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Traveling on a direct Eurostar train from Paris to London

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Planning a trip to the capital of the United Kingdom and want more information on how to travel by train from Paris to London? You’ve come to the right place! 

On average, the train time from Paris to London is 2 hours and 32 minutes, but can take just 2 hours and 17 minutes on the fastest high-speed Eurostar services. Each day, there around 12 trains running on this popular route from Paris to London. If you’re traveling on this route, your train will depart from Paris Gare du Nord Station and arrive at London St Pancras International station. 

If you’ve not traveled with Eurostar before, there’s no time like the present! You’ll check in at Paris Gare du Nord station, step on a modern e300 or e320 Eurostar train and enjoy comfortable seating, free WiFi, power outlets and an onboard café for snacks and drinks. Travel in Standard Premier or Business Class and you’ll receive a complimentary meal served at your seat. If you feel like traveling in style, why not treat yourself to a First Class experience in Eurostar Business Premier

When traveling on this route, you can wake up in Paris for a coffee, and arrive in London in time for a spot of lunch. Kings Cross St Pancras is served by six Underground lines, which means all of London’s iconic landmarks are within reach, including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and Hyde Park. If you're looking for something more romantic, why not explore the setting of the classic film Notting Hill? Not sure where to start? Find inspiration with our guide on the best things to do in London

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Feeling ready to book? Start your search for cheap Eurostar tickets from Paris to London in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like more information first, continue reading for FAQs, train times and advice on how to find cheap train tickets. 

Paris to London by train

It takes an average of 2h 38m to travel from Paris to London by train, over a distance of around 212 miles (342 km). There are normally 16 trains per day traveling from Paris to London and tickets for this journey start from $64.80 when you book in advance.

First train

06:58

Last train

21:11

Departure station

Paris

Arrival station

London

Journey time

From 2h 18m

Distance

212 miles (342 km)

Frequency

16 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $64.80

Train and bus operators

BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus

Paris to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to London for Tuesday Feb 27th 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
07:45 11:57 4h 12m, 1 change
08:12 10:30 2h 18m, direct
10:12 12:30 2h 18m, direct
09:51 13:57 4h 6m, 1 change
12:12 14:30 2h 18m, direct
12:15 15:57 3h 42m, 1 change
14:12 16:30 2h 18m, direct
15:12 17:35 2h 23m, direct
16:12 18:30 2h 18m, direct
17:12 19:30 2h 18m, direct

Eurostar trains from Paris to London

You can travel from Paris to London 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.

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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 Paris to London

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

Onboard services on Eurostar

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

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 Paris to London

The price of train tickets from Paris to London starts at $64.80 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 Paris to London 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 Paris

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

Paris has three major airports:

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport (CGD)
  • Orly Airport (ORY)
  • Beauvais Tille Airport (BVA)

All airports offer bus and taxi services, while only Charles de Gaulle and Orly have their own dedicated train stations (the nearest train station to Beauvais Tille is nearby in Beauvais).

Everything you need to know about Paris Gare du Nord and London St Pancras stations

How to get to Paris Gare du Nord station

Paris Gare du Nord station is conveniently located at the heart of the city and can be easily reached by several urban transport lines, including Paris metro, RER trains and local buses.

If you’re traveling by train, you can get to Paris Gare du Nord from France’s northern cities such as Lille and Calais and even neighboring countries like Belgium, Germany, and the UK.

Arriving at London St Pancras International station from Paris

Your Eurostar train from Paris to London will arrive right in the heart of London at the beautiful and historic London St Pancras International station.

Since all the passport checks are done before leaving France, you can step off the train and start exploring the city right away. From London St Pancras you can hop on the London Underground, take a bus or have a nice walk if you prefer discovering the city on foot.

From a wide range of shops and restaurants to London’s top museums and galleries, there are plenty of things to see and do nearby.

Using public transport in London

London Underground, commonly known as the Tube, is one of the quickest ways to travel around the city. Once you get off at London St Pancras International station, simply follow the signs to London Kings Cross Underground station, where you’ll be able to choose from 6 Tube lines – the Hammersmith & City (pink line), Circle (yellow line), Metropolitan (purple line), Northern (black line), Piccadilly (dark blue line) and Victoria (light blue) lines.

Tube services usually run from 05:00 am until midnight, with Night Tube services available on some lines on Friday and Saturday evenings.

London buses are one of the cheapest ways to travel around the city, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way. You can pay with an Oyster Card, Travelcard or a contactless payment card for Tube and bus journeys.

If you want to get a taxi, you can find a taxi rank on the forecourt of London St Pancras station.

Going through the Chunnel from Paris to London

Does the train from Paris to London go underwater?

Yes. Trains from Paris to London do go underwater. In fact, the Channel Tunnel (or “Chunnel” if you prefer its nickname) is just over 50 km in length and is the longest continuous underwater tunnel in the world. At a maximum speed of 160 km/h in the Chunnel, it takes a Eurostar train around 35 minutes to travel through this underwater tunnel between Paris and London.

How long is the Chunnel from Paris to London?

The Channel tunnel is 31.3 miles (50.56 km) in length, and it takes a Eurostar train approximately 35 minutes to travel its full length. In total, the fastest journey time from Paris Gare du Nord to London St Pancras is 2 hours and 29 minutes.

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail Pass

After visiting London, 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 Paris to London

Want to know more about your journey from Paris to London? 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 Paris to London take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and London is 2 hours and 38 minutes, with around 16 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 Paris and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to London is 2 hours and 18 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to London cost?

