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Hop over to Luxembourg, by train...

Eurostar trains link London with Brussels throughout the day in just 2 hours.  InterCity trains run from Brussels to Luxembourg every hour, taking 3h18.  If you prefer to take Eurostar to Paris then a 320 km/h (199 mph) TGV from Paris to Luxembourg, journey time similar but less frequent and less flexible, see here.

COVID-19 update Eurostar is running a much-reduced service.  See COVID-19 travel information.

Train times, fares & tickets...

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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 1.11 euros  Check current exchange rates

Tourist information:

 

www.luxembourg.co.uk  

Hotels & guidebooks:

 

Hotels in Luxembourg   Guidebooks

Page last updated:

 

7 January 2021.  Train times valid 13 Dec 2020 to 11 Dec 2021, Eurostar times still subject to confirmation


large bullet pointLondon to Luxembourg via Brussels

This is the most direct route, with one easy same-station change in Brussels, although an extra change at Arlon in southern Belgium has crept in on a few Brussels-Luxembourg services.  There are regular Eurostar high-speed trains from London to Brussels throughout the day, taking 2 hours.  InterCity trains then run from Brussels to Luxembourg every hour or so, taking 3h18.  You can check these times for your own date of travel at www.b-europe.com.  If you prefer to take Eurostar to Paris then a 320 km/h (199 mph) TGV from Paris to Luxembourg, journey time similar but less frequent and less flexible, see the section below.

Timetable outward

 London ► Luxembourg

Eurostar (30 min check-in)  

Mondays-Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

 London St Pancras depart

06:47

08:55

11:04

12:58

15:04

06:57

08:55

11:04

12:58

15:04

08:55

11:04

12:58

15:04

 Ebbsfleet (M25) depart

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 Brussels Midi/Zuid arrive

10:05

12:05

14:05

16:08

18:05

10:05

12:05

14:05

16:08

18:05

12:05

14:05

16:08

18:05

 Change in Brussels onto an hourly InterCity train to Arlon & Luxembourg, no reservation required.

 Brussels Midi/Zuid depart

10:33

12:33

14:33

16:32

18:33

11:32

12:32

15:32

16:32

18:32

12:32

14:32

16:32

18:32

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 Luxembourg arrive

13:50

15:50

17:50

19:50

21:50

14:50

15:50

17:50

19:50

21:50

15:50

17:50

19:50

21:50

Timetable inward

 Luxembourg ► London

Mondays-Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

 Luxembourg depart

06:10

08:10

10:10

12:10

13:10

14:10

16:10

06:10

08:10

10:10

13:10

15:10

07:10

09:10

12:10

13:10

15:10

Direct?

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 Brussels Midi/Zuid arrive

09:28

11:28

13:28

15:28

16:27

17:27

19:28

09:28

11:28

13:28

16:28

18:28

10:28

12:28

15:28

16:28

18:28

 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

14:52

16:56

17:56

18:56

20:22

10:56

12:52

14:52

17:56

20:22

11:56

14:52

16:56

17:56

20:22

 Ebbsfleet (M25) arrive

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 London St Pancras arrive

11:57

14:05

16:05

18:06

19:13

19:57

21:33

11:57

14:05

16:05

19:13

21:33

12:57

16:05

18:06

19:13

21:33

Notes...

How to read these timetables:  It's easy, you read downwards, each column is a journey you can take.  You change trains at the grey bar.

* = change at Arlon.  | = direct train between Brussels & Luxembourg.

No service on 25 December.    Brussels Midi station guide & advice on changing trains     London St Pancras station guide     Hotels in Luxembourg

Eurostars will not call at either Ashford or Ebbsfleet until 2022.

Times vary so always check Eurostar times at www.eurostar.com & Brussels-Luxembourg times at www.b-europe.com for your date of travel.

Fares...

1. Eurostar from London

to Any Belgian Station including Arlon:

 From £62 one-way or £98 return 2nd class.  

 From £131 one-way or £231 return 1st class.  Child & youth fares

 

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

 €2.50 one way, €5 return in 2nd class.

 €6.20 one way, €12.40 return in 1st class.

 This is a fixed-price flexible fare, good for any train.

 

Click here to buy Eurostar tickets online

Booking tips:

- For London to Luxembourg, buy a ticket to Any Belgian Station at www.eurostar.com, this is valid to any Belgian station including Arlon, which is the last stop in Belgium before Luxembourg.  You print out your own ticket or can load it into the Eurostar app to show on your smartphone.

- 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

Reservation is compulsory for Eurostar, and you need to book Eurostar in advance to get affordable fares.  But the hourly InterCity train from Brussels to Luxembourg is of the turn up, hop on variety, with no seat reservation necessary 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...

Before you rush out and buy a Eurostar ticket from London to Brussels and a separate Brussels-Luxembourg ticket, here's a cheaper way of doing it:  Buy a Eurostar ticket to a Any Belgian station, which covers you for both the Eurostar and for the Brussels-Arlon section of the Brussels-Luxembourg journey, Arlon being the last stop in Belgium.  Add a print-at-home ticket from Arlon to Luxembourg, and you're all set.  Here's how to do it:

What's the journey like?

