Going to London with the High Speed Train
Taking the Eurostar London to Paris high speed train connection is one of the easiest ways to get to London from continental Europe, as well as being one of the busiest European routes.
The journey is short (just over 2 hours) and comfortable and there are several daily trains, meaning also several possibilities throughout the day to fit the schedule that suits you best. It becomes short as it uses the Channel Tunnel rail link (also known as Chunnel or Le Shuttle operated by Eurotunnel), a great connection of the UK to the mainland.
Another great advantage of taking the train Eurostar London to Paris is that the trip starts and finishes in well located and central train stations, so even when is late night you have the options to go from the train stations to your final destination (or vice-versa) with an underground line, bus or even taxi, in front of or close to the stations.
Location of the Eurostar London Station
Until recent past, the main station in London for the Eurostar trains was Waterloo. However, since 2007, the beautifully refurbished St. Pancras International became the official London Paris train station.
St. Pancras is situated very close to London city centre (the station is located in Zone 1 of the underground network) and just next to King´s Cross tube station served by Piccadilly, Victoria, Northern, Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan tube lines.
The normal London Paris travel service provides more than 15 pairs of daily journeys of about 2 hours and 15 minutes to and from Paris Gare du Nord, with some extra services on Fridays and weekends. Since the first trains depart very early in the morning (before 7AM) and the last one late in the evening (after 9 PM), you have many options to fit your schedule.
Many people choose the trains departing after 6 PM on Fridays and return in the afternoon on Sundays, so to spend the whole weekend in London. Those are the busiest times, therefore when booking, you should do it well in advance to avoid unavailability for the hours you prefer.
In addition to Paris, the Eurostar trains also connect London directly to other destinations, such as Brussels (Bruxelles-Midi / Brussel-Zuid Station), Disneyland Paris (Marne-la-Vallée station), Avignon, Lille and Calais. Eurostar provides daily about 10 pairs of trains to and from Brussels with journey of approximately 2 hours, and 1 train to Disneyland, with journey time of about 2 hours and 50 minutes.
More Pros Than Cons With the Eurostar London to Paris Journey
Of course that if you are not so close from France and Belgium is more advantage to check for a cheap flight with a low cost airline to save few pounds, but if you can reach easily Paris, it won’t be a bad idea to search for good prices and Eurostar London to Paris deals. Same is valid if you are located in Brussels and vicinities:
- Eurostar main stations in Europe are conveniently and centrally located;
- Cheap tickets to London or at least some good deals most of the year (a return ticket Eurostar London to Paris or Brussels, for instance, can be booked for just over £69 for 2nd class and around £149 for 1st class, depending on availability and season);
- Kids aged 4-11 pay a cheaper fare, while less than 4 can travel for free;
- Short trip;
- The trains are comfortable and with good facilities (bar, power outlets, flexibility with luggage weight, and so on), including for people with physical disabilities;
- Pets and dogs are not allowed, however guide dogs for disabled people are allowed;
- Fast check-in process – normally you are fine arriving just 30 minutes or a bit more before the departure;
- Trains are punctual and with several departures during the day.