Buy Eurostar tickets from London to Paris

Booking tips...

  You buy tickets direct from Eurostar at www.eurostar.com.  You print out your own ticket.

  If you use www.eurostar.com, select United Kingdom - English top right whatever your actual country, otherwise you won't be able to choose all UK stations.

  Eurostar bookings open 120 days ahead, and at certain periods up to 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?

Eurostar train first class from London to Paris & Brussels

Good to go... Eurostar at St Pancras...

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

Eurostar first class.  On each train, some 1st class cars are allocated to business travellers (Business Premier) others for leisure users (Standard Premier with cheaper inflexible tickets).  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 drinks & snacks.  Eurostar has teamed up with upmarket retailer Waitrose to offer a range of wraps & sandwiches plus hot dishes such as Chicken Tikka Massala.

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

Standard Premier complimentary meals:  In Standard Premier (1st class for leisure), the fare includes a simple but tasty cold tray meal with wine, beer or soft drinks, tea or coffee...

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

...this is a Standard Premier breakfast.

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

Business Premier complimentary meals:  In Business Premier (1st class for business), the fare includes a tray meal with cooked hot dishes & wine and/or champagne. Menus are designed by celebrity master chef Raymond Blanc...

What is Eurostar?

Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train from London to Paris & Brussels via the Channel Tunnel, taking as little as 2 hours 15 minutes for the 495 km (307 miles) to Paris or 1 hour 55 minutes for the 373 km (232 miles) to Brussels.  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 (also known as Brussel Zuid) 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% by London & Continental Railways, a company owned by the UK government.  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 train times & fares with .PDF format timetable download

  How to buy Eurostar tickets online or by phone

  Tips on choosing the best Eurostar seats with numbered train seating plan

  Eurostar 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

  The ferry alternatives to Eurostar

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

Eurostar information on other pages...

  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 train times & fares

Eurostar train times from London to Paris...

Eurostar train times from London to Brussels & Lille...

Eurostar from London to Avignon & the Alps...

About Eurostar tickets & 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 £39

From £69

From £107

From £189

£276

£490

Child under 12 From £28 From £49 From £70 From £123 - -
Child under 4 Free, if they don't occupy their own seat
Youth 12-25 From £38 From £66   -   - - -

Senior (over 60)

From £38

From £66

  -

  -

-

-

Railpass holder £82 £144 £103 £181 - -
Wheelchair user - - £35 £69 - -

If you have to travel at short notice...

As with airline tickets, Eurostar can be expensive if not booked well in advance.  If you need to travel at short notice, try calling www.railbookers.com to check for a cheap combined Eurostar & hotel deal as they can often access cheap Eurostar fares even close to departure date.  If heading to Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and so on, you may well find it cheaper to use the the Dutch Flyer from London to Hoek van Holland in conjunction with onward train tickets bought separately as this is often very affordable even booked just 24 hours before departure.

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

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

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

Direct Eurostar trains to Avignon (summer) & ski trains to the French Alps (winter)...

Useful Eurostar telephone numbers...

The environmentally sound way to travel, faster & more reliable than flying...

Eurostar trains leave from London St Pancras...

Sponsored links...

 

 

London St Pancras International...

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

St Pancras International station:  Its Victorian Gothic facade has been a landmark for 140 years...

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

Lower level concourse:  You enter St Pancras from the Underground or off the street onto the lower level concourse.  In this photo, the Eurostar ticket office is on the left, the Eurostar departures check-in is in a passageway along and to the right.

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

Upper level concourse:  Go up one level for great views of the station, and for Europe's longest Champagne Bar, just visible on the left alongside the Eurostar train.

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

Ticket collection?  If you need to collect your Eurostar ticket at the station, simply put your credit card into a machines and enter your booking reference...

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

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

  Inside the Eurostar departure lounge at St Pancras...
 

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

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

In the departure lounge:  Inside the lounge you'll find a cafe, bar, newsagents, 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've a Business Premier 1st class ticket (but not a Standard Premier one), you can use the business lounge, with complimentary drinks and snacks...

