Eurostar: Tickets, Schedules and Routes

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Eurostar: An Overview

Eurostar Ticket Types
Eurostar Popular Routes
Eurostar FAQs
Eurostar: Ask an Expert

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Eurostar: Eurostar was first launched in 1994 and is the first and only high-speed train to travel from London to mainland Europe. The service runs to Paris, Lille, Brussels and Amsterdam. Running through Channel Tunnel (or the 'Chunnel' as it is known) from King’s Cross St. Pancras in London.

The Eurostar has opened up train travel in Europe to UK passengers. it is now possible to travel to over 100 European cities by train. With a quick transfer required in Paris, Lille or Brussels. You can now reach Europe's biggest cities, such as Berlin or even Rome, by train.

Eurostar Ticket Types

There are three types of tickets you can book with Eurostar. Once you have found the ticket that suits your needs you can book your journey using Omio's search.

Standard Tickets

  • Seat Reservation with the ability to choose where you sit on the train.
  • Access to the bar buffet car - Café Métropole.
  • Two pieces of luggage up to 85cm long and a small hand luggage included in the ticket price.
  • Passengers must arrive between 60 - 45 minutes before departure to check- in.
  • Tickets are non-refundable but can be exchanged for a £30 fee plus the difference in fare. Exchanges must be done before before departure.

Standard Premiere

  • All seats come with extra legroom and charging sockets.
  • A complimentary meal and drink served to your seat.
  • Two pieces of luggage up to 85cm long and a small hand luggage included in the ticket price.
  • Passengers must arrive between 60 - 45 minutes before departure to check- in.
  • Tickets are non-refundable but can be exchanged for a £40 fee plus the difference in fare. Exchanges must be done before before departure.

Business Premiere

  • All seats come with extra legroom and charging sockets.
  • Access to the business lounge before departure.
  • A complimentary 3 course meal and drink served to your seat.
  • Two pieces of luggage up to 85cm long and a small hand luggage included in the ticket price.
  • Passengers can arrive between up to 10 minutes before departure.
  • Tickets are flexible, can be exchanged or refunded before or after departure.
  • Taxi organizing service included.

Popular Eurostar Routes

For information about routes from London to other parts of Europe, follow the links below.



Eurostar: FAQs

What can I take with me on the Eurostar?

Most reasonable items are allowed as luggage but items such as gas, firearms, knives, weapons or explosives are not allowed. One of the best things about traveling by Eurostar is that you're allowed to take 2 large suitcase (no longer than 85cm) and a small piece of hand luggage with you. There is also no restrictions on liquids so you can take more than 100ml with you.

What is the Eurostar check in process?

Checking in to Eurostar is very straightforward. Most tickets require you to be there between 60 - 45 minutes before your train. Your bag will go through security but they are not as strict as airports so you can bring items that are more than 100ml.

How long does a Eurostar journey take?

The length of journey depends on your final destination.
  • The London to Paris Eurostar can take as little as 2 hours 15 minutes. The Eurostar leaves London for Paris around once every hour and departs every day of the week (except Christmas Day).
  • The London to Brussels Eurostar can take just 1 hour 48 minutes, this train has a stop at Lille allowing travelers to pick up trains to all over the rest of France. This service runs every few hours, 7 days a week (except Christmas Day).
  • The London to Amsterdam train can take just 3 hours 55 minutes, the train leaves a twice a day in the week and once a day at the weekend. There is currently need for a change in Brussels.

What facilities are available on the Eurostar?

All trains come with a bar carriage, Café Mètropole which serves snacks, hot beverages, and alcoholic drinks throughout the journey. If your ticket is a Standard Fare then plug sockets are only to be found in certain carriages. However, if you are Standard Premier or Business Premier than you will have a plug socket at your desk. There is WiFi but it can intermittent due to the tunnels and high-speed of the trains. There are also baby-changing departments as well as toilets in each carriage.

How do I get to London St. Pancras International to take the Eurostar?

Getting to St Pancras International Station is straightforward. Situated on the London Underground there are six different tube lines that feed into Kings Cross Station and from here you can get to St Pancras International by walking in just a few minutes. If you’re coming into London via Euston, St. Pancras International is just a few minutes’ walks away. There are also several buses that stop outside the station as well as a taxi rank.

What are the other Eurostar Stations like?

  • Paris, Gare Du Nord: In the 10th Arrondissement, the station is centrally located meaning you can walk out the station and start exploring! It is also on the Metro lines 4 and 5 allowing you to go further into Paris.
  • Brussels, Midi Station: Located in Saint - Gilles that station is just a few stops to the center of Brussels. The station is on tramlines 3 and 4 and metro stations 2 or 6.
  • Amsterdam, Centraal Station: Based right in the heart of Amsterdam and is on multiple tram, metro and bus lines.

Do I need to reserve a seat on Eurostar in advance?

Seat reservation come included in the ticket. If you would like to change your seat then you can go to the 'manage your booking' section and change your seat. It is advised to change your seat as early as possible to get the one you desire.

Can I get any extra assistance on the Eurostar?

If you have reduced mobility or disability then there is free special assistance to help you get to and from the train. You will either be helped by the Eurostar assist team at main stations such as St Pancras, Paris Gare du Nord and Brussel Midi. Other stations such as Amsterdam Centraal and Disneyland® there will be local special assistance to aid you. It is strongly recommended to pre-book assistants to ensure a smooth journey.
Onboard there are disabled toilets in carriages 9 and 10.

Ask the Expert about traveling on the Eurostar

"When I travel on the Eurostar, I always take a good read, my headphones for any digital entertainment (and to block out any chatty passengers), a bottle of water and a snack in a tote bag that I can tuck under the seat in front. By the time you’ve settled in, flicked through a magazine and munched on some crisps, you’ll be in France!"

"I must give a shout out to the wonderful staff, who remain unflustered despite the thousands of passengers they deal with every day. On my last trip, even though I’ve traveled via Eurostar plenty of times, this so-called ‘professional’ traveler managed to leave her backpack at security. I only noticed as I sat down in my seat, 10 minutes before departure… yet, the helpful platform guard stayed calm (much calmer than me) and got the bag sent up without a fuss. Another happy customer!"

Emma Sparks, Deputy Editor at lonelyplanet.com



At Omio we want to make traveling as fun and as stress-free as possible. That's why we teamed up with travel expert Emma Sparks to see what it's like to travel on the Eurostar. Click here if you would like to read more about her experience traveling by train from London to Paris.

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