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Traveling from London to Paris on a high-speed Eurostar train

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Thinking about heading to Paris, the French capital, and want more information on how to take the train from London to Paris? Start your journey here! 

The train from London to Paris can take just 2 hours and 16 minutes on the fastest high-speed Eurostar services. Each day, there are around 16 trains running from the English capital to the French capital, through the Channel Tunnel. If you want to treat yourself, why not check out Eurostar's Business Premier class?

Also, unlike air travel, you won't have to wait to collect your baggage or get a transfer from the airport. Eurostar services drop you off in the heart of the capital, so you can pick up your bags, step off the train and explore Paris straight away!

When you arrive at Paris Gare du Nord station, you’ll find Metro and RER trains nearby to start exploring the city. There are many things to do in Paris, including visiting the city’s major landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre.

If you're traveling over the holidays, check out our guide to traveling from London to Paris over Christmas.

Ready to book? Begin your search for cheap train tickets from London to Paris with us today using our Journey Planner or keep reading for information on what to expect on board, an explanation of Eurostar's classes, and an expert review of what you can expect on the train journey. 

London to Paris by train

It takes an average of 2h 22m to travel from London to Paris by train, over a distance of around 212 miles (342 km). There are normally 17 trains per day traveling from London to Paris and tickets for this journey start from $65.26 when you book in advance.

First train

6:01 am

Last train

8:01 pm

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Paris

Journey time

From 2h 17m

Distance

212 miles (342 km)

Frequency

17 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $65.26

Train and bus operators

BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus

London to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Paris for Tuesday Jun 25th 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
8:01 am 10:21 am 2h 20m, direct
9:31 am 11:50 am 2h 19m, direct
10:31 am 12:50 pm 2h 19m, direct
11:31 am 1:51 pm 2h 20m, direct
12:31 pm 2:50 pm 2h 19m, direct
1:31 pm 3:50 pm 2h 19m, direct
2:31 pm 4:50 pm 2h 19m, direct
3:31 pm 5:51 pm 2h 20m, direct
4:31 pm 6:50 pm 2h 19m, direct
5:31 pm 7:50 pm 2h 19m, direct

Eurostar trains from London to Paris

You can travel from London to Paris on Eurostar trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for baggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included). On October 1, 2023, Eurostar and Thalys joined forces and are now united under the Eurostar name. Eurostar now runs trains on more routes between France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. These trains, with their distinctive red color scheme, have three classes: Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to First Class, with lounge access included).

Eurostar classes from London to Paris

Compare the different travel classes offered by Eurostar when traveling from London to Paris.

Onboard services on Eurostar

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from London to Paris.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

Although there's no weight limit for your baggage on Eurostar trains, you must be able to carry your bags safely by yourself.

Each bag must be clearly labeled and must be no longer than 33.4 inches (for trains to and from the United Kingdom) or no larger than 29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches (for trains in Europe).

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Are you traveling to or from the United Kingdom? In Eurostar Standard Class, choose from a wide selection of drinks and snacks at the Eurostar Café, the onboard bar car in the middle of the train. Cards and cash (Euros or pounds) are accepted. If you're traveling in Standard Premier, a light meal and a drink will be served at your seat. Travel in Business Premier and you'll be treated to a gourmet meal, as well as a continuous drinks service throughout your journey.

For all other Eurostar trains (red trains, formerly Thalys), head to the bar car and choose from a wide range of hot and cold drinks as well as savory and sweet snacks.
In Premium class, you'll get a free meal served directly to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Eurostar doesn't have an onboard entertainment portal. However, there is free WiFi available, as well as UK and EU power outlets at your seat so you can charge your devices while traveling.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids of all ages need their passport to travel with Eurostar.
  • Children under 4 can travel free on Eurostar trains, as long as they're sitting on an accompanying adult's lap. Alternatively, you can book them their own seat with a child ticket.
  • If you're alone with kids, you can pre-book assistance so that a member of Eurostar staff can help you during your journey.
  • Kids under 12 must travel with someone over 16, while those aged 12-15 can travel alone if they have an unaccompanied minor form (excluding direct trains to/from the Netherlands).
  • 16 to 17-year-olds can travel alone if they meet all legal requirements.
  • You'll find changing tables on all Eurostar trains, as well as family-oriented seating (4 seats facing one another) where available.
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

Generally, Eurostar trains running to and from the United Kingdom can't transport fully assembled bikes - though on certain trains between London and Brussels, you may be able to book a bike space by contacting Eurostar. You can, however, take a foldable bike on board Eurostar trains to and from the UK provided that it's no more than 33.4 inches long and it fits in a protective bag that covers the whole bicycle. Folded bikes are treated as standard baggage.

For all other Eurostar trains in Europe, a limited number of non-foldable bikes can be brought on board, provided that the wheels are taken off and the whole bicycle is stored in a suitable cover (max. size 53.1 x 33.4 x 11.8 inches). Foldable bicycles are also permitted and count towards standard baggage limits.

