Eurostar: Tickets, Routes & Destinations

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The Eurostar network is broadening its horizons. As of October 2023, Thalys has integrated with Eurostar, introducing fresh connections to Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Cities like Liege, Cologne, Dortmund, and the enchanting Disneyland® Paris are now part of Eurostar’s destinations. Begin your journey by booking these new Eurostar destinations on Omio.

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Eurostar Trains

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’s London to Amsterdam connection now offers direct journeys. Departing St. Pancras International in London and arriving in Amsterdam Centraal, the duration of your direct train will be around four hours. As not all London to Amsterdam connections are direct, it is possible you’ll have a stopover at Brussels-Midi/Zuid.

Having a stopover in Brussels can add at least another hour to your journey, so keep this in mind when planning your trip. When searching for your train to Amsterdam, Omio will always display the number of changes required for each particular route. If you can, choose the direct connection for a faster and more relaxed trip.

About Eurostar

The Eurostar is the only high-speed train with direct routes from the United Kingdom to France, the Netherlands and Belgium. Eurostar destinations include Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lille—all reachable from St. Pancras International in London via the Channel Tunnel.

The Eurostar makes hundreds of European destinations accessible by train with a quick transfer in one of its destination cities. Get the Eurostar to Paris and hop on a connection to Lyon, or travel to Amsterdam and switch to a Berlin-bound train. Getting from the U.K. to Europe has never been easier.

Advantages of taking the Eurostar

  • No airport transfers—depart from the city centre, arrive in the city centre
  • Bring two large luggage items with no weight restrictions
  • Arrive at the station just 30 minutes before departure—no airport wait times
  • No liquid or food restrictions—pack your own snacks, drinks and all your toiletries
  • Taking the Eurostar is the greenest way to travel from the U.K. to Europe
  • Travel by train and enjoy a comfortable, stress-free journey

How can I find the cheapest Eurostar tickets to avoid flying?

Travelling to Europe by train can sometimes be more expensive than flying, but the trick to saving some cash is to know when to book. Booking your Eurostar ticket as early as possible makes it easier to land a low-cost ticket. Tickets are available to book up to 120 days before departure, so book early and save.

Booking a midweek train can also lower the cost—Tuesday and Wednesday connections are usually the cheapest.

Booking a Eurostar train means no hidden costs. You can select your seat as well as bring two large luggage items (plus hand luggage) free of charge.

Eurostar Schedule

Trains from London to Paris
Trains from London to Brussels
Trains from Paris to London
Trains from Brussels to London
Trains from London to Amsterdam
Trains from Amsterdam to London

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 baggage up to 85cm long and a small hand baggage 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 baggage up to 85cm long and a small hand baggage 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 baggage up to 85cm long and a small hand baggage 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.

When is the best time to book a Eurostar ticket?

Booking to travel mid-week is usually the best time to find cheap Eurostar tickets. The morning and evening trains are more expensive, as are holiday evenings and Friday and Sunday afternoons.

When do Eurostar tickets go on sale?

Eurostar tickets usually go on sale between 138 and 190 days before departure and purchasing tickets as soon as possible is always best to get cheap Eurostar tickets. The Eurostar works on a seasonal basis, during the summer months between July and September trains go directly to Avignon, while during the winter months between December and April trains usually go direct to ski resorts such as Aime-la-Plagne or Bourg St. Maurice.

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 baggage 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 baggage 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 transfer 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

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.

Eurostar destinations

Not sure where to begin your Eurostar adventure? Check out these popular Eurostar destinations for travel details and nearby attractions:

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