Eurostar train from London to Paris

You can buy through tickets to Paris or Brussels from 130 UK towns & cities at

We don't all live in London...

...most of us will start our journey to mainland Europe at our own local station somewhere in Britain.  This page explains the best ways to add affordable UK train travel to your Eurostar journey, and some useful ways to by-pass London completely using ferry services from the North of England, East Anglia, the West Country & South Coast, avoiding London.  Here are the main options:

Option 1:  Eurostar through tickets

...from over 100 UK towns & cities to Paris or Brussels.

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Option 2: Use

Book from any station in Britain to most European destinations at

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Option 3: Buy a separate ticket

You might want to book Eurostar more than 3 months ahead, which rules out options 1 & 2.  Or you might want to buy European tickets from a site which doesn't do through tickets from British stations north of London such as Dutch Railways or Belgian Railways  In this case you'll want to book the UK leg separately.  You have several options:

...Buy a regular train ticket to London.

...or buy a special ticket to London International CIV, a well-kept secret.

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Option 4:  Ebbsfleet & Ashford

You don't have to board Eurostar in London.  Many Eurostars call at Ebbsfleet on the M25 and a few call at Ashford in Kent.

Ebbsfleet International (M25)...

Ashford (Kent)...

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Option 5:  By ferry from the North

If you live in the north of England or Scotland, by all means buy a Eurostar through ticket or buy a ticket to London to connect with Eurostar.  As Kings Cross and St Pancras stations are adjacent, and Euston only a short walk away, interchange is really easy between Eurostar and domestic UK trains arriving at Euston, Kings Cross or St Pancras.  But depending on your final destination, also consider by-passing London & Eurostar, using an overnight cruise ferry direct from the North of England to mainland Europe.

  DFDS Seaways ferry "Queen of Scandinavia"  Photo courtesy of DFDS.

Cruise overnight from Newcastle to Amsterdam with DFDS Seaways, then take onward trains to Munich, Zurich, Vienna, Milan, Copenhagen, Warsaw or Prague... Photo courtesy of DFDS

See the video...

Take a ferry from Newcastle or Hull...

... then onward trains from Amsterdam to anywhere in Europe...

Option 6: Ferry from west or south

Travelling from the West of England or South Coast?

  Brittany Ferries 'Bretagne' at Portsmouth...

Brittany Ferries Bretagne waiting to sail from Portsmouth to Caen...

If you live in the West Country or along the South Coast, by all means buy a Eurostar through ticket or buy a ticket to London to connect with Eurostar.  But also consider a ferry crossing direct to France then a train to Paris.  Once in Paris you can pick up the trains to Italy, Switzerland or Spain shown on the relevant country pages of this site.

From:   To:   Operator   From:   To:   Operator
Plymouth   Roscoff   Brittany Ferries   Portsmouth   St Malo   Brittany Ferries
Poole   Cherbourg   Brittany Ferries     Weymouth/Poole     St Malo  
Portsmouth     Cherbourg     Brittany Ferries   Portsmouth   Le Havre     Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth   Caen   Brittany Ferries   Newhaven   Dieppe

For example, taking the 23:45 overnight Brittany Ferries ship from Portsmouth to Caen with a comfortable cabin reserved arriving 07:30, then taking the 09:24 train from Caen to Paris arriving 11:11, works well to catch an afternoon train to the South of France or Switzerland, or even the overnight sleepers to Italy or Spain.  The 22:00 overnight ferry from Plymouth arrives Roscoff 08:00, a train from Roscoff will get you to Paris by around 16:10-18:20.

To check train times & fares from any of these French ports to Paris (and to book online) use either or (both charge a small booking fee) or (a bit more fiddly, but no booking fee).  Once in Paris you can pick up the trains to the South of France, Spain, Italy & Switzerland recommended on the other country pages of this site.  Remember to allow plenty of time (90 minutes+) for interchange between ferry and railway station at the French port.

Portsmouth to Paris...

The overnight ferry+train 'sleeper service' from London & Portsmouth to Le Havre & Paris is shown on the London to Paris by train+ferry page.

Dover to Paris...

The train + ferry journey from London & Dover to Calais & Paris is shown on the London to Paris by train+ferry page.

By direct ferry to Spain...

Don't forget that Brittany Ferries sail up to 5 times each week direct from Plymouth & Portsmouth to Santander & Bilbao in northern Spain, see the Spain by ferry page.  It's a superb way to get there.

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Option 7:  By Harwich-Hoek ferry

Travelling from East Anglia?

If you live in East Anglia, you can buy a cheap Rail & Sail train+ferry ticket from any Greater Anglia rail station (including Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich, Kings Lynn, Ely, Bury St Edmunds or even London) to any station in the Netherlands (for example, Amsterdam or Utrecht) via Stena Line's Harwich-Hoek van Holland superferries.  See the Stena Line Rail & Sail page for details.

Go Harwich-Hoek & take onwards trains to anywhere in Europe...

There are daytime trains from the Netherlands to places such as Berlin or Basel, arriving in the evening.  Use to find train times from Hoek van Holland, allowing plenty of time for connections, then book the trains by calling DB's UK office on 08718 80 80 66, lines open 0900-1700 Monday-Friday.

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