Want to find out more about taking the train from Paris to London? Look no further.
The average train time from Paris to London is 3 hours and 15 minutes, although it takes just 2 hours and 17 minutes on the fastest direct high-speed Eurostar services. There are around 8 trains per day running the 212 miles (342 km) from Paris to London at the moment.
Taking the Eurostar from the centre of Paris to the centre of London is certainly much quicker and better for the environment than flying. What’s more, you’ll get to enjoy plenty of amenities on board, including free WiFi, comfortable seating and power sockets at every seat as you zip under the Channel Tunnel.
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 this underwater stretch between Paris and London.
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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).
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.§
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Paris and London is 2 hours and 54 minutes, with around 12 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 Paris to London is 2 hours and 17 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Paris to London 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to London without having to change trains. There are 9 direct trains from Paris to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to London leaves at 06:13. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to London leaves at 21:13. 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 Paris to London cover a distance of around 212 miles (342 km) during the journey.
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!
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!
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.