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.
It takes an average of 2h 17m 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 €58 when you book in advance.
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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 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 Standard Class offers you great value tickets with no hidden extra costs. From free WiFi and comfy seats to a wide range of snacks and drinks available on board, there are lots of reasons to travel in Standard Class.
In addition to all the amenities you’ll find in Standard Class, Eurostar Standard Premier also offers a complimentary meal, which is served right at your seat.
Fancy travelling in style? Business Premier is the travel class for you – it gives you the freedom to travel according to your schedule, to speed through Fast Track ticket gates and to relax in Eurostar’s exclusive Business Premier Lounges.
Although there’s no weight limit for your luggage on Eurostar trains, 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 either. However, there are some restrictions on alcohol: 4 bottles/cans of beer are allowed per person; no large bottles of spirits are allowed. If you’re travelling with large quantities of alcohol, you’ll need to contact a courier service.
Eurostar do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, they do have free WiFi - simply go to your WiFi settings and choose EurostarTrainsWiFi. A form will pop up - just fill it in and click 'Connect' to get online.
Unfortunately, at the moment Eurostar is not able to transport your fully assembled bike. You can still bring a folding 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 baggage 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.
Guide and assistance dogs can travel on Eurostar only if they’re with their owners. You’ll need to book their ticket at least 48 hours in advance via Eurostar's contact form. When travelling with your guide dog, you’ll need to bring:
We recommend that you arrive at the station at least 75 minutes 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.§
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The average journey time by train between London and Paris is 2 hours and 17 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Paris is 2 hours and 16 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Paris can start from as little as €58 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.
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.
The first train from London to Paris leaves at 06:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from London to Paris cover a distance of around 212 miles (342 km) during the journey.
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.
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 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 (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
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.