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Eurostar on the move ©Eurostar
E
urostar is the train that puts its foot down, racing through the green fields of Kent and Flanders at 300 km per hour. It's as though the English Channel (remember that?) doesn't even exist. At that speed, London to Paris takes just 2 hours 15 minutes, to Brussels 2 hours 1 minute, while the city of Lille is only 1 hour 22 minutes away. Never mind a weekend break – that’s close enough for lunch.

Eurostar also runs direct services from London to Disneyland Paris, to the south of France, and during the ski season, to the French Alps. A new route direct to Amsterdam is being tested with hopes of coming into operation at the end of this year.

 Paris

Step out of Gare du Nord and feel the magic. Whether for romance à deux, for stylish shopping, high culture or for wild fun, Paris is perfect.

 OUR PARIS GUIDE

 Brussels

From Gare du Midi, walk (or catch the local train for no extra charge) to the city centre, with its boutiques and bars and majestic main square, Grand’ Place.

  OUR BRUSSELS GUIDE

 Lille

Ultra-modern Euralille station is ten minutes’ walk from the city centre’s three impressive squares and the cobbled lanes of Vieux Lille (Old Lille). Alight here for the nearest Gallic joie de vivre to the UK, or change here onto the TGV network for fast services to all parts of France.

 OUR LILLE GUIDE

 Provence

Eurostar runs from London direct to Marseille, via Lyon and Avignon. The service operates once a week during winter, and from 3 to 5 times a week for the rest of the year. Standard fares to any of the three cities start from about £145 return, except for special offers.

 
 LYON  -  AVIGNON  -  MARSEILLE

 Disneyland Paris

Catch a Eurostar to travel direct from London to Disneyland Paris (usually daily; about 2h50m).

 French Alps

Skiers' winter service run direct from London to Bourg St Maurice, Aime la Plagne and Moutiers in  the French Alps (winter weekends; Moutiers about 7h20m).

 

 Eurostar story

Eurostar, originally a development from French Railways' Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV), is a city-to-city rail service using the Channel Tunnel.
  Although Eurostar services started in 1994, the train remains even now one of the most exciting travel and transport developments of recent times.
  Eurostar is a private company run jointly by three partners, the Belgian and French national railways and a British company called Eurostar (UK) Ltd. However, French Railways (SNCF) own a 35 per cent share of the British company.
  At first, Eurostar astonished the world with London-Paris journey times of only 3 hours. In those days, the high-speed part of the journey was only in France.
  In 2007, with the opening of a high-speed line in the UK, the journey time was cut to just 2 hours 15 minutes.
  On 14 November 2007, Eurostar's London terminus was moved from Waterloo International, on the south bank of the Thames, to St Pancras International, on the north side of the city centre, with the intention of eventually creating onward high-speed connections into the rest of the UK.

 New Eurostar trains

New Eurostar e320 trains came
into service during 2016.

 Get the feel

A journey on Eurostar is immeasurably more enjoyable than any alternative means of transport to Paris or Brussels. That's why the train now takes most of the traffic from London to these cities. Seats are comfortable. There is more leg-room than on a plane. You can walk around freely. There is buffet food available when you want it. Announcements on board are in three languages, English, French and Flemish.

 Eurostar stops en route

Most Eurostar trains run direct between London and Paris or Brussels, with or without a stop at Lille, but some stop at these other purpose-built Eurostar stations en route...
Fréthun Calais, close to the Cité Europe shopping complex 3km S of Calais.
Ebbsfleet International, just off junction 2 of the M25 near Dartford crossing and Bluewater shopping centre in north Kent.
Ashford International station, the former Eurostar stop in Kent, is used for certain trains.

Journey times to Paris from Ebbsfleet are 10 minutes less than from St Pancras.

 Eurostar Basics

- Check in times:
  30 minutes in Standard Class.
  10 minutes in Business Class.
  60 minutes for Ski Train service.
- Time zone:
 
GMT/BST in London.
  GMT/BST + 1 hour in all other cities.

 Booking with Eurostar

To book, or for all information:
www.eurostar.com




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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