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If you're looking for details on Eurostar check-in, you've come to the right place. From gate information to check-in times and procedures, find out all you need to know before you head to the station. Be in the know, on time and stay on track with Trainline.

How long is Eurostar check-in?

The check-in procedure for Eurostar train journeys takes roughly 20 minutes from start to finish, so it's recommended that you arrive at least 45 minutes before your Eurostar train leaves.

The Eurostar check-in process is the same at each Eurostar station across Europe so regular passengers will enjoy a similarly smooth onboarding routine no matter where they travel from.

Travelling on the Eurostar is easy, and that applies to their check-in system too.

How does Eurostar check-in work?

Once you've scanned your ticket at the gates, you'll join the baggage check, identical to what you have at an airport. After that, you'll enter a line for passport inspections.

For EU passengers, there are also electronic gates which you can use if you have an e-passport. We recommend using these as it speeds up the check-in process.

Depending on the train's departure time, check-in can take as little as 15 minutes or up to 30 minutes at peak times. Eurostar Business Premier (First Class) passengers can check-in as late as 10 minutes before departure. For Eurostar Standard and Eurostar Standard Premier customers, check-in must be started at least 30 minutes before departure. On weekends and bank holidays, the check-in window extends to 45 minutes.

If you're travelling on the Eurostar ski train in the winter months, it’s advised to arrive well in advance (at least an hour) especially if you’re bringing your own skiing equipment.

Where are the Eurostar check-in gates?

The Eurostar check-in gates in each station are clearly signposted, and very visible from the main concourse of the station. At London St Pancras International, the Eurostar check-in gates can be found in the middle of the station, on the main concourse. It’s clearly signposted and there are many help desks to help you in case you are lost.

At Paris Gare du Nord, the Eurostar check-in gates can be found on the second floor of the station, which is easily reached from the front of the station. At Marne-la-Vallée—Chessy, the Eurostar station for Disneyland Paris, there is no passport control, you will, however, be required to go through passport control once you arrive back in the UK.

Eurostar check-in at Brussels-Midi station is very easy to find and is located next to platform 5 on the very wide and easy to use platform concourse. You are required to check-in here for both services leaving Brussels, and if you are connecting from Amsterdam Central, as there's currently no direct Eurostar service from the Dutch capital to London.

Eurostar check-in FAQs

There is no maximum weight for baggage on Eurostar trains. There is, however, a limit to two pieces of large luggage (no bigger than 85cm) and one piece of hand luggage. All your bags should be clearly labelled with your name and address on them and official Eurostar labels are available to pick up at the Eurostar information desks.

Yes, and unlike air travel, there’s no limit on how much you can take on the train.

Great question! For groups of 10 or more people, it’s advised that you arrive at least an hour before your train’s departure. This rule applies to all seating classes.

Check-in for Eurostar journeys opens an hour and 15 minutes before departure. We recommend that you arrive at least 40 minutes prior to your train leaving so you can have a stress-free check-in.

Some tickets, valid on the Eurostar but issued by partner carriers, often don’t have a barcode attached. Not to worry, all you need to do is head to the information desk where a member of the Eurostar team will check you in manually. The same applies if you don’t have a pre-selected seat or carriage number.

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