The Eurostar network has broadened its horizons. Thalys, the high-speed European rail network, has integrated with Eurostar. Tickets can now be booked under one single system with connections to Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, alongside the Eurostar to Paris from London. Cities like Liege, Cologne, Dortmund, and the enchanting Disneyland® Paris are now part of Eurostar’s destinations.Read on to discover more about how to buy cheap Eurostar train tickets, what service you can expect aboard the train, the newest Eurostar + Thalys destinations, the London to Paris train route, the Eurostar journey from London to Amsterdam and more.
Eurostar was first launched in 1994 and is the first and only high-speed train to travel from London to Paris, establishing an important connection between the UK and mainland Europe. After departing from King’s Cross St. Pancras in London, the Eurostar train passes through the Channel Tunnel (or the 'Chunnel' as it is known) and arrives at Paris Gare du Nord station in around 2 h 15 minutes. The service later expanded its high-speed connections to Lille, Brussels, and Amsterdam, as well seasonal routes to the south of France in summer and ski resorts in winter with Eurostar Sun and Eurostar Snow. Its high-speed network runs at speeds of 186 mph (300 km/h) and thanks to the new Eurostar and Thalys integration, its newest routes means it's now easier than ever to get high-speed trains across Europe.
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Omio is an official Eurostar partner, meaning you can buy tickets for any Eurostar train quickly and easily through our platform. With the Omio app, you can search in the language of your choice, no matter where you’re travelling in Europe. We’ll offer the latest deals for cheap Eurostar train tickets, provide up-to-date information on Eurostar schedules, offer easy booking and send live updates and notifications if there are any changes to your journey. If you need any help along the way, there’s a dedicated helpline to answer questions to make your journey enjoyable and hassle-free. Book Eurostar journeys on the go and get tickets sent to your phone. Passengers can also choose between a number of travel options using our ticket filters, which can be adjusted according to ticket price, departure times or the journey duration to ensure you find the best Eurostar ticket for your journey. Download the free Omio app today.
Wondering where the Eurostar train station is in Amsterdam? Or whether you can pick up a coffee before the Eurostar from London to Paris? We’ve pulled all the information you need about each station to kick start your journey with ease. If travelling internationally between the UK and Europe, remember to arrive at your station between 60 and 90 minutes before your train departs for passport and luggage control. For all other Eurostar journeys across Europe, it’s best to arrive around 20 minutes before your train departs.
Eurostar trains run to the port city of Marseille in the south of France. Credit: Shutterstock
Travel further across Europe with Eurostar! Whether you’re looking for a quick city break, a family trip to Disneyland Paris or simply a more sustainable way to travel to Europe, Eurostar’s expanded network opens up exciting opportunities to discover great cities in Europe.
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From London to Brussels
From London to Paris
From London to Paris
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Not sure where to begin your Eurostar adventure? Check out these popular Eurostar destinations for travel details and nearby attractions:
From the UK to Europe,there are three types of Eurostar tickets you can book, check below to find details and Eurostar baggage allowance for each type of ticket. Once you have found the fare that suits your needs you can book your journey using Omio's search.
When taking the Eurostar between France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, the ticket options are slightly different with different conditions applied to the journey and fare. There is still a three tiered service, read on to find out what’s on offer with the different ticket types that are available.
Comfort – the same as the Standard ticket, but with more comfortable seats!
Premium – full flexibility with your ticket, plus the maximum comfort!
When taking the Eurostar between France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, there are several discount cards, benefits and reduced fares that can be applied to your journey. Children below the age of 4 travel for free if not occupying their own seat. Wheelchair users and their companion will receive the Standard ticket with the full flexibility of a Premium fare. Seniors over 60 can enjoy fixed fares across all ticket types. There are also Group Saver fares and Family fares. Eurostar tickets usually go on sale between 138 and 190 days before departure and purchasing tickets as soon as possible is always best to get cheap Eurostar tickets. Booking to travel mid-week is usually the best time to find cheap Eurostar tickets. The morning and evening trains are more expensive, as are holiday evenings and Friday and Sunday afternoons. All discounts will be applied to your ticket at the check-out when buying tickets with Omio.
Travel by Eurostar to Amsterdam. Credit: Shutterstock
London to Paris are two titan cities, each containing its own unique blend of art, music, food, landmarks and culture. With the high-speed Eurostar trains between London and Paris getting you from city centre to city centre in just 2 hours 15 minutes, there’s no need to confine your weekends to just one city. Visit the Tower of London and have a spot of lunch along the Southbank on the River Thames, then hop on the train to Paris for some afternoon shopping and dinner near the Moulin Rouge.
Eurostar’s London to Amsterdam direct connection departs from St. Pancras International in London and arrives in Amsterdam Centraal in around four hours. As not all London to Amsterdam connections are direct, it’s possible you’ll have a stopover at Brussels-Midi/Zuid, which can add another hour to your journey. For eco-travellers looking to start explore Amsterdam and continue on the journey by train to Germany, the Eurostar to Amsterdam is a great way to travel while reducing your carbon-footprint. For some inspiration on things to do in Amsterdam on the Window Seat, Omio’s online travel magazine.
Eurostar is seriously committed to creating sustainable train travel. To this end, the company has its own 10-point "Tread Lightly" environmental and sustainability policy. Additionally, Eurostar works with ReforestAction, the Woodland Trust, and Trees For All, planting a tree for every train trip it makes with its Trees for Travel campaign. Over 20,000 trees were planted in 2020 alone. Salient points of the Tread Lightly plan are the elimination of fossil fuels by 2030, reducing plastic consumption by 50%, and switching to a fully electric train fleet. In the Netherlands Eurostar trains have been powered by 100% wind since 2017, and as of 2023 that figure is 40% in the UK. Another strategy is working with the Sustainable Restaurant Association to improve its sustainable food credentials.
"When I travel on the Eurostar, I always take a good read, my headphones for any digital entertainment (and to block out any chatty passengers), a bottle of water and a snack in a tote bag that I can tuck under the seat in front. By the time you’ve settled in, flicked through a magazine and munched on some crisps, you’ll be in France!"
"I must give a shout out to the wonderful staff, who remain unflustered despite the thousands of passengers they deal with every day. On my last trip, even though I’ve travelled via Eurostar plenty of times, this so-called ‘professional’ traveller managed to leave her backpack at security. I only noticed as I sat down in my seat, 10 minutes before departure… yet, the helpful platform guard stayed calm (much calmer than me) and got the bag sent up without a fuss. Another happy customer!"
Emma Sparks, Deputy Editor at lonelyplanet.com
At Omio we want to make travelling as fun and as stress-free as possible. That's why we teamed up with travel expert Emma Sparks to see what it's like to travel on the Eurostar. Click here if you would like to read more about her experience travelling by train from London to Paris.