Train tickets from Paris to London can start from as little as $64.80 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 Paris to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to London without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Paris to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Paris to London leaves at 06:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to London leaves at 21:11. 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 Paris and London by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to London 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 London to Paris.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team blog

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. We also believe about taking those journeys and sharing our experiences with you, so you can sit back, relax and get the most out of your trip.

Reviewing Paris to London by train

I arrived at Paris Gare du Nord station one hour before my Eurostar’s departure, as check-in closes 30 minutes before the train leaves. The Eurostar terminal is located on the first floor and can be accessed via an escalator near platform 17. Around the station there are signs for “London check-in upstairs” so there was little chance of getting lost!

Eurostar check-in

There were three border control areas to go through, which took around 15 minutes - first I had to scan the bar code on my ticket (which I printed at home), then pass through a metal detector and finally go through passport control (if you’re an EU citizen ID cards are accepted if you don’t have a passport). Unfortunately, you can’t bring any animals on Eurostar trains.

The train itself

The Standard class seats are wide and comfortable, I was surprised by how much leg room I had. Every seat has a reclining table and a magazine holder – below the armrest there’s a power socket with UK and European pins. Every carriage has dedicated luggage space and overhead storage, with bathrooms in the middle of every other carriage – all with infant changing facilities. Coaches 6 and 13 (or 9 and 16 on some trains) are restaurant carriages where you can find the “Café Metropole” for sandwiches, snacks and beverages. The Café is quite expensive – 3 for an espresso, around 5.50 for a sandwich and a sandwich + soft drink + snack meal deal for 9.80 (November 2017 prices). Because of the train’s speed and numerous curves, I found it a bit challenging to walk up and down the train – it requires some balancing skills!

I’d suggest checking out the site onboard.eurostar.com – you can see a map of where you are, how fast you’re travelling, how long you have left and (a nice touch) what’s around you. For example, through this website, I discovered that the train passes through where the famous Battle of the Somme took place. This onboard website works even if the WiFi signal is weak.

At first sight, entering the Eurotunnel is like entering any other mountain tunnel, but you’ll soon notice a dip in temperature in the carriage. In its deepest part, the tunnel is 75 meters deep (the length of 107 baguettes in a line 🥖) and 50 km long! You won’t pass another train in the tunnel as there are actually two separate tunnels, one for each direction.

Arriving in London

On arrival at London St. Pancras, I was greeted with a final ID/security check before being able to go on my way. The station is well connected with the London Underground network, so I could easily get to any destination in the city if I wanted to!

About Federica

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

Traveling from Paris to London by train

I recently took the train from Paris to London with Eurostar, traveling in Standard Class. It took around 2 hours and 20 minutes to get from Paris Gare du Nord to London St Pancras International by train.

What I enjoyed about the journey

Once we set off from London, I was able to sit back and relax, thanks to the comfy seating available in Standard Class. Standard Class cars have pairs of seats, as well as some 2+2 arrangements with a table in the middle. I liked that there was a UK and EU power outlet underneath, so I could charge my devices during the journey. The train was also clean, which made for a pleasant train journey.

I was impressed with the train’s punctuality and the fast journey time – it took less than 2 and a half hours to travel from Paris to the heart of London. Traveling by train means you can travel from city center to city center, without worrying about airport transfers!

What I didn’t like about the journey 

Paris Gare du Nord's waiting area was bustling with activity. Due to ongoing construction work, the available space was quite limited, and it was evident that there wasn't enough room for everyone. Passengers bound for three different trains found themselves resorting to sitting on the floor, given the scarcity of seats. The customs procedure was a bit disorderly, primarily because there was no clear demarcation between the French and British customs areas.

Another thing I didn’t like about my trip was the lack of catering in Standard Class. It’s possible to walk through the train to the Eurostar Café (the onboard café-bar) where you can pay for drinks and snacks, but there’s no meal included with a Standard Class ticket. However, in Standard Premier and Business Premier you can have a meal and drinks served at your seat.

Overall, I enjoyed my train trip from Paris to London. The Eurostar train was on time and the journey was fast, so I was in the heart of the UK’s capital in under two and a half hours.

 

About Carlos

Carlos, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Paris and London. The review has been written by one of our travel writers, based on a survey including multiple-choice questions regarding pros and cons of the journey.

Taking the train from Paris to London

When I traveled from Paris Gare du Nord to London St Pancras International, I took a Eurostar train. I had a Standard Premier ticket. The journey took around 2 hours and 20 minutes.

What I enjoyed about the journey 

I was impressed by the very friendly, helpful staff both at the station and on board the train.

In addition, the amenities on the train were good – the seats were very comfortable, and there were UK and EU power outlets available at every seat.

I was also pleased with the food and drink options available on board. In Standard Premier, you can get a light meal served to your seat when traveling to/from London. This is included in the ticket price.

During the journey, I enjoyed watching the French countryside speed by as we left Paris and approached the Channel Tunnel. The journey was fast and we arrived in London around two and a half hours after leaving Paris – right on time!

One top tip for eager travelers: If you arrive early at the station, you won't have to stand in line and will pass very quickly through customs and security. This will leave you time to relax inside the terminal.

What I didn’t like about the journey

One thing I didn’t like about my trip was that there wasn’t any WiFi available on the train. Eurostar trains generally have free WiFi for all passengers, but this didn’t work on my trip.

That said, overall I really enjoyed the journey from Paris to London in Eurostar Standard Premier. The onboard experience was very good, from the helpful staff to the food, and the train was fast and on time.

 

About Marion

Marion, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Paris and London. The review has been written by one of our travel writers, based on a survey including multiple-choice questions regarding pros and cons of the journey.


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