Hop over to Luxembourg, by train...

There are regular Eurostar high-speed trains from London to Brussels throughout the day, taking as little as 1h51.  InterCity trains run from Brussels to Luxembourg every hour, taking 3h07.  Here is a selection of journey times from London to Luxembourg.  You can double-check them for your own date of travel at www.b-europe.com.  If you prefer to take Eurostar to Paris then a 200 mph TGV from Paris to Luxembourg, journey time similar but less frequent and less flexible, see here.

Train times, fares & tickets...

  London to Luxembourg by Eurostar via Brussels (recommended)

  London to Luxembourg by Eurostar & TGV via Paris

  Trains from Luxembourg to other European cities

  Trains to Luxembourg from other European cities

  Useful country information currency, tourist info, dialling code etc.

  Hotels & accommodation in Luxembourg

  General European train travel information

  Luggage   Taking bikes   Taking dogs


Useful country information

Train operator in Luxembourg:

CFL (Société National des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois), www.cfl.lu.

   

 

Eurostar times & fares    All-Europe train times

Railpasses:

 

Beginner's guide to European railpasses     Buy a rail pass online

Time zone:

 

GMT+1 (GMT+2 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).

Dialling code:

 

+352

Currency:

 

£1 = approx 1.15 euros  Check current exchange rates

Tourist information:

 

www.luxembourg.co.uk  

Hotels & guidebooks:

 

Hotels in Luxembourg   Guidebooks

Page last updated:

 

22 January 2014.  Train times valid 15 Dec 2013 to 14 June 2014


London to Luxembourg (via Brussels)

There are regular Eurostar high-speed trains from London to Brussels throughout the day, taking as little as 1 hour 51 minutes.  InterCity trains run from Brussels to Luxembourg every hour, taking 3 hours 7 minutes.  Here is a selection of journey times from London to Luxembourg.  You can double-check them for your own date of travel at www.b-europe.com.  If you prefer to take Eurostar to Paris then a 200 mph TGV from Paris to Luxembourg, journey time similar but less frequent and less flexible, see here.

 London ► Luxembourg

Eurostar (30 min check-in)  

Mondays-Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

 London St Pancras depart

06:50

08:58

10:58

12:58

15:04

17:04

06:57

08:58

10:58

12:58

16:04

08:58

12:58

14:04

15:04

17:04

 Pick up at Ebbsfleet (M25) 

07:04

09:15

11:15

13:15

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09:15

11:15

13:15

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09:15

13:15

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 Brussels Midi/Zuid arrive

10:07

12:05

14:05

16:08

18:05

20:05

10:11

12:08

14:05

16:08

19:05

12:08

16:08

17:05

18:05

20:05

 Change trains in Brussels onto the hourly InterCity train to Luxembourg, no reservation required.  Stop off if you like.

 Brussels Midi/Zuid depart

10:33

12:33

14:33

16:33

18:33

20:33

11:33

12:33

14:33

16:33

19:33

12:33

16:33

17:33

18:33

20:33

 Luxembourg arrive

13:40

15:40

17:40

19:40

21:40

23:43

14:40

15:40

17:40

19:40

22:40

15:40

19:40

20:40

21:40

23:43

No service on 25 December.     Advice on changing trains at Brussels Midi    How to buy tickets     Find a hotel in Luxembourg

Ashford (Kent): Outbound, only the 06:50 Eurostar calls at Ashford (07:57 Saturdays), at 07:28 (08:24 Saturdays). Inbound, only the daily 16:56 Eurostar from Brussels calls at Ashford (17:33).

 Luxembourg ► London

Mondays-Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

 Luxembourg depart

06:50

08:54

10:20

12:20

13:24

13:24

15:20

06:17

10:20

12:20

15:20

07:20

10:20

11:20

13:20

14:20

15:20

 Brussels Midi/Zuid arrive

09:45

11:45

13:27

15:27

16:27

16:27

18:27

09:27

13:27

15:27

18:27

10:27

13:27

14:27

16:27

17:27

18:27

 Change trains in Brussels.  Remember the 30 minute Eurostar check-in!  Stop off in Brussels if you like.

