London to Paris to London by Train (with Kids)

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If you’re taking the train between London and Paris then you’re taking Eurostar. We did the return trip recently and loved it. The train departs from St Pancras station in London, goes through the Chunnel, and arrives at Gare du Nord station in Paris. The train trip from London to Paris takes 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Some tips for taking a Eurostar train:

  • Buy tickets early. There are a limited number of the cheapest seats and once they’re gone you have to buy the more expensive Premier and Business Premier tickets.
  • Bring food and snacks. Trains do have dinning cars but if you want specific food or treats be sure to grab them before boarding.
  • Don’t be late. Trains leave exactly on time so arrive at the station early. You’ll need to go through border patrol before getting on the train and this can take more than a few minutes if there’s a line.

Eurostar also does these routes:

  • London to Brussels
  • London to DisneyLand Paris
  • London to (Paris) to Avignon
  • London to the French Alps (Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne, or Bourg-St-Maurice)
  • There are also connecting trains to all over Europe (more info here on destinations)
Finding our way to the Eurostar terminal in London

The Eurostar terminal is located at St. Pancras station in London – follow the signs from the tube stop to get to the international trains

Pick up your tickets at the ticket kiosks

So easy a child can do it. If you booked in advance you grab your tickets from one of the many ticket kiosks at St Pancras station in London.

Print tickets

You enter your reservation code and then print the tickets. An attendant is there if you need help.

Eurostar ticket office in London

If you need further assistance or didn't buy your tickets in advance there is a fully staffed and very helpful ticket office.

Waiting room for Eurostar trains in London

After passing through border control you find your train on the departures sign and wait for the boarding announcement.

People boarding the train in London.

People boarding the train in London.

To the train.

On the train platform looking for our coach.

Sign to help find your coach.

The train coaches are marked on the platform and on the train itself.

Gare du Nord in Paris.

In Paris the drill is pretty much the same. Take the metro to the Gare du Nord subway stop and then read the signs to find the Eurostar departures.

Train departure board in Paris.

One important note: even though this board shows the departure for London you need to get to the Eurostar lounge to go through border patrol and board the train.

To the Euostar boarding area.

Which is up these stairs just a short distance from the general train area.

e-tickets and ticketing office for Eurostar Paris.

Where you'll find the e-ticketing kiosk and the main ticket office.

Border patrol for the U.K.

Then fill out some paperwork (which takes about 3 minutes per person), through border patrol (there can be a line), and onto your train back to London.

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3 Comments

  1. Great to have this journey from the point of view of a parent. It’s a wonder anyone flies this route :)

    I wrote a guide to all things Eurostar over on the Loco2 blog: http://loco2.com/blog/2012/11/london-paris-trains-eurostar-explained/

  2. Hi there,

    Thanks for the information. Can you please tell me how long border control is in Paris and London?

    We are taking a day trip from Paris to London return in October and I want to know how long we will be delayed getting through. We are from Australia. Will we need our passports?

    Many thanks!

    • Hi Tracey. It took us about 20 minutes to get through border control. Yes, you will need your passports. Good luck.

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