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A question asked by many travellers to the UK is how to travel from London to Paris by train. This article explores the various options available for travelers wishing to visit Paris from London with detailed information and Eurostar travel tips for the those who wish to make the journey by train.

Whilst there are various options to complete the journey from London to Paris, including air travel, coach tours, driving or sea ferry across the English Channel (which for many years was the traditional way to cross the channel) since the Chunnel opened for passenger trains in November 1994 the Eurostar train service has been a preferred travel option for millions of people every year. 

Eurostar from London to Paris – Essential information and Eurostar Travel Tips

London – Departure ⇒ Paris – Arrival

The service runs from London St Pancras International Train station (situated in North London) to Paris Gare Du Nord.

  • The Eurostar train travels underneath the English Channel through the Channel Tunnel, sometimes referred to as the ‘Chunnel’.
  • There are three actual tunnels, two used for passenger trains and freight trains while the third tunnel is a service tunnel.
  • The Chunnel is 31 miles long (50.45km), 23.5 miles actually under the English Channel.
  • Time in the tunnel is around 20 mins.
  • There are up to 19 trains daily from London to Paris.
  • The first train leaves Monday to Friday at 05.40 hrs.
  • The first train on Saturday leaves at 06.18 hrs and on Sunday at 08:19hrs

TIP: Please note there are timetable changes throughout the year around seasonal service demands.

 

Duration of the journey

  • The fastest journey takes 2 hours 16 minutes.
  • Average journey time is 2 hours 20 minutes.

 

Direct Services from London St. Pancras to the following stations

  • Paris Gare Du Nord
  • Paris Disneyland
  • Lille (France)
  • South of France
  • Calais – France
  • Brussels – Belgium
  • Amsterdam – Netherlands 
  • Rotterdam – Netherlands

Connected Service – Change trains in Paris, Lille or Brussels for service destinations for trains to

  • France
  • Belgium,
  • Netherlands
  • Germany

 

How much does a ticket on the Eurostar cost?

EurostarTicket costs are variable throughout the year and day/time of travel. An approximate ticket cost is:

  • Eurostar Standard Class – £44 one-way or £58 pounds return, for an advance booking.
  • Eurostar Standard Premier – From £112 one-way or £168 pounds return.

 

Tip: There are various categories of tickets for the Eurostar and the cheaper ones sell out quicker, so the earlier you book tickets the more likely you are to get the cheaper tickets.

CLICK HERE FOR EUROSTAR PRICES AND AVAILABILITYLONDON TO PARIS ON THE EUROSTAR

Eurostar travel tips - London to Paris - a view of the inside of the Eurostar train

Information for your journey depending on your class of ticket

Standard Class Eurostar ticket holders

Arrive at the station around 45 mins to 1 hour before departure. Ticket gates close 30 mins before departure.

  • Drinks and snacks are available from the Café Metropole on the train (or alternatively purchase snacks in the departure lounge cafes and shops before you board)
  • Power sockets at your seats only on coaches 5 and 14.
  • Baby changing facilities on coaches 1, 2 and 17, 18
  • Coaches 3 and 16 has extra luggage storage spaces.
  • Coaches 1 and 18 has extra spaces and family tables.

 

Standard Premier Eurostar (1stClass) ticket holders

 Arrive at the station around 45 mins to 1hour before departure. Ticket gates closes 30 mins before departure.

  • Power sockets at all seats.
  • Seat service of a light meal and drinks. Menu is appropriate to the day/time of travel.

 

Business Premier Eurostar ticket holders

Premier ticket gate closes 10 minutes prior to departure.

  • Ticket exchange available or refund your ticket before and after departure (if you miss your check-in time).
  • Ticket exchange for tickets between London and Netherlands only up until departure.
  • Access to the Business Premier Lounges with
    • Free WiFi
    • Treats/drinks
    • Magazines/newspapers.
  • Seat service, on board, 3 course meal. Menu is appropriate to the day/time of travel.

 

Inside a Eurostar train

What luggage can I take on the Eurostar?

Luggage Size

All adults travelling can take two pieces of luggage that is:

  • Up to 85cm long.
  • And one small piece of hand luggage.

 

Where is the best place to stay if I am catching an early Eurostar train service?