 Brussels Midi/Zuid depart

10:56

12:52

14:56

16:56

17:56

18:56

19:52

10:56

14:52

16:56

19:52

11:56

14:52

15:56

17:56

18:56

19:52

 Drop off at Ebbsfleet (M25)

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13:45

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18:45

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20:45

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15:45

17:45

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15:45

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20:45

 London St Pancras arrive

11:57

14:03

16:03

18:10

19:03

19:57

21:03

11:57

16:03

18:09

21:06

12:57

16:03

16:57

19:10

19:57

21:03

Fares...

1. Eurostar from London

to Any Belgian Station including Arlon:

From £45 one-way or £79 return 2nd class.  

From £116 one-way or £206 return 1st class.  Child, youth, senior fares

 

2. Arlon (the last station in Belgium) to Luxembourg:

€10.60 (£9) one way, €21.20 (£18) return in 2nd class.

€16.20 (£13) one way, €32.40 (£26) return in 1st class.

This is a flexible fare, valid on any train.

 

A Eurostar train from London via the Channel Tunnel has just arrived at Paris Gare du Nord...

Click here to buy Eurostar tickets online

Booking tips:

- For London to Luxembourg, simply buy a ticket to Any Belgian Station at www.eurostar.com, this is valid to any Belgian station including the last stop in Belgium before Luxembourg, which is Arlon.  You can print out your own ticket or collect it at St Pancras.

- Booking opens 120 days before departure.

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

- Buy your Arlon-Luxembourg ticket online within 30 days of travel at www.b-europe.com.

- Tips on choosing a specific Eurostar seat

- Buy connecting train tickets within the UK

Advance reservation for Eurostar is compulsory, and you need to book Eurostar in advance to get the cheapest prices.  But the hourly InterCity train from Brussels to Luxembourg is of the 'turn up, hop on' variety, with no seat reservation required or even possible.  You can buy a Eurostar ticket from London to Any Belgian Station, which is valid to any rail station in Belgium including Arlon, which is the last stop in Belgium before Luxembourg.  So to reach Luxembourg you only need a Eurostar ticket to Any Belgian Station plus a ticket from Arlon to Luxembourg.  You can buy the Arlon-Luxembourg ticket in advance either at the station in Brussels or online and travel from Brussels to Luxembourg on the direct train using this combination of tickets, there's no need to get off the train in Arlon.  Read on...

How to buy tickets, the clever way...

You can buy a Eurostar ticket to a destination called 'Any Belgian station'.  This is cheaper than paying for a normal onward ticket for the Belgian section of the Brussels-Luxembourg journey.  So here's the best way to get your tickets to Luxembourg as cheaply as possible:

To buy tickets by phone, call Rail Europe on 0844 848 5 848 (lines are open 08:00-21:00 Mondays-Fridays, 09:00-18:00 Saturdays, no longer open on Sundays).  You may have to remind them that a Eurostar ticket to Any Belgian station is valid all the way to Arlon, don't let them charge you twice for this section!

On board the Brussels - Luxembourg InterCity train...

The Brussels-Luxembourg InterCity trains run hourly throughout the day.  There's no catering, so bring your own food & drink for the journey.

Brussels-Luxembourg train at Brussels Midi 2nd class 1st class

A modern air-conditioned InterCity train from Brussels to Luxembourg...

2nd class on the InterCity train from Brussels to Luxembourg...

1st class on the InterCity train from Brussels to Luxembourg...

On board Eurostar...

A Eurostar at St Pancras International...

A Eurostar at St Pancras...

 

Eurostar first class

Eurostar 1st class...

 

Eurostar second class

Eurostar 2nd class...