PetPetPets

The rules around traveling with your pets depend on whether you're traveling across the Channel or not, so check before you travel:

Eurostar trains to and from the United Kingdom:

  • Pets are not permitted on board.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs can travel, but they must be accompanied by their owner. You must also reserve a ticket for your assistance dog at least 48 hours before travel, by filling out Eurostar's contact form.

Trains in the rest of Europe:

  • Small dogs and other pets weighing less than 13 lbs (6 kg) can travel for free. They must travel in a cage or carrier (max. dimensions 17.7 x 11.8 x 9.8 inches).
  • If your dog is larger than this, you must buy them a dog ticket (generally the price is fixed at €30, around $32), and the dog must travel on your lap or on the ground, on a lead and with a muzzle.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs, whatever their size, travel for free.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need help getting on or off the train, you should contact Eurostar directly before your trip. To use Eurostar's special assistance program, fill in this contact form at least 48 hours before your journey so that the team can help you.

If you're traveling on trains to/from the United Kingdom:

  • Arrive at least one hour before your train's scheduled departure time, then head to the Eurostar Assist desk or ask a member of staff.
  • If you have a wheelchair, you must reserve a wheelchair space in either Standard Premier or Business Premier - you'll only pay for a Standard Class ticket. Someone can travel with you at a discounted rate.

If you're traveling on red trains in the rest of Europe:

  • Wheelchairs can be transported as long as they're no bigger than 27.5 inches long and 47.2 inches high. The wheelchair's turning circle must be no larger than 59 inches in diameter. The combined weight of the wheelchair, passenger and any baggage must not exceed 661 lbs (300 kg).
  • Please note that combustion engine-powered wheelchairs are not permitted on board. However, electric wheelchairs are allowed.
InfoInfoOther

Specific restrictions for trains to/from the United Kingdom:

Liquids:

  • There's no restriction on liquids. However, there are restrictions on alcohol: you can take 4 bottles/cans of beer or 1 bottle of wine per person to enjoy on the journey; large bottles of spirits are not permitted. If you're traveling with large quantities of alcohol, you should contact a courier service.

 

Sports equipment:

  • You can travel with a golf bag as long as it's no larger than 47.2 x 13.7 x 13.7 inches.
  • You can bring tents or other shelters if they're stored in bags or cases less than 33.4 inches long.
  • Camping gas or butane bottles are not permitted on board.
  • Camping utensils or tools such as pocket knives and Swiss army knives are permitted provided the blades are less than 3 inches long. Folding knives where the blade locks into place are prohibited.
  • You can bring bats, snooker or pool cues and darts on board if they're stored in a protective case.

Cheap train tickets from London to Paris

The price of train tickets from London to Paris starts at $65.26 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from London to Paris by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

How many bags are allowed in the different Eurostar classes?

Standard/Standard Premier

  • 2 pieces of luggage up to 85cm (33.4 inches) long
  • 1 carry-on bag, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase

Business Premier

  • 3 pieces of luggage up to 85cm (33.4 inches) long
  • 1 carry-on bag, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase

Children (for all classes)

  • 1 piece of luggage up to 85cm (33.4 inches) long
  • 1 carry-on bag, e.g. backpack or laptop bag

Traveling from the airport to central London

If you’re visiting London from the US, chances are you’ll be arriving at one of London’s airports. Want to know how to get to central London from the airport? Keep reading for more details. 

London has six major airports:

  • Heathrow Airport
  • Gatwick Airport
  • Stansted Airport
  • London City Airport
  • Luton Airport
  • London Southend Airport

Each airport is well-connected to Zone 1 in central London thanks to the city’s extensive rail and bus network. Trains are typically the quickest way to get from the airport to the city center. Read more about UK airport transfers in our guide. 

Everything you need to know about London St Pancras station

How to get to London St Pancras International station

Conveniently located in the center of the capital, London St. Pancras International station can be easily reached by National Rail, London Underground, bus services or car.

King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station is served by 6 Tube lines, including the Hammersmith & City (pink line), Circle (yellow line), Metropolitan (purple line), Northern (black line), Piccadilly (dark blue line) and Victoria (light blue) lines.

Planning to travel by train? You can get to London St Pancras from Euston, Victoria, and Paddington stations in around half an hour.

Eurostar route map

Fancy heading to France by train? You can travel on Eurostar and get from London to Paris in just 2 hours and 16 minutes*. Check out the route below - and yes, the train really does go underwater!

* Fastest journey time

Arriving at Paris Gare du Nord station from London

Your Eurostar train from London St Pancras will arrive right in the heart of the French capital at Paris Gare du Nord station.

Since all the passport checks are done before leaving the UK, you can step off the train and start exploring the city straight away.

Not far from the platform, you’ll find Métro and RER trains to whisk you to Paris’ top museums and galleries. From the quaint cobbled streets and independent boutiques along Canal St Martin to the hip new foodie hangouts across the 10th arrondissement, this is an area packed with Parisian flavor you don’t want to miss!

Using public transport in Paris

Taking the Métro in Paris

Paris Métro is the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to travel around the city. If you want to skip the queues at Gare du Nord, you can buy your Métro ticket at Café Métropole on board the Eurostar.