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

Boarding your Eurostar train to Paris:  A boarding announcement is made around 15 minutes before each train leaves, and you head up the travelator to the platforms to board your train...

  1st class seats on Eurostar
 

1st class seats, a table-for-two, seats 61 & 65 in cars 7, 8, 11 or 12...

  2nd class seats, a table for four
 

2nd class seats, a table for four...

  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, sourced from supermarket Waitrose.

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...


A journey from London to Paris on Eurostar

 

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 from London 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 up the steps or escalator to the first floor Eurostar check-in and departure lounge.  Trains depart from platforms 3-6, but these platforms can only be accessed via the Eurostar check-in & departure lounge upstairs, currently reached by stairs/escalator opposite platform 17.

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 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 adjacent Kings Cross station, which becomes a long tunnel under east London taking the Eurostar east and south.

...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, due to open in time for the London Olympics in 2012.  Around 8 minutes after leaving St Pancras, the Eurostar train finally 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.

...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", usually 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.

...welcome to northern France...

The Eurostar emerges into France at up to 100 mph, and 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...

...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 more 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.


Changing trains in Paris or Brussels...

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

Eurostar trains from London to Paris arrive at the Gare du Nord, but your connecting train will probably leave from one of the other Paris stations.  The Gare de l'Est is a 10-minute walk from the Gare du Nord, but to get to any of the other Paris stations you'll need to take the metro or RER (Express Metro) across Paris.  See the guide to changing trains & stations in Paris by metro or taxi.  Left luggage lockers are available in Paris.

Changing trains in Brussels:  See the Europe page

In Brussels, all long-distance trains including Eurostar use Brussels Midi station (Brussel Zuid in Flemish, Brussels South in English), so changing trains is easy.  These recommended times are the minimum.  Left luggage lockers and a staffed left luggage office are available at Brussels Midi (24 hours).


The train & ferry alternatives to Eurostar

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

You can still travel from London to Paris by train and ferry if you want.  It takes 9 hours and is no longer particularly convenient as you have to make your own way by bus, taxi or on foot between Dover Priory station and the Eastern Docks in Dover, and between Calais ferry terminal and Calais Ville station in Calais.  The original train/ferry interchange stations at Dover Western Docks and Calais Maritime closed in the 1990s when Eurostar started.  London to Paris by train & ferry is also likely to cost more than a cheap Eurostar ticket booked in advance.  However, train & ferry can be cheaper if you need to travel at short notice when all the cheap Eurostar fares are sold out, and of course you get to see the White Cliffs of Dover on the way.  You can substitute train+ferry+train for Eurostar London-Paris in any of the journeys routed via Paris shown on this website, but you'll need to buy separate train and ferry tickets.  Times, fares and information for travelling from London to Paris by train+ferry+train are shown here.

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

If you're heading for northern or eastern Europe and there are major problems affecting Eurostar services, or you need to travel at short notice when Eurostar can be expensive, you can buy a cheap inclusive 'Dutch Flyer' ticket from London to Amsterdam or anywhere in the Netherlands using Stena Line's overnight Harwich-Hoek luxury superferry, including a comfortable private cabin with toilet & shower, free WiFi and satellite TV.  Indeed, this can be a good alternative even with Eurostar running normally, see the London to Amsterdam page for details.  You can then use www.bahn.de to book a separate onward ticket from Amsterdam to Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Prague, Copenhagen, Zurich or Warsaw.

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

www.dfds.co.uk sail from Newcastle to IJmuiden (the port of Amsterdam) overnight, and www.poferries.com sail from Hull to Rotterdam.  It's then easy to take trains from Amsterdam or Rotterdam to Antwerp or Brussels, to Berlin or Cologne, or direct sleeper trains from Amsterdam to Prague, Switzerland, Southern Germany, Denmark or Poland.


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 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.  Click to see sample.  Buy online for €13 + €5.50 postage worldwide at www.treinreiswinkel.nl/railway_map_of_europe.

 


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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