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Travelling from London to Padua by train
Fast trains from London to Padua take around 13 hours and 12 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 1,113 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Padua.
Are there direct trains from London to Padua?
Journeys between London and Padua usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 18 departures on the route from London to Padua every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 19 departures.
How long is the train journey from London to Padua?
The London to Padua train travel time is normally about 13 hours and 12 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
What are the London to Padua train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Padua is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 20:01. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 20:31.
When to book London to Padua train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Padua by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Padua?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Padua, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Eurocity (EC)
- Frecciarossa 1000
- IC Notte
- Intercity-Express (ICE)
- Regionale Veloce
- SFM 2
- Train Express Regional
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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It is easy to travel by train from London to Padua. The journey starts with an afternoon trip on Eurostar from London to Paris. If you want to spend some time in Paris prior to joining the overnight train to Italy, you can book a morning or midday departure with Eurostar.
You continue from Paris to Padua on an overnight train run by Thello and arrive just after nine in the morning.
If you prefer to travel from Paris to Padua by day, there is a feasible option from London on weekdays, but it does make for a very long day. Take the first Eurostar service in the morning to Paris, then a TGV from Paris to Turin, changing there onto a connecting Frecciabianca service to Padua. The entire journey from London to Padua by this daytime route takes between 14 and 15 hours.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris Lyon to Padua (night train)
The Thello overnight train from Paris to Padua departs from the Gare de Lyon. In the early hours, the train runs along the shore of Lake Geneva with – on a clear night – lovely views of the Alps. There is a beautiful moment in the morning when the train skirts the edge of Lake Maggiore.
There is just one scheduled stop in France (at Dijon) to pick up passengers, and no station stops on the overnight run across Switzerland. In the morning the train stops at Milan and then three other stations in Italy before reaching Padua.