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Eurostar in 2 minutes top time!
Inaugurated by Mitterrand and Elizabeth II in 1994
Not to be confused with the Shuttle
50km of Channel Tunnel in 20 minutes
2h15 of travel time between Paris and London....
5 European countries
More than 10M passengers/year
Speeds up to 320km/h
Eurostar and Thalys merge
Since 2023, Thalys and Eurostar have merged under the Eurostar banner. In addition to all the routes initially operated by Eurostar, the group now serves the former Thalys lines. From now on, under its new logo, the Eurostar group will cover 5 European countries: France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
Eurostar is a high-speed train, or TGV, to London from Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam. But Eurostar also serves other destinations such as Disneyland Paris, Lyon or the south of France with Marseille for example. Thanks to the e300 and e320 trains, Eurostar can reach an approximated speed of 320 km/h. With comfortable seats, faster check-in and passport control than at the airport, Eurostar takes you from one city center to another, making it the most comfortable means of transport to connect the continent to London.
3 tips to get a cheap Eurostar ticket
Book your Eurostar tickets in advance : Eurostar train tickets are available between 150 and 280 days. Book in advance to make sure you get the cheapest tickets as their number is very limited. They sell (very) fast, leaving only the most expensive tickets.
Travel by Eurostar in off-peak periods : on Eurostar, ticket prices are cheaper during off-peak hours, at the start of the week and during the day. Mid-week trips (Tuesday to Thursday) are often the cheapest. For the best prices, avoid taking Eurostar in the morning and evening during the week (due to many professionals...), on Friday and Sunday evenings(favourable for weekend departures), during public holidays and also during school holidays.
Buy your Eurostar tickets on Kombo : Kombo is connected to almost all ticket sources and can find the cheapest Eurostar tickets. Our algorithms also allow you to combine Eurostar tickets with other train tickets to connect more cities. We may also find alternatives to Eurostar, With bus trips for example,which are often much more cheaper.
How much do Eurostar tickets cost?
Eurostar ticket prices can start at €39 during promotions but can reach €250 at the last minute. Of course, the price also depends on the class you choose. Here is a summary table of the average prices per class for a Paris-London trip:
Paris - London: is it better to take Eurostar, the bus, the plane?
-By Eurostar: The advantage of Eurostar is that you go and arrive directly at the city centre in Paris, Brussels, or London. As for the price, it usually varies. Some promotions allow you to get cheap Eurostar tickets. But during the last moments, the prices are higher. If you're in a hurry, look no further, Eurostar is for you!
-By Plane: The plane demands you should be at least 1h30min in advance at the airport for controls. And the journey is from the airport to the airport. If it brings you closer to where you're going, it may be ideal! But if you are going to the centre, make sure you count travel time and public transport or taxi costs.
-By Bus: What about the bus compared to Eurostar? If you are economical and flexible in time to go to London, use the bus. And what about the best price? That's why you'll need Kombo, which allows you to find the cheapest Eurostar tickets.
What are the differences between Standard, Standard Premier and Business Premier on Eurostar?
Eurostar classes offer a range of services to suit all budgets, whether you travel for work or leisure.
Standard : the Eurostar Standard ticket is the cheapest. It is preferable to book in advance, as Standard tickets tend to sell quickly. Holders of standard tickets can take 2 suitcases + 1 carry-on baggage for free. Passengers can also enjoy free WiFi and seat selection. Standard tickets are modifiable with a 40€ fee.
Prime Standard : slightly more expensive than the Standard ticket type, the Premier Standard ticket offers additional services. In addition to the advantages of Standard tickets, Standard Premier tickets offer spacious seats with more legroom, a wide choice of free magazines and newspapers, a light meal and drinks served in your place. Standard tickets are modifiable with a 50€ fee.
Business Premier: Business Premier ticket holders can enjoy all of the above advantages. Also, passengers will benefit from 3 luggage bags instead of 2, a hot menu designed by the famous chef Raymond Blanc, the Business Premier lounge before boarding, a check-in in only 10 minutes and a taxi reservation service. But above all, this type of Business Premier ticket allows flexible travel: you can modify and cancel your trip, before your departure or up to 60 days after your departure, all at no cost.
Is there a Eurostar subscription?
