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Travelling direct from London to Paris with Eurostar

Planning your next trip and looking to travel from London to Paris by train? You've come to the right place!

The Eurostar is the fastest, most direct way to travel from the UK to France. It takes as little as 2 hours and 22 minutes to travel the 212 miles (342 km) from London to Paris on the fastest services. The train takes you from one city centre to another, and unlike air travel, there’s no delay waiting for baggage or airport transfers.

After checking in, step onto a modern e300 or e320 Eurostar train at London St Pancras station and you'll enjoy comfortable seating, free WiFi, a café-bar area and power sockets as standard. Upgrade to Standard Premier or Business Premier for extra perks like complimentary food and drinks.

Once you arrive at Paris Gare du Nord station, you’ll find Metro and RER trains nearby to start exploring the city straight away.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from London to Paris with us today or keep reading for our train timetable and an expert review of what you can expect on the train journey from England to France.

London to Paris by train

It takes an average of 2h 26m to travel from London to Paris by train, over a distance of around 212 miles (342 km). There are normally 16 trains per day travelling from London to Paris and tickets for this journey start from €38.50 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 2h 16m


212 miles (342 km)


16 trains per day


Direct trains available


From €38.50

Train and bus operators

Union Ivkoni (Bus), BlaBlaCar Bus, Traveleuro, Eurostar, Flixbus

London to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Paris for Tuesday 4th April 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:31 11:47 2h 16m, direct
10:26 12:50 2h 24m, direct
10:34 13:41 3h 7m, 1 change
11:04 14:44 3h 40m, 1 change
12:31 14:47 2h 16m, direct
13:31 15:47 2h 16m, direct
14:31 16:47 2h 16m, direct
15:31 17:50 2h 19m, direct
16:31 18:47 2h 16m, direct
17:31 19:47 2h 16m, 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 luggage, 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).

Eurostar classes from London to Paris

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

Cheap train tickets from London to Paris

The price of train tickets from London to Paris starts at €38.50 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.

Eurostar luggage allowance

Learn more about Eurostar’s luggage allowance, including the number of bags you can take onboard the different classes.

On Eurostar there’s no weight limit for your luggage, but you should be able to carry and lift your bags safely. Each bag can be up to 85cm long and should be clearly labelled.

There's no restriction on liquids so you can take your favourite toiletries. However, there are some restrictions on alcohol.

Typically, alcohol consumption on board is limited to 4 bottles/cans of beer or 1 bottle of wine per person; no large bottles of spirits are allowed. Eurostar are happy for customers to bring unopened bottles of alcohol to take on to their destination. Any passengers with large quantities of alcohol will need to contact a courier service.

Standard/Standard Premier

  • 2 pieces of luggage up to 85cm long for rucksacks, suitcases, golf clubs or ski equipment
  • 1 hand luggage, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase

Business Premier

  • 3 pieces of luggage up to 85cm long for rucksacks, suitcases, golf clubs or ski equipment
  • 1 hand luggage, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase

Children (for all classes)

  • 1 piece of luggage up to 85cm long
  • 1 hand luggage, e.g. backpack or laptop bag

Sports equipment

Travelling with your bike on Eurostar

Unfortunately, Eurostar are currently not running their bike service. If you’d like to take a fully assembled or boxed bike on your trip, you’ll need to book a courier service.

You can still bring a folding bike or children's bike on board provided it's no longer than 85cm and is carried in a protective bag which covers the whole bike. This is to protect your bike, other people, and their luggage both at the station, on board and when going through security.

Finally, you won’t be able to travel on Eurostar with an e-scooter or hoverboard.

Food on board

Food in Standard Class

If you’re travelling in Standard Class, head to Eurostar’s onboard bar buffet Café Métropole. You can choose from a wide range of snacks, light bites, and sweet treats, as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks. Child-friendly options are also available. You’ll find Café Métropole near the middle of your train and they accept both cash and cards.

Food in Standard Premier

If you’re travelling in Standard Premier, you’ll be served a light meal and drinks to your seat.

For breakfast, you'll get to enjoy a pastry, yoghurt, and juice, with a cup of tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner, you'll get to choose from two light dishes and a dessert, with a soft drink, wine or beer, plus tea or coffee.

Standard Premier meal timetable

 Departures from London St PancrasDepartures from Paris and Brussels
BreakfastBefore 09:59Before 10:29
Rest of the dayAfter 10:00After 10:30

Food in Business Premier

Eurostar’s Business Premier menus are designed with Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc, who brings over 30 years of experience to the table. Each meal is made up of gourmet dishes crafted for the time of day.

You’ll also benefit from a continuous supply of drinks throughout your journey, ranging from tea, coffee and soft drinks to beer and champagne.

Business Premier meal timetable

 Departures from London St PancrasDepartures from Paris and Brussels
BreakfastBefore 09:59Before 09:59
Brunch-10:00 - 10:29
Lunch10:00 - 16:59

10:30 - 17:25

DinnerAfter 17:00After 17:30

Travelling with your family

Guide and assistance dogs

Booking your journey

Guide and assistance dogs can travel on Eurostar only if they’re with their owners (subject to approval). You’ll need to book their ticket at least 48 hours before you travel. Please call the Eurostar team on +44(0) 3432 186 186 and select English or French, followed by option 4.

If your dog has been trained by an accredited association, you’ll be asked for the name of their member organisation and the accredited association. After a quick check, Eurostar will be able to confirm your booking. Member organisations include Assistant Dogs UK, Assistance Dogs International and International Guide Dog Federation.