If you’re planning to travel around Paris and France, we recommend you buy a T+ ticket – it allows connections between the Métro and RER trains in central Paris and will take you to all the main stations in Paris where you can catch a connecting TGV high-speed train to other French cities.

Did you know? Children under 4 can travel for free on the Métro, RER, bus, and tramway services, provided they sit on your lap and don’t occupy a seat. Kids under 10 get 50% off the ticket price.

Taking a taxi in Paris

If you want to get a taxi, you can find a line of taxis parked near Eurostar arrivals at Paris Gare du Nord station. Just head to the concourse at the front of the train, then take the exit on the right where you'll see the line of taxis.

Traveling to the airport from central Paris

Is Paris the last stop on your European tour? If you’re flying back home to the States and want to know how to get from central Paris to the airport, keep reading for more details. 

In Paris, there are three major airports: 

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  • Orly Airport (ORY)
  • Beauvais Tillé Airport (BVA)

Each airport offers a bus and taxi service, but only Charles de Gaulle and Orly have their own dedicated train stations (the nearest train station to Beauvais Tillé is nearby Beauvais station). Find out more about transfers to and from airports in Paris

Going through the Chunnel from London to Paris

Does the train from London to Paris go underwater?

Yes, trains from London to Paris travel underwater. In fact, the Channel Tunnel (or Chunnel, as it’s sometimes known), is just over 31 miles in length and is the longest continuous underwater tunnel in the world. Traveling at a maximum speed of 100 mph in the Chunnel, it takes a Eurostar train around 35 minutes to travel this underwater stretch between London and Paris.

How long is the Chunnel from London to Paris?

In total, the Chunnel tunnel is 31.3 miles in length, and it takes a Eurostar train approximately 35 minutes to travel its full length. In total, the fastest journey time from London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord is 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Things to see and do in and around Paris

Boasting fascinating architecture, delicious cuisine and monument-lined boulevards, Paris is always a great idea! To help inspire your trip to the French capital, here are some ideas for things to do in Paris:

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail Pass

After visiting Paris, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.

 

FAQs for London to Paris

Want to know more about your journey from London to Paris? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Paris take?

The average journey time by train between London and Paris is 2 hours and 22 minutes, with around 17 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Paris is 2 hours and 17 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Paris cost?

Train tickets from London to Paris can start from as little as $65.26 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from London to Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Paris without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from London to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to Paris leave?

The first train from London to Paris leaves at 06:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Paris leave?

The last train from London to Paris leaves at 20:01. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between London and Paris by train?

Trains travelling from London to Paris cover a distance of around 212 miles (342 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to London.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Traveling from London to Paris in Eurostar Standard Class

Catching the train at London St Pancras station 

All Eurostar trains depart from London St Pancras station – not to be confused with King’s Cross station next door (the two stations share a Tube stop). Once you’re at St Pancras, look out for signs towards the Eurostar departures area, which is situated in the middle of the station. 

I was heading to Paris after work and arrived around an hour before my train’s scheduled departure time of 7:01 pm. The ticket gates close 30 minutes before departure, so it’s important to arrive in plenty of time – Eurostar recommends arriving 90 minutes before your train leaves. 

I scanned my ticket at the automatic ticket gates. I then had to go through security (similar to airport baggage checks, though there are no liquids limits here) and passport control before reaching the Eurostar departures lounge. There are shops in the waiting area as well as some seating, though often there aren’t enough seats for everyone, so be prepared to stand around for a little while before your train.  

Around half an hour before departure, our platform was announced, and we headed to get seated. It’s a long train so boarding can take a little while, but there’s no need to worry. Everyone has allocated seats on their tickets, so it was easy to find our places and get settled in. There’s plenty of baggage storage at the ends of each car and overhead too, though it’s important to stick to the baggage size limits so there’s enough room for everyone. 

Baggage storage racks on a Eurostar train; four large suitcases, two on each rack

Traveling in Eurostar Standard Class 

I love traveling with Eurostar. The trains have everything you need, even in Standard Class. Power outlets (both UK and European) at your seat, free WiFi, a café bar (Café Métropole)... What more could you want? I’ve always wondered what it’s like in Standard Premier, though – you get light refreshments served at your seat throughout the journey, so it feels like it would add a little touch of luxury... Perhaps next time! 

I’m always surprised by how it takes so little time to get to France from London – in half an hour, we reached the Channel Tunnel, and an hour into the journey we were already in Calais! After this, it takes around an hour and a quarter to reach the City of Light. 

Plug sockets (one UK three pin and one European two pin) on a Eurostar train

Arriving at Paris Gare du Nord 

After just 2 hours and 16 minutes, we pulled into Paris Gare du Nord at 10:17 pm – watch out for the one-hour time difference across the Channel! This is one of Paris’ main stations, so it’s well-connected to other places across the city. 

Overall, the journey from London to Paris was fast and fuss-free. It was easy to board the train even with a large suitcase, and I was glad not to have to worry about weight or liquid restrictions for my baggage. I’d recommend traveling from London to Paris by Eurostar to anyone, whether you’re going for a short weekend break or a longer trip. 

Kristina, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between London and Paris.


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