Eurostar train from London to Paris
 

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

We don't all live in London...

Most of us start our journeys at our local station.  On this page I'll explain the best ways to add UK train travel to your Eurostar journey, or to by-pass London completely on a ferry from the north of England, East Anglia, the West Country or south coast...

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Option 1:  Buy a Eurostar through ticket...

UPDATE 2020:  Through ticketing from UK towns & cities is temporarily not working.  It disappeared in March 2020 when Eurostar upgraded its ticketing system but was due to be reinstated soon afterwards.  However, the pandemic intervened.  UK through ticketing should eventually be restored after recovery from the pandemic. By all means go to www.eurostar.com (UK version) and see if it recognises station names such as Birmingham or Manchester or High Wycombe.  Let me know if the through tickets facility has been restored!

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

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Option 2:  Book at Raileurope.com...

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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 nsinternational.com or Belgian Railways b-europe.com.  In this case you'll want to book the UK leg separately.  You have several options:

...either a regular train ticket to London.

...or a special ticket to London International CIV.

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Option 4:  By Eurostar from Ebbsfleet or Ashford...

Ebbsfleet International (M25)...

Ashford (Kent)...

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  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...

Option 5:  By ferry from Hull or Newcastle...

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.

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Option 6:  By ferry from 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   www.condorferries.co.uk  
Portsmouth     Cherbourg     Brittany Ferries   Portsmouth   Le Havre     Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth   Caen   Brittany Ferries   Newhaven   Dieppe   www.ldlines.co.uk

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.

To check train times & fares from any of these French ports to Paris (and to book online) use either Raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com (both with a small booking fee) or en.oui.sncf (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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  London to Amsterdam via the Stena Line ferry

The Stena Hollandica

Option 7:  By ferry from Harwich...

If you live in East Anglia, you can buy a cheap Stena Line 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.

There are daytime trains from the Netherlands to places such as Berlin or Basel, arriving in the evening.  Use www.bahn.de to find train times & buy tickets from Amsterdam or Utrecht onwards, allowing plenty of time for connections, or book by calling German Railways' English-speaking line on 00 49 (0)30 311 68 29 04, lines open 08:30-20:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday & Sunday UK time, 1.5% fee for phone bookings.


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