departure...

Facilities inside the Eurostar terminal...

On board the Eurostar train

Inside Eurostar...

Eurostar trains have 3 classes...

Food & drink on Eurostar...

 Choosing your seat...    Eurostar seat numbering plan

Tips for picking the best seats on Eurostar...

Power outlets for laptops & mobiles...

WiFi & mobile phone access on Eurostar...

Luggage on Eurostar...

Left luggage lockers in London, Paris & Brussels...

Taking a bicycle on Eurostar trains:  See the bikes by train page...

Taking dogs & pets on Eurostar trains:  See the pets by train page...

Children & babies...

Travellers with disabilities on Eurostar...


Eurostar's new e320 trains

The new e320 trains are coming in late 2015....

Eurostar will introduce their all-new e320 trains onto a handful London-Paris departures probably from October 2015.  Built by Siemens, the new trains will feature free WiFi in all classes and power sockets at all seats.  The designation e320 refers to the train's top speed, although it can't currently exceed 300km/h on the London-Paris route.  And yes, seat 61 is still the best seat in the house - if you pick seat 61 in the right first class car!

Seating plan for an e320 Click here.

How to tell if you're booked on an e320:  If you visit the Manage a booking link at www.eurostar.com and select the option to choose your seat, if the train has 16 cars then it's planned to be an e320 - although tentative at this stage!  If it has 18 cars it's either an original Eurostar (known as TMST) or a refurbished original Eurostar train known as an e300.

Refurbished e300 trains:  Most of Eurostar's original TMST trains will be refurbished to similar standards as the e320 with similar seating, these will be known as the e300, with 18 cars.

Eurostar e320   Eurostar e320 first class seats

Eurostar's new e320...

 

1st class:  Standard Premier or Business Premier.

Eurostar e320   Eurostar e320

Standard class.  Sockets & free WiFi at all seats.

 

One of two cafe-bars, in cars 8 & 9...

Eurostar e320   Eurostar e320

Baby-changing facilities in all toilets...

 

13% more luggage space per passenger...

Eurostar e320   Eurostar e320

Seat 61?  A table for two in 1st class...

 

An e320 at St Pancras.


A journey from London to Paris on Eurostar

The train leaves St Pancras...

The train manager makes his announcement that your Eurostar train to Paris is about to leave, the door alarm sounds and the doors then hiss shut.  As you settle into your seat, the brakes hiss off and the Eurostar very gently eases itself out of the magnificent arched trainshed of St Pancras International Station.  At this stage, the train is heading north, but almost immediately it makes a sharp right-hand turn past the huge steel gasometers that have been a familiar sight behind Kings Cross/St Pancras for years and which are now, believe it or not, listed structures.  Within a minute or two the Eurostar enters a covered bridge across the tracks leading out of the adjacent Kings Cross station, which becomes a long tunnel under east London taking the Eurostar east and south.

Boarding in London   Dartford Crossing

A Eurostar boarding at St Pancras...

 

Passing the QEII road bridge across the Thames...

...East London & the Dartford Crossing...

About 5 minutes after leaving St Pancras, you'll see a glimpse of daylight and the platforms of Stratford International station, only served by the domestic high-speed trains.  Around 8 minutes after leaving St Pancras, the Eurostar train emerges from the tunnel and starts crossing the wastelands of east London, past warehouses and run-down housing estates.  Just 10-12 minutes from St Pancras you'll see the impressive Queen Elizabeth II suspension bridge on the right, which carries the M25 London orbital motorway across the River Thames at the Dartford Crossing.  The Eurostar now plunges back into a short tunnel for its own crossing underneath the Thames, emerging the other side in the county of Kent.  Some Eurostar trains now call at Ebbsfleet station in north Kent, near the M25 motorway.

...over the Medway Viaduct...

The Eurostar train is now running at its full service speed of 186mph (300 km/h), with traffic on the adjacent London-Dover M2 motorway almost standing still in comparison.  Just 15-20 minutes after leaving London, the train crosses the most dramatic structure on the new high-speed line, the viaduct high over the River Medway.  To the right of the train as it crosses the viaduct, you'll see small boats moored on the muddy riverbanks far below you.  To the left of the train, over the top of the adjacent M2 motorway bridge, you can see Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle in the distance.

The river Medway

...across rural Kent...

Now at last you're in green and pleasant rural Kent, with villages nestling at the foot of the chalky hills to the left.  A few Eurostars still call at Ashford International station, a major railway junction in east Kent, but most Eurostars now 'fly' over the town on a huge flyover, with the station way below you, the town centre to the left and the old Southern Railway Ashford works to your right.

...into the Channel Tunnel...

Just 35 minutes from St Pancras, the fields and hedgerows of east Kent give way to the roadways and check-in lanes of the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal.  This is where cars and lorries are put on the Eurotunnel car-carrying shuttle trains to go through the tunnel to France.  Your Eurostar train passes through the middle of the terminal non-stop, and the train manager announces that you are about to enter the Channel Tunnel.  Passing through the Channel Tunnel takes just 20 minutes, and is something of an anti-climax.  The Channel Tunnel (sometimes called the 'Chunnel', but usually only by Americans) is just like any other rail tunnel, only a bit longer.  As a precaution, the yellow fire safety doors between each pair of coaches are closed during the tunnel transit, but you can still pass through freely if you want. 