London to Luxembourg via TGV from Paris...

You can travel to Luxembourg via Paris if you prefer, using Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord in 2 hours 15 minutes, a 10 minute walk to the Gare de l'Est, then a high-speed TGV from Paris to Luxembourg taking just 2 hours 6 minutes.  This route is less frequent, as there are only five daily TGVs from Paris to Luxembourg compared to hourly InterCity trains from Brussels to Luxembourg.  It's less flexible, as TGVs are 'reservation compulsory' and your ticket will only be valid on one specific train, whereas the InterCity trains from Brussels are 'walk up, hop on' with flexible fares valid on any train.  It's also usually more expensive than going via Brussels, but if you book in advance you can get special cheap deal on the TGV that make the price similar to the Brussels route.  The key advantages are that you can arrange to stop off in Paris if you like.  All the Paris-Luxembourg TGVs are fully refurbished with interiors by designer Christian Lacroix.

To check train times & fares and book London-Luxembourg tickets via Paris, simply use www.raileurope.co.uk or call Rail Europe on 0844 848 5 848.

A TGV about to leave Luxembourg for Paris

A TGV for Paris at Luxembourg.  Just 2 hours 6 minutes!

  Luxembourg station

Luxembourg station.  It's a 15 minute walk to the old town...


The European Rail Timetable & map

Thomas Cook European Timetable -  click to buy onlineThomas Cook Rail Map of Europe - buy onlineThe European Rail Timetable - highly recommended!

Formerly the Thomas Cook European Timetable, this 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.

Two excellent maps of the European rail network...

The Thomas Cook Rail Map of Europe (no longer in print, but 2nd-hand copies available via www.amazon.co.uk) and the Travellers' Railway Map of Europe (buy online for €13 + €5.50 worldwide delivery at www.treinreiswinkel.nl/railway_map_of_europe with worldwide delivery) are the two best & most comprehensive maps of train routes right across Europe, from Portugal in the west to Istanbul, Moscow & Ukraine in the east, from Finland in the north to Sicily & Crete in the south.  High speed & scenic routes are highlighted.  Both maps are highly recommended.  A new edition of the Thomas Cook Map is likely to be published by the European Rail Timetable team in 2014, see www.europeanrailtimetable.euMore information on rail maps, including free online maps.


Recommended guidebooks

Click to buy - Lonely Planet Western EuropeLonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg - buy online at Amazon.co.ukRough Guide to Belgium & Luxembourg - buy online at Amazon.co.ukTake a good guidebook.  For the independent traveller, I think this usually means either the Lonely Planet or the Rough Guide.  I personally prefer the Lonely Planet, others prefer the Rough Guide.  Both guidebooks provide the same excellent level of practical information and historical background.  However, for Luxembourg the Bradt guide is also worth considering as it covers Luxembourg in depth, not just as an adjunct to Belgium.  Whichever you buy, you won't regret buying one!

 

 


Find hotels in Luxembourg

 

◄◄ 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.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel without insurance from a reliable travel insurer with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash (up to a limit) & belongings, and cancellation. An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, though, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these links, and feedback from using insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

In the UK, use www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get an EU health card, it's free...

If you're a UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.  The EHIC card is available from www.ehic.org.uk.  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low/no ATM fees

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you won't be left stranded if your wallet gets stolen.  In addition, some credit cards are better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card to save on mobile data and phone calls...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, and if you're not careful you can return home to find a huge bill.  Consider buying a global pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone from www.Go-Sim.com, which can slash costs by up to 85%.  Go-Sim cuts call costs in 175 countries worldwide, and you can receive incoming calls and texts for free in 75 countries.  It's pay-as-you-go, so no nasty bills when you get home.  It also allows cheap data access for laptops & PDAs.  A Go-Sim account and any credit on it doesn't expire if it's not used between trips, unlike some others, so a Go-Sim phone number becomes your 'global phone number' for life.

 


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