France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Eurostar Trains London - Calais/Paris
A fast and easy way to travel between central London and Paris or Brussels is aboard a Eurostar train via the tunnel beneath the English Channel (La Manche).




Eurostar trains run frequently through the Channel Tunnel (or Chunnel) beneath the English Channel (La Manche) connecting London and Ebbsfleet, England with Calais, Lille and Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium; and from those cities to all the rest of the United Kongdom and Europe (map).


London - Paris

The most frequent trains run directly between London's St Pancras International station and the Gare du Nord in Paris (map).

London - Calais - Lille - Brussels

Several trains run daily between London-St Pancras and Ebbsfleet, England to Calais-Fréthun, Lille-Europe and Brussels.

These trains do not run to Paris, although you can change at Calais for TGV trains to other parts of France, and TER regional trains to cities near Calais.

Tickets & Boarding

Buy your tickets in advance online, or at any of the stations on the routes. There are Standard and Business class tickets.

All seats are reserved. Your ticket will show a coach/voiture number and your seat number. Signs on the train platform direct you to your coach/voiture.

You must check in for your train at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure time, and pass through a security check. Boarding usually takes place starting about 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Waiting areas beyond the security check have shops, cafés, etc.

On the Train

Surprisingly, on the hour-long journey between London and Calais, the train is in the Channel Tunnel only 22 minutes. Because it also passes through several shorter tunnels between London and the entrance to the Channel Tunnel, the trip is about half daylight and half tunnel-dark.

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Eurostar train, St Pancras Station, London, England

A Eurostar train awaits departure...




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