Entering the Channel Tunnel   Leaving the Channel Tunnel

Entering the Channel Tunnel near Folkestone...

 

Leaving the Channel Tunnel near Calais...

...welcome to northern France...

The tunnel is dark, so nothing to see, and no, you can't see the fishes...  But the Eurostar soon bursts into the daylight again at up to 100 mph, and you're now in France.  You'll see the French terminal for the car-carrying trains away to your left.  If you look to the horizon on the left, you can just see the distinctive clock tower of Calais town hall.  A handful of Eurostar trains call at Calais-Fréthun, a few miles from Calais town centre, but others just start accelerating onto the French high speed line.  Unlike conventional railways, the high speed line follows the contours of the land more like a motorway, and you will feel the Eurostar rising onto the hills and settling into the dips.  The area of Northern France crossed by Eurostar is largely flat farmland, dotted with villages built around ancient stone churches.  The variety of church spires you can see is remarkable!  The Eurostar may call at Lille or simply pass through on the centre tracks.  The line to Brussels and the line to Paris diverge just after Lille Europe station.  Paris is now less than an hour away...

Scenery in Northern France

...your train arrives in Paris!

The high-speed line to Paris ends just short of Paris Gare du Nord, and the Eurostar passes seamlessly onto a short stretch of conventional line to complete its journey into Paris Gare du Nord, the historic terminus where the traditional boat trains from Calais or Boulogne used to arrive.  The Gare du Nord is also the station for trains to Brussels, Amsterdam, and Cologne in Germany, and you will see red and silver Thalys trains arriving and departing from these places.

When you arrive in Paris at the Gare du Nord, you get off the train and walk forward straight off the end of the platform onto the main station concourse, and either out into the streets of Paris, or turn left and head downstairs to the metro.  There are no checks or other formalities to go through, you just walk off the train into central Paris, it's that easy!  For the taxi rank, walk off the end of the platform onto the concourse, turn right and walk out of the side entrance.  This video may help you know what to expect.

Eurostar arrives at Paris Nord   Paris Gare du Nord - exteriorl

In Paris, you just walk off the train onto the station.

 

The magnificent Gare du Nord...


Changing trains in Paris or Brussels...

Changing trains & stations in Paris:  See the Paris metro page...

Changing trains in Brussels:  See the Europe page


The train & ferry alternatives to Eurostar

London to Paris by train & ferry:  See the London to Paris by train & ferry page...

London to Amsterdam, Germany, Eastern Europe & Scandinavia via the Harwich-Hoek van Holland ferry...

Northern England & Scotland to mainland Europe by ferry...

London to Paris in luxury by Venice Simplon Orient Express, £690:  Click here


The European Rail Timetable & maps

Thomas Cook European Timetable -  click to buy onlineTraveller's Railway Map of Europe - buy onlineThe European Rail Timetable (formerly the Thomas Cook European Timetable) has train & ferry times for every country in Europe plus currency & climate information.  It is essential for regular European train travellers and an inspiration for armchair travellers.  Published since 1873, it had just celebrated 140 years of publication when Thomas Cook decided to pull the plug on their entire publishing department, but the dedicated ex-Thomas Cook team have set up a private venture and published the first edition of a reborn European Rail Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online with worldwide shipping at either www.stanfords.co.uk or www.europeanrailtimetable.euMore information on what the European Rail Timetable contains.

A Traveller's Railway Map of Europe covers the whole of Europe from Portugal in the west to Moscow & Istanbul in the east, Finland in the north to Sicily & Athens in the south.  On the back are detailed maps of Switzerland, Benelux & Germany, plus city plans showing stations in major cities.  Scenic & high-speed routes highlighted.  Buy it online for £14.50 + postage worldwide (UK addresses £2.80) at www.stanfords.co.uk/Continents/Europe/Maps--Atlases/Europe-A-Travellers-Railway-Map_9789077899090.htm or (in the Netherlands) for €13 + €5.50 postage from www.treinreiswinkel.nl.


Hotels & accommodation in London or Paris

Find a hotel in London or Paris...

You can find a hotel in London, Paris or almost anywhere worldwide at www.hotelscombined.com, just use the search box below.

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

A special Paris hotel for a romantic break...

Room 14 at l'Hotel, Paris   Main stairway, l'Hotel, Paris

Room 14 at l'Hotel, next door to room 16 in which Oscar Wilde spent his last days...

 

The distinctive light well at l'Hotel.  Each floor has its own circular landing.

Hotels convenient for the Gare du Nord & other Paris stations...

London St Pancras Renaissance 5-star Hotel, right at the Eurostar station...  Click to book the hotel

St Pancras station in London   A suite in the main building of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

5 stars... The magnificently-restored St Pancras Renaissance HotelAbove left:  A Chambers room.

The Great Northern Hotel...    Click to book the hotel

Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross   Great Northern Hotel en suite

Cheaper hotels near London St Pancras...


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