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International Trains in Europe inc Eurostar

Eurostar Train Depatures from Paris

A guide for Eurostar departures from Paris including tickets, trains, departure times and using Gare Du Nord

TRAINS

Eurostar trains have three classes of accommodation

  • Standard - which is the equivalent of 2nd class on other trains; seating plan in Standard class
  • Standard Premier - which is the equivalent of 1st class on other trains; Seating plan in Standard Premier class; a light meal is served to standard premier ticket holders at their seats.
  • Business Premier - seats are as standard Premier, but Business Premier ticket holders have dedicated coaches that have free Wi-Fi: A full meal is served to business premier ticket holders at their seats; Business Premier ticket holders also have exclusive access to the lounge at Gare du Nord

Unlike any other train in Europe passengers have to check-in for Eurostar trains (and pass through passport control). Standard and Standard Premier ticket holders must pass through the check in desk at the entrance to the departure lounge a minimum of 30 minutes before the departure of the train.
Business Premier ticket holders can pass through an automated check-in facility up to 10mins prior to the departure of the train.

TICKETS

You can book Eurostar tickets online here

Notes For Eurostar Tickets

Eurostar tickets are placed on sale FOUR MONTHS ahead of the travel date.
A range of tickets is made available for each train with cheapest tickets inevitably selling first, so to obtain the cheapest possible fares book in as far advance of your travel date as possible
All tickets are train specific and seats are assigned at the time of booking.
'Standard' and 'Standard Premier' Tickets are either non-flexible or semi- flexible.
Non-flexible tickets: Cannot be refunded or exchanged in any circumstances, which in practice means that if you miss the train or have to change your travel plans you will them have to buy another ticket(s)(which is likely to only be available at a much higher rate than you previously paid)
Semi-Flexible tickets: can be exchanged and refunded, but with conditions
Exchanges; Available BOTH before and up to two months after departure by paying a difference in price with the next available fare in the same class AND a fixed fee of £22 per ticket.
Refunds; Available BOTH before and up to two months after departure subject to a £22 (or €33) fixed penalty fee
Fully-flexible tickets: Business Premier tickets are the only fully flexible tickets and they can be exchanged or refunded without incurring additional charges

Children aged 4-11 tickets can only be purchased when also booking Adult/Senior tickets
Infants aged 3 and under can travel for free if they do not occupy a seat, if you want to place your infant in its own seat you must purchase a child ticket.

CHEAPEST TICKET PRICES - from Paris to London

STANDARD ADULT (AGED 26-59) prices for non-flexible tickets:

  • Cheapest possible single ticket = £39
  • Next best price single ticket = £56
  • Cheapest possible return ticket = £69 (look for tickets for each journey priced at £34.50
  • Next best price return ticket = £99 (look for tickets for each journey priced at £49.50)

STANDARD YOUTH (AGED 12-25) and SENIOR (AGED 60+)prices for non-flexible tickets:

  • Cheapest possible single ticket = £38
  • Next best price single ticket = £56
  • Cheapest possible return ticket = £66(look for tickets for each journey priced at £33
  • Next best price return ticket = £99 (look for tickets for each journey priced at £49.50)

STANDARD PREMIER prices for non-flexible tickets:

  • Cheapest possible single ticket = £107
  • Cheapest possible return ticket = £189(look for tickets for each journey priced at £94.50)

BUSINESS PREMIER prices for

  • Single ticket = £260
  • Return ticket = £450

Notes for cheapest tickets

Book tickets here

DEPARTURE TIMES

Click here for Eurostar departure details from Paris to London (St Pancras International); Ashford (International) and Ebbsfleet (International)

USING PARIS (GARE DU NORD)

Click here for a Paris Metro guide on this great site parisbytrain.com which has more detail for train travel in the Paris area than the summaries that therebyrain.com has provided below.

Metro and RER connections
RER Lines B and D (and subway link from Magenta station on RER Line E)
Metro lines 4 and 5

Navigating Gare Du Nord

Gare DU Nord is amongst the largest stations in Europe so allow time for making connections here. The Eurostar departure are is to the far left of the station concourse as you look towards the trains

An excellent guide to navigating the Gare Du Nord is available here

The Eurostar departure area is on an upper level to the trains. As soon as you leave the escalator up from the main concourse at the station you reach the check-in area.

How to access Gare Du Nord from other stations in Paris

  • from Austerlitz – Metro Line 5 (direction Bobigny) - minimum recommended transfer time = 50 mins
  • from Bercy - A 5-10 min walk from SNCF station to the Metro station, which is on line 14. Take the Metro one stop to Gare De Lyon and transfer there to RER Line D - minimum recommended transfer time = 1hr 15 mins
  • from Gare De L’Est – It is one stop from Gare De L’est on Metro line 4, but it is generally simpler to transfer between the stations on foot as the walking time is around 10 minutes. Directions are available here Passengers with luggage should note that a flight of steps have to be walked up on leaving Gare De L’Est. minimum recommended transfer time = 30 mins
  • from Gare De Lyon – RER Line D direct trains; minimum recommended transfer time = 50 mins
  • from Montparnasse – Metro Line 4 (direction Porte de Clingancourt); minimum recommended transfer time = 1hr
  • from St Lazare – take RER Line E to Magenta station and then walk through the passage way to Gare Du Nord; minimum recommended transfer time = 50 mins

Making Cross -City Connections

  • The recommended minimum transfer times suggested are from the time a connecting train arrives at another main line terminal in Paris.
  • Allow AN ADDITIONAL 30 MINS to check-in for the Eurostar train from the arrival of your connecting train
  • Eurostar state a 30 min check-in time for their departures from Gare Du Nord because queues can build up in the check-in area. Ticket holders ('business premier' excepted') will have to purchase new tickets if they are still in the check-in queue when the train departs.
  • Travellers who regularly connect between trains across Paris may consider these suggested transfer times to be generous, with good connections it is possible be at Gare Du Nord within 30mins of arrival at Gare De Lyon.
  • Therebytrain.com has recommended these transfer times for travellers who are not familiar with the layout of these large stations, and they also allow for some margin of delay on Paris public transport.
  • If you hold a non-flexible ticket plan your transfer across Paris to Gare Du Nord with caution, allow time for your connecting train to be late on arrival into Paris, you won't regret kicking your heels at Gare Du Nord if you have been spared the expense of purchasing a new ticket(s) because you have missed your connection.
  • If you arrive at Gare Du Nord in time to check-in for a Eurostar prior to that which you hold a ticket for, you can enquire at the ticket desk whether you can transfer your ticket to the earlier departure.
  • If you have time to kill at Gare Du Nord don't immediately head for check-in, shopping and refreshment facilities are more limited in the Eurostar departure area, in comparison to the main concourse at the station, but don't forget to allow time to check-in.