If you are catching an early train (or arriving back in London on a late train from Paris) the best option (if you are not already in London) is to stay as close as possible to St Pancras Station.

We found ourselves in this situation a few years ago when we decided to pop over to Paris for my birthday and had booked the early train. After looking at lots of hotels we settled on the Hotel Megaro which is literally across the road from the station. We had a lovely stay (and have subsequently stayed there again) and I was particularly impressed with the staff (and the bubbly and cake they surprised me with once they knew it was my birthday!)

You can read my full review of the Hotel Megaro or click here to find out prices and availability

 

St Pancras Station in London

What is the procedure when I arrive at St Pancras to catch my Eurostar train?

 

On arriving at the ticket gate all passengers need to:

  • Scan the ticket bar code at the ticket gate bar code reader. Some paper tickets do not have a bar code, so you have to check in at one of the service desks.

TIP: There is always a Eurostar staff member or two at the gates ready to help passengers with any problems. Do not be afraid to ask.

Disabled access can be arranged – contact Eurostar staff or arrange in advance.

 

  • Through to security, bag checks. As you would find at an airport. Speed of this can depend on the time of the day or how early/late you are arriving at security before your train departs.

 

  • Passport control – Speed as above.

 

  • Though to the departure lounge, and relax before your train leaves.

 

  • Tax free shops available.

 

  • Cash machines available for Pound and Euro currency.

 

  • Check departure boards for your train. This will show the following information
  • Train ID (usually 4 digits) and departure time, should match your train ticket.
  • Train boarding time and train departure platform.

 

  • Don’t rush to board as soon as the train boarding opens, there is plenty of time.

 

  • Board the train and find your seat. There are usually coach attendants around near the train doors who will direct you to the correct seat in your coach.

 

A Eurostar train waiting at St Pancras

 

 

  • Coaches are clearly marked to check you have the correct one, seat ranges are also clear at the door into the coach. Check your seat number and board the coach from the right end. This reduces the need to carry your luggage down the entire coach.

 

  • Free magazines and daily newspapers are available for your use as you get on the train.

 

  • Only sit in your designated seat prior to departure. The train may have further stopping points where more passengers will board.

 

St Pancras Station

 

St Pancras International Station – Features

  • Train station is located on Pancras Road, London NW1.
  • Easy links to the UK rail network at different part of the same station and adjacent Kings Cross train station with ticket offices and ticket machines, also tourist information services.
  • London Underground ‘tube’ has underground station at St Pancras, easy access to Eurostar services.
  • Excellent selection of coffee shops/bars and restaurants to be found at St Pancras train station, also small express supermarket shops like Marks and Spencer.

TIP: Do not rush into through the ticket barriers into the station, if time allows, take your time to look around the shops etc the station has to offer.

  • British souvenir and beauty shops to be found in the station concourse.
  • Left luggage and lost property services available.

TIP: Take a moment to look around the new station architecture and statues.

 

Statue at St Pancras Station in London

 

Paris Gare Du Nord – Features

  • Quick exit off the train after arriving at the station.
  • No further passport checks, exit straight off the train into the main station concourse.
  • Paris Gare Du Nord station is the centre of Paris, instead of air travel where airports are around 1 hour or more outside the city.
  • Easy access to bus and RER services and Paris Metro underground system.
  • Ticket offices and machines for travel information and ticket purchases for Metro, RER and bus services.

TIP: You can purchase a book of Paris Metro (RER and bus) tickets on board the Eurostar from the Café Metropole in books of 10 (called a carnet) prior to the Paris.  This makes life a lot easier in Paris if you are pushed for time or if you are unsure of how to buy tickets)

 

Gare Du Nord in Paris

 

Enjoy your trip!

I hope that this guide to taking the Eurostar from London to Paris answers any questions you may have about the journey. It is a great way to travel between the 2 capitals and an easy trip to make (even if you only want to go for the day!)

If you prefer to make the trip as part of an organised tour I would recommend checking out some of the great options on Get Your Guide. You can find more information about their day trips to Paris from London via Eurostar by clicking this link.

For Eurostar bookings and ticket prices click the button below ↓

CLICK HERE FOR PRICES AND AVAILABILITY FOR LONDON TO PARIS EUROSTAR TICKETS

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Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

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