As Audrey Hepburn famously said, “Paris is always a good idea.” If you’re taking the Eurostar from London to Paris, it’s usually a pleasant and quick journey.
However, if it’s your first time taking the Eurostar, you might feel a bit overwhelmed with all the details.
We’ve got you covered.
In this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know to take the Eurostar from London to Paris, from the security situation to how to get oriented when you arrive.
- How Often Does the Eurostar run from London to Paris?
- Which station does the Eurostar to Paris leave from?
- How much are Eurostar tickets from London to Paris?
- What are the different classes of service on the Eurostar from London to Paris?
- How intrusive is Eurostar Security?
- How early should I arrive for Eurostar Security at St Pancras?
- What services are available after Security at St Pancras Station?
Here’s everything you need to know about buying Eurostar tickets from London to Paris.
How long does the Eurostar take from London to Paris?
The Eurostar from London to Paris usually takes 2 hours 16 minutes, but occasional trains will take 2 hours 37 minutes.
You will know your journey duration when you select your ticket. Just make sure you account for the one-hour time difference.
Do remember that European train times use the 24-hour clock!
This can cause confusion when booking and travelling, so don’t get caught out.
The Eurostar runs from London to Paris every hour or so, with 14 trains per day running every day of the year except Christmas Day.
Your Eurostar to Paris leaves from St Pancras Station, which is in the heart of London. It’s just steps away from another famous station, King’s Cross. The two stations are side-by-side.
In fact, they share a London Underground Station that services them both. It’s called – you guessed it – King’s Cross St. Pancras.
The prices for Eurostar tickets from London to Paris can really vary. They work a lot like airplane tickets – prices are higher when demand is higher.
That means that the tickets will usually be a higher price during special occasions and holidays.
They also go up in price as the tickets sell, with the last few remaining tickets sold at the most expensive fares.
Standard economy tickets go down as low as about £30 per direction, usually for the early morning or late evening departures.
However, they can also go up to £300+! It’s always best to book far in advance.
There are three different classes of service on the Eurostar from London to Paris – Standard, Standard Premier, and Business.
With Standard Premier and Business Premier, you’ll have a bigger seat and be served complimentary meals and drinks from dedicated attendants.
Business Premier tickets include a three-course meal and champagne; the tickets are fully refundable or changeable.
You also get to use the Business Premier Lounges, which serve complimentary alcohol, coffee, soft drinks, and a selection of snacks.
Where can I buy Eurostar tickets?
While you can buy Eurostar tickets by calling their ticketing offices or in person at St Pancras Station, it is always best to buy them online.
You’ll see Eurostar tickets for sale on third-party websites, but we recommend you go directly to the source.
You don’t save any money booking with a third-party (in fact, you may even pay extra fees).
But the real problems occur if you need to make changes, or the train is cancelled.
Dealing with a third party can add all kinds of extra stress and fees – always book direct if you can.
Are there any discounts on Eurostar tickets?
You won’t usually find discounts on Eurostar tickets. However, you can sometimes find package deals that include hotel nights.
The costs can be lower than booking the train and hotel separately, which is attractive.
However, getting these packages does require booking through third-party sites, such as Expedia, and you might run into problems if you need to make changes.
You should weigh the savings against the potential issues you could run into.
In the past, Eurostar has offered an official discount partner called Eurostar Snap. With Snap, you could buy tickets for £25 - £45 each way.
However, you could only select “am” or “pm.” You didn’t learn your train times until the day before your train.
For instance, if you selected “am,” your train could be any time from 6am to 11:59am. If you chose “pm,” your train could be any time between 12:00 pm and the last train of the night, around 23:00h (11pm).
It pays to be prepared in advance – here are some facts about Eurostar Security at St Pancras Station.
Eurostar Security at St Pancras is very similar to airport security, with the exception that you can bring liquids on board.
The official guidance says you must arrive no later than 45-60 minutes before your train, but this can feel really tight at peak times.
Ninety minutes is usually a safer bet. Remember – arriving more than 2 hours early is usually a bad idea, as you will be placed in a ‘holding pen’ queue and not permitted to go through security.
Keep in mind that you may face long queues when you arrive, but these do usually move very quickly.
Before security, St Pancras is home to loads of great amenities, such as bars, restaurants, pubs, and fast food.
You’re also steps away from King’s Cross Station, and a short walk to the Coal Drops Yard restaurant complex.
However, beyond security you can still find the necessities, with a newstand a few ‘grab and go’ food kiosks, and a coffee shop.
In most cases, travelling on board a Eurostar train is a comfortable experience.
The seats are larger than standard airline seats, and you can always get up to stretch your legs. The journey really does fly by!
With Standard and Standard Premier tickets, you may bring 2 bags up to 85cm in length – there is no weight limit, but you must be able to carry your bags on your own.
You may also bring 1 piece of hand luggage. For Business Premier tickets, that allowance is increased to 3 bags up to 85cm in length, plus 1 piece of hand luggage.
Children are entitled to 1 bag up to 85cm in length, and 1 piece of hand luggage.
Remember that you won’t be ‘checking’ your bags – you will need to carry them through the station and onto the train.
There are large luggage racks at both ends of the train cars, as well as a smaller rack above the seats.
If you are worried about managing your bags, you can contact First Luggage for door-to-door baggage delivery.
If you are travelling in Standard Class, you can make your way to the dining car and buy a selection of sandwiches, hot items, snacks, coffees, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
However, if you are travelling in Standard Premier, you’ll be served a light meal and refreshments.
If you are in Business Premier, you’ll be served a 3-course meal and your choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Gare du Nord is a world-class train station that includes everything you need when you first arrive to Paris.
Gare du Nord means Station of the North, or Northern Station. It is in Central Paris, and well-connected to the Metro.
Bag storage is available on the lowest level of the station, below the SNCF ticket office. It is reasonably priced at around €6 for 24 hours. Follow signs within the station.
Restrooms and Showers
Follow the signs for the WC, located next to the Metro Entrance. It costs €1 to use the toilets, which are clean and well-maintained. You can also pay to take a shower
You’ll find the Paris Metro station just underneath the main Gare du Nord concourse – follow the signs.
You can catch Line 4 or Line 5, just buy your ticket at the machine first, which you can do in English.
Taxis and Ride-Sharing Apps
If you want to hail a taxi or pick up an Uber or Bolt, head out the main exit/entrance, located next to Five Guys.
There, you’ll see a scrum of cars waiting to pick people up and drop them off.
Ubers and Bolts are usually on-site, so only click the button when you’re ready to go!
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