Eurostar is a quick and easy way to travel between the UK and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. The London terminal is at St. Pancras International, next to King's Cross train station. The high-speed trains are extremely comfortable and well-used by business and leisure travelers. Check-in is much faster than at airports and, of course, you don't have to travel in from the outskirts of a city as the train stations are in the center.
The Eurostar train goes to over 100 places across Europe and takes two hours 15 minutes to Paris and 1 hour 51 minutes to Brussels. Popular destinations are:
Have a look at the Eurostar Interactive route map for all the destinations and connections.
Where to buy ticketsYou can book online for Eurostar train tickets, as well as hotels and car hire.
There are also good deal to be found on Rail Europe (Buy Direct).
Traveling with two large pieces of luggage and one piece of hand luggage is very easy. You simply take the bags to the train yourself (trolleys are available). If you have more luggage, just ask for assistance. There isn't a separate baggage check-in desk.
When To Check In
For most destinations, you are advised to check-in at least 30 minutes before your departure time. For ski resorts they advise checking-in an hour before departure. Check-in time can be confirmed when buying your ticket.
High Speed I
High Speed I (HS1) is the UK's first high speed domestic train service which has dramatically reduced journey times from Kent to London St. Pancras International (via Stratford International).
Travelling at up to 140mph, the journey time from Ashford International to London is now 37 minutes. And Ebbsfleet International to London takes 17 minutes.