No ! on the other hand, Eurostar teams have set up the "Eurostar Club", a loyalty program that offers you tickets or discounts. You earn 1 point for every £1 spent and these points entitle you to specific privileges managed by Eurostar:
- From 200 points: You get Eurostar tickets at reduced prices
- From 500 points : upgrade
- From 1,000 points : a round trip by Eurostar to London
To benefit from these advantages, you must register upstream on the Eurostar website.
How long before the departure of the Eurostar must I register?
To get your Eurostar without being in a rush, it is recommended to arrive at least 45 minutes earlier. We recommend that you get there 1 hour beforehand to have more time, take advantage of the shops and get those items you need for the trip. Occasionally (maybe due to border police strikes...) the check-in time can be extended. Always check before you leave.
What are the Eurostar train schedules?
Depending on the time of day, there is a Eurostar every 30 minutes or every hour. From Paris, the first trains leave from 7 am to 9 pm. From London, the first trains leave from 5:30 in the morning, until 7:00 in the evening.
Which stations are served by Eurostar?
The Paris terminal for Eurostar is Paris Gare du Nord, located in the 10th district, which is 20 minutes' walk away from Notre Dame's Cathedral. To take the Eurostar, you have to go up to the 1st floor of the Gare du Nord using the escalators located in the middle of the station.
At Disneyland Paris, Eurostar arrives at the station Gare de Marne-la-Vallée - Chessy, located 5 minutes walk away from the Disneyland Resort. You can also leave your luggage at the station and go directly to the park with Disney Express package. In London, Eurostar trains depart and arrive at St Pancras International Station, located north of the city centre. Before 2007, Eurostar arrived at Waterloo Station in London.
The Brussels-Midi station is located in the very heart of Brussels, which makes it easier to navigate in the Belgian capital. It is a large station with 22 platforms, and the Eurostar ticket office is marked near platform 8. When travelling in Brussels, your Eurostar ticket is automatically valid for the transfer between Brussels Midi (Zuid) and Brussels Central.
Amsterdam Centraal is located in the city centre, just north of the tourist attractions of the Binnenstad district. There are luggage depots if you arrive early and want to explore the city before you can check-in at your hotel.
Frequently asked questions about Eurostar
What should I bring with me on the Eurostar?
In addition to your travel ticket, you must bring: a valid passport or national identity card proof of travel insurance for all the countries you visit with your European Health Insurance Card
Who owns Eurostar?
The company that operates Eurostar, Eurostar International Limited (EIL), is 55 percent owned by SNCF, with the remainder belonging to investment funds and the Belgian railways, SNCB.
Where can I go with Eurostar?
Apart from Paris, London, Amsterdam and Brussels, Eurostar operates on a seasonal basis. During the summer, between July and September, some Eurostar trains go directly to Avignon, while during the winter months, between December and April, Eurostars can go directly to ski regions in the Alps such as Aime-la-Plagne or Bourg St Maurice.
At the station, how does boarding for Eurostar take place?
First you have to scan your Eurostar ticket, whether it is printed or in the form of a QR code available on your phone. Then you have to go through security check, cross the border and finally you will arrive in the waiting room. There are plenty of seats to , toilets as well as working tables with power outlets.
What services on the Eurostar?
There is a bar car dedicated to refreshments on Eurostar trains, with sandwiches, chips, olives, chocolate bars, coffee, hot chocolate or tea. You can then eat and drink in the restaurant car or take them back to your seat. There are operational power outlets on the Eurostars.
How do I get to Paris Gare du Nord to take the Eurostar to Paris?
Gare du Nord, the Eurostar station in Paris, is right in the city centre and easily accessible: metro lines 4 and 5, taxis, VTC or even Velib.
How do I get to London St. Pancras International to take the Eurostar?
It is easy to get to St Pancras International Station using the London Underground. Six different underground lines serve Kings Cross Station and from there you can walk to St Pancras International in just a few minutes. St. Pancras International is also just a few minutes from Euston.
Is it possible to take the Eurostar between London and Amsterdam?
Since April 2018, thanks to Eurostar, you can travel between London and Amsterdam in 3h41m, and unlike before there is no transfer in Brussels. The cheapest tickets cost around £35 one way.
Do I have to book a seat on Eurostar in advance?
A seat will be allocated to you when you make your reservation. And if there are free seats when you are on the train, you can easily move around to have more space.