Fastest journey2hr 17m
It is nowadays so easy to travel by train from Paris to London. Comfortable Eurostar trains leave Paris every day at least once each hour. The fastest Eurostar services take just 2 hrs 15 mins to reach London.
Eurostar launched its Paris to London service in 1994. More than two decades later, this rail route via the Channel Tunnel has taken the lion’s share of the market for travel between the two capitals.
Bookings for the Eurostar journey from Paris to London normally open 180 days in advance of travel. Book early for the cheapest fares. Tickets purchased less than one month prior to travel may be pricey, but even there you may still find a good deal if you are flexible as to travel date and opt for off-peak trains. This is a route where the price of a return ticket may be less than the price of two singles so, if you plan to travel from Paris to London and back again, it’s definitely worth booking both legs of your journey in a single transaction.
Paris to London
Eurostar trains from Paris to London depart from Paris Gare du Nord station. You need to check in for your train about 45 minutes prior to departure. There are light-touch security checks, including a scan of all baggage, at the Gare du Nord. The route north from Paris runs through Picardy towards Flanders and the Channel Tunnel. You’ll reach the tunnel portal about 80 minutes after leaving Paris.
Emerging from the Channel Tunnel in Kent, the train cruises through gentle downland, bridging the Medway and then diving under the Thames to reach St Pancras Station in London. On their way to London, some Eurostar trains from Paris stop at either Ashford International or Ebbsfleet International.
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