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