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...

Eurostar 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 may eventually be restored post-pandemic, although there's no sign of it yet.  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.  I will leave the information below, in case it is restored...

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

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Option 2, book at Raileurope.com...

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

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Option 3, buy a separate ticket...

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

...buy a regular train ticket to London.

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

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Option 4, board Eurostar in Ebbsfleet or Ashford...

Ebbsfleet International (M25)...

Ashford (Kent)...

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Option 5, 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 Santander & Spain...

Other routes...

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  London to Amsterdam via the Stena Line ferry

The Stena Hollandica

Option 6, 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 5, 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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