If your dog isn’t trained by an accredited association, you’ll need to complete an application form and provide relevant details before Eurostar can confirm your booking. You’ll need to complete the form and send it to their Special Assistance team at least 48 hours before your trip.

Travel documents

When travelling to Paris, you’ll need to bring your passport and Eurostar ticket. Your dog will need to have a microchip, as well as their own Eurostar ticket, a valid rabies vaccination and an animal health certificate unless you have a pet passport issued in a European country or Northern Ireland.

You’ll also need to bring proof that they’ve been accepted for travel with Eurostar (validated documentation, a copy of your confirmation email or your case reference number).

Please make sure your dog has the correct documents and vaccinations well in advance. Otherwise, they may be placed in quarantine for up to four months. We recommend you also check the rules of the country you’re travelling to for any additional restrictions or requirements before you travel.

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

How to get to London St Pancras International

London St. Pancras International station is conveniently located in central London in the King’s Cross area and can be easily reached by National Rail, London Underground, bus services and car.

King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station is served by 6 Tube lines, including the Hammersmith & City, Circle, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

If you’re travelling by train, you can get to London St Pancras from Euston, Victoria, and Paddington stations in around half an hour.

If you’re driving to St Pancras International, you’ll find a Click and Park car park at the station – it has 315 spaces and is always open, with staff on hand 24/7. If you’re cycling to the station, there are plenty of cycle spaces where you can store your bike too.

Arriving at Paris Gare du Nord station from London

Your Eurostar train from London to Paris 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 straightaway.

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 the Canal St Martin to the hip new foodie hangouts across the 10th arrondissement, this is an area packed with Parisian flavour 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 Tplus ticket – it allows connections between 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 metro, RER, bus, and tramway services, provided they sit on your lap and don’t occupy a seat. Children under 10 get 50% off the ticket price.

Taking a taxi in Paris

If you want to get a taxi, you can find a taxi rank 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.

Going through the Channel Tunnel

Does the train from London to Paris go underwater?

Yes. Trains from London to Paris do go underwater. In fact, the Channel Tunnel (or “Chunnel” if you prefer its nickname) is just over 31 miles (50 km) in length and is the longest continuous underwater tunnel in the world. At a maximum speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) 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?

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 London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord is 2 hours and 29 minutes.

Journey details

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 26 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 London and Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Paris is 2 hours and 16 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Paris cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Paris can start from as little as €38.50 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

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 14 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. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from London to Paris.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team blog

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Reviewing London to Paris by train

Review by Federica Sciori

I arrived at London St. Pancras station 45 minutes before my Eurostar train was due to departure, as check-in closes 30 minutes before. The Eurostar terminal is located about a five-minute walk from King’s Cross - St. Pancras tube station and is easy to find as it’s in the centre of the station and well signposted.

Eurostar check-in

There are three border controls to go through at the Eurostar check-in 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). Note that there are two different document check areas – ID cards on the left and passports on the right. Before leaving home, I checked online if I could bring liquids with me through security but couldn’t find an answer. So, I decided to roll the dice and bought a 1L OJ from the Marks & Spencer next to departures – I can now confirm that you can bring liquids with you. I also discovered that you can bring a maximum of two pieces of large luggage (max dimensions 85 cm x 85 cm) and there are no weight limitations. Unfortunately, you can’t bring any type of animal on Eurostar trains.

Once you’re through security, you’ll find yourself in a wide hall with airport-style seats, three bars, a WHSmith and free toilets. Just like at an airport, there’s a sort of boarding gate that opens about 20 minutes before departure. When the gate is open, intercom will announce the departure platform in English and French (usually platform 9 or 10) and you’ll need to take the escalators to go upstairs. All the seats on Eurostar trains are assigned so you’ll have to find your carriage before boarding. There are up to 22 coaches on a Eurostar train, so it can be quite a walk to reach your carriage.

The train itself

In Standard class the seats are wide and comfortable, I was surprised by how much leg room I had. Every seat has a reclining table and magazine holder – between the seats, there’s a power socket with the 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 – 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 (more on this later).

At first sight, entering the Eurotunnel is like entering any other mountain tunnel but you’ll soon notice a drop 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 Paris

The Eurostar trains always arrive at the Paris North station (Paris Gare du Nord), located in the north-east part of the city near Montmartre and the Louvre. It’s the busiest railway station in Europe with 214 million passengers a year! When you arrive in Paris you don’t need to show your travel documents again as a check by the French police already took place in London. The station is served by several tube lines and it’s easy to reach all of Paris’ major attractions from here. If you need to take another train to other destinations in France or towards Italy and Switzerland, you’ll have to transfer to another station. Thello trains to Milan and Venice depart from Gare de Lyon, in the south-east of the city – hop on tube line D in the direction of Melun or Melesherbes and you’ll be there in around 30 minutes. If you need to take the tube, you can buy the tickets onboard the Eurostar at the Café Metropole. Remember that, before boarding on a French train, you need to validate your ticket at one of the yellow machines located on the platforms. If you’re at risk of losing a connection train because your Eurostar train was delayed, remember to have your ticket stamped by one of the Eurostar controllers – you can then jump on the next available train to your desired destination without the need to change your original ticket.

Accommodation in Paris

About Federica

Federica is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.

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The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for London to Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 04/04/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 11/08/2022 for travel on 11/08/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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