Eurostar train from London to Paris

You can buy special tickets to London to connect with Eurostar, learn about these here.

We don't all live in London

Most of us start from 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 using a ferry from the north of England, East Anglia or south coast.

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Option 1, book at

Any station in Britain to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam & beyond

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Option 2, buy a separate ticket to London

These days, you usually end up buying a separate ticket for the British domestic part of a journey to mainland Europe, and you'll need to buy it separately if you want to book Eurostar more than 2-3 months ahead, before UK rail bookings open.  You have two options:

Buy a regular ticket to London

Or buy a ticket to London International CIV

  A ticket to London International CIV

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Option 3, board Eurostar in Ebbsfleet or Ashford

Ebbsfleet International (M25)

Ashford (Kent)

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Option 4, take a ferry from Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth, Newhaven, Dover

  Brittany Ferries 'Bretagne' at Portsmouth...

Brittany Ferries Bretagne waiting to sail from Portsmouth to Caen.

If you live in the on the South Coast or in the West Country, you can of course buy a ticket to London and take Eurostar to mainland Europe.  But also consider a ferry crossing from Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth, Newhaven or Dover then a train to Paris.

Portsmouth to Paris

Plymouth to Paris

Brighton & Newhaven to Paris

Dover to Paris

Portsmouth or Plymouth to Spain

Other routes

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  London to Amsterdam via the Stena Line ferry

The Stena Hollandica

Option 5, take a ferry from Harwich

If you live in East Anglia, you can of course buy a ticket to London and take Eurostar to mainland Europe.  But you can also 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, Great Yarmouth and London Liverpool Street) to either Hoek van Holland or any station in the Netherlands (for example, Amsterdam or Utrecht) using Stena Line's Harwich-Hoek van Holland ferry.

  DFDS Seaways Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry, at South Shields ferry terminal

DFDS ferry at Newcastle

Option 6, take a ferry from Hull or Newcastle

If you live in the north of England or Scotland, you can of course buy a ticket to London and take Eurostar to mainland Europe.  As Kings Cross and St Pancras stations are adjacent, and Euston only 10 minutes walk away, interchange is really easy between Eurostar and domestic UK trains arriving at Euston, Kings Cross or St Pancras.

However, you can also by-pass London completely, taking a comfortable overnight ferry with cosy cabins direct from Newcastle to Amsterdam or Hull to Rotterdam, with onward train connections to Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic and so on.


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