Description:Eurostar is a train service that connects London (Waterloo station) with Paris (Gare du Nord), Lille and Brussels ... more
Eurostar ... (Brussel Zuid station). Trains cross the English Channel via the Channel Tunnel, or "Chunnel". In Southern England, a new railway line has been built to the same high-speed LGV standards used in France. The two-phase Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project has been partially in operation since 2003, reducing times to and from London Waterloo. Eurostar have announced that upon completion of the CTRL into London St. Pancras, the finished railway will be branded as High Speed 1 to the public from 2007-11-14 onwards. From 2003, the journey time from London to Paris has been 2 hours 35 minutes with London to Brussels slightly faster at 2 hours 20 minutes. In November 2007, times from London to the Channel Tunnel will be cut by 20 minutes, when the construction of the full CTRL is complete. CTRL Section 2 (CTRL2) will bring the British portion of the route up to the same standards as the French and Belgian LGV high-speed sections, allowing 300km/h running. Works about to finish near Brussels Zuid will additionally provide a 4 minute improvement for all Brussels-bound services. Completion of the dedicated rail link on the British side will allow a significant potential increase in the number of Eurostar trains serving London. Grade separation of the CTRL from UK domestic railway services through Kent, means that timetabling for Eurostar train paths will be unaffected by peak hour restrictions. After CTRL2 is completed, up to eight trains per hour in each direction will be able to travel from London to the continent, moving the bottleneck in capacity to the Channel Tunnel itself.
Newest Review: ... heading off. No checks or admin to go through. Overall I will have no hesitation whatsoever in travelling with Eurostar if I am going back to Paris, rather than booking a flight. Door-to-door (bearing in mind we had to travel 1.5 hours to get to London) I believe that it still worked out quicker than flying. Obviously if you live closer to London then it would beat it time-wise hands down. ... more
Customer Eurostar Reviews (61)
by - written on 06/05/13 (Very useful, 97 readings)
Booking We needed to get to Paris for my partner to run the Paris Half Marathon so we looked at various options, with cost being the main criteria. I had seen Eurostar's £69 offer advertised but expected, like airlines, that going to try and find them would be either a challenge, or impossible. I was wrong, there were numerous £69 returns available on our dates (going Friday, coming back Monday) which were almost 3 months ahead. The cheaper ones were early or late times, but this suited us, wanting to get there as early as possible and make the most of the fourth day too. Consequently, this worked out significantly cheaper, and a better choice of times than ... Read the complete review
by - written on 06/11/12 (Very useful, 282 readings)
I recently booked a trip by Eurostar from London to Brussels, as I was looking for a fast but reasonably priced option. Flying was out of the question as getting to the airport just added up travel time and travel costs. EUROSTAR.COM WEBSITE I booked through Eurostar.com website, which was fairly easy. Often they do special £69 return fares but these sell out very fast, and as such I was unable to book one (2 months in advance). I browsed a lot of different dates and fares, and found that to travel mid afternoon cost a lot more, but morning and early afternoon trains were cheaper. I opted for an early afternoon train for my outward ... Read the complete review
by Alain James - written on 11/08/12
I had naively thought that the Eurostar would be a dream. France and England getting together to build a super train. I rode 2nd class from Paris to England and back. The air conditioning was minimal in most of the cars. The air quality was passable but really unpleasant. In the bathrooms, they were out of soap and more often than not the thing that blows hot air on your hands to dry them was broken. You had to use toilet paper or dry your hands on your clothes. If you attempt to sleep, you will be disappointed. You will be continuously awakened by announcements over the loudspeakers telling you of the latest things ... Read the complete review
by Hintzy - written on 07/01/11
If you plan on getting the flu this winter I strongly suggest you buy one of their cheap return ticket (£300+) otherwise you'll lose it. They rather have you contaminate other travellers than being flexible...
by - written on 12/09/10 (Very useful, 703 readings)
Being interested in visiting both Brussels and Paris, a journey on Eurostar seemed to be a probability, especially as I have always enjoyed travelling by train. As I live on the south coast, the prospect of getting to St Pancras station was less attractive than the original departure point at Waterloo. That wasn't enough to stop me going, of course. In the end I travelled to London by coach, arriving at Victoria, so a journey on the underground was inevitable. The trip to Brussels was planned for a weekend early in January 2010, as a generous combined Christmas and birthday present from one of my sons. He had made a visit there by Eurostar about eighteen ... Read the complete review