1. London to Brussels by Eurostar...

Eurostar trains link London & Brussels in just 2 hours, travelling at up to 300 km/h (186 mph).  There are two bar cars, power sockets at all seats and free WiFi.  Standard Premier and Business Premier fares include a light meal with wine (or breakfast, on departures before 11:00).  There's a 30-minute minimum check-in (10-minutes for business premier) as all border formalities are carried out before you board the train.  More information about Eurostar including check-in procedureSt Pancras station guide Brussels Midi station guide & short cut for changing trains in Brussels.

Eurostar e320   Eurostar e320 first class seats

A Eurostar e320 at St Pancras.  More about Eurostar.

 

1st class:  Standard Premier or Business Premier.

Eurostar e320 2nd class   Eurostar e320 cafe-bar

Standard class seats.  Larger photo.

 

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

2. Brussels to Luxembourg by InterCity train...

The Brussels-Luxembourg InterCity trains run hourly throughout the day.  Important tip:  There's no catering on these Brussels-Luxembourg trains, so bring your own food & drink for the journey, there are plenty of places to buy food and drink inside Brussels Midi, including a minimarket.

Belgian intercity train from Brussels to Luxembourg

A Belgian intercity (IC) train on the Brussels-Luxembourg route...

2nd class 1st class

2nd class seats...

1st class seats...

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large bullet pointLondon to Luxembourg via Paris...

You can travel to Luxembourg via Paris if you prefer, using Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord in 2h20, a 10 minute walk to Paris Gare de l'Est, then a high-speed TGV to Luxembourg taking just 2h12.  This route is less frequent as there are only 5 daily TGVs from Paris to Luxembourg compared to hourly InterCity trains from Brussels to Luxembourg.  It's less flexible, as TGVs are reservation compulsory like Eurostar 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 good for any departure that day.  It's also usually more expensive than going via Brussels, but if you book in advance you can get cheap advance-purchase fares for the TGV that make the price similar to going via Brussels.  The key advantage is that you can stop off in Paris if you like.

To check train times & fares and book London-Luxembourg tickets via Paris, use www.raileurope.comWho are raileurope.com?

TGV from Paris arrived at Luxembourg   TGV bar car

A TGV from Paris arrived at Luxembourg.  There's no check-in, you just walk up to it & get on.

 

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes.  Larger photo.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class (standard class) with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  360 degree photo.

 

1st class seats, used for standard première and business première. Seats are arranged 2+1 across the car width.  360 degree photo.

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large bullet pointEuropean Rail Timetable & map

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 set up a private venture and resumed publication of the famous European Rail Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online at www.amazon.co.uk (UK addresses) or www.europeanrailtimetable.eu (shipping worldwide).  More information on what the European Rail Timetable contains.

Rail Map Europe is the map I recommend, covering all of Europe from Portugal in the west to Moscow & Istanbul in the east, Finland in the north to Sicily & Athens in the south.  Scenic routes & high-speed lines are highlighted.  See an extract from the map.  Buy online at www.europeanrailtimetable.eu (shipping worldwide) or for £9.67 at www.amazon.co.uk (UK addresses).

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large bullet pointRecommended guidebooks

Amazon logoTake 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!

  Rough Guide to Belgium & Luxembourg - buy online at Amazon.co.uk   Lonely Planet Belgium & Luxembourg - buy online at Amazon.co.uk   Click to buy - Lonely Planet Western Europe

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large bullet pointHotels in Luxembourg

Find hotels at Booking.comMy favourite hotel search site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally prefer booking my hotels all in one place here.  You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.  I never book hotels non-refundably.  I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with anything over 8.0.

Tip:  It can pay to compare prices across multiple hotel sites:  HotelsCombined.com is a price comparison site which compares hotel prices on Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and many others.  Though if there's not much in it, I prefer keeping all my bookings together in one place at www.booking.com.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

www.tripadvisor.com is the place to find independent travellers' reviews of all the main hotels.

Backpacker hostels...

www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in Paris and most other European cities at rock-bottom prices.

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Columbus direct travel insurance

 

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Always take out travel insurance...

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

UK flagIn the UK, reliable insurers include Columbus Direct.

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If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

UK flagYou can use www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

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

 US flag If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

 

Curve card

Get a Curve card to save on foreign transaction fees...

Banks often give a poor exchange rate, then charge a currency conversion fee as well.  A Curve MasterCard means no foreign transaction fees and gives you the mid-market exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month as I write this.  The balance goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.  And you can get a Curve card for free.

How it works:  1. Download the app for iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve MasterCard - they send to most European addresses including the UK.  3. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app.  4. Now use the Curve MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, just like a normal MasterCard. Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance onto whichever of your debit or credit cards you choose.  You can even change your mind about which card it goes onto, within 14 days of the transaction.

I use a Curve Blue card myself - I get a little commission if you sign up to Curve, but I'm recommending it here because I think it's great.  See details, download the app and get a Curve card - they'll give you £5 cashback through that link, too.

 

Express VPN

Get a VPN for safe browsing.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explainedExpressVPN is a best buy and I use it myself - I've signed up as an ExpressVPN affiliate, and if you go with expressvpn.com using the links on this page, you should see a special deal, 3 months free with an annual subscription, and I get a small commission to help support this site.

 


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