Top Eurostar Destinations from London

Top Cities and a Suggested Itinerary for Northern Europe

Eurostar is the high-speed rail link connecting London to Paris, Brussels and beyond. The convenient city center train stations mean that travel time is far shorter than by plane, when you consider check-in times, getting your luggage and transferring from the airports). In fact, Eurostar carries more passengers than all of the airlines combined on both routes out of London.

Why Take the Eurostar?

London is usually the shortest path from the US to a major airport in Europe, and often the most inexpensive choice for non-stop flights. It's a natural start your vacation in London, and when you're through visiting, Eurostar is right there at St Pancras station - and Paris just over two hours away. If you only have a short time to see Europe and want to see some of Europe's Best Cities, Eurostar is a fast, convenient way to tour London, Paris, and cities in bordering countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.

The fastest London to Paris trains take just over two hours, while the London to Brussels journey is exactly two hours long. Other travel times are listed with the relevant city, below.

And if you're tempted by Premium First Class, you'll also get fast-lane check-in, four-course lunch or dinner service with wine and a free taxi service from your arrival point to any city destination

Suggested Itinerary

Starts in London (for as many days as you can afford), for either Lille (one day) or Paris (again, as long as you can afford) on the Eurostar. Alternatively, miss both out and head straight to Brussels (two days). From there a loop takes you to Amsterdam (three days) through Antwerp (one day), then on to Cologne (one day). From Cologne, you can return to Brussels or Lille in anticipation of the return trip on the Eurostar.

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Paris, France

Eiffel Tower in Paris on a day trip from London
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The classic Eurostar route. It takes just over two hours to get between two of Europe's greatest cities, meaning it's possible to visit​ ​Paris as a Day Trip from London!

Where to Next?

Address
Paris, France

There are high-speed trains from Paris all over Europe. Maybe you feel like heading south to Barcelona.

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Brussels (and the rest of Belgium)

Beer festival in Brussels, Belgium
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On the London to Brussels route, your Eurostar ticket is good for continuing on to any station in Belgium. Thus, if you didn't want to see Brussels, you could go on to GhentBruggeDamme, or anywhere else in Belgium that captures your fancy, without paying extra. 

Where to Next?

Address
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is in the heart of Europe, with high-speed trains to Paris and to Amsterdam.

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Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort near Paris
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Europe's only Disneyland theme park is close to Paris.

Where to Next?

Address
Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray, France
Phone
+33 825 30 05 00

Most visitors to Disneyland head to Paris ​afterward. There are also direct trains to Brussels.

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Lille

Lille in northern France
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 The first stop on the French side of the tunnel Lille close to the Belgian border, Lille is close to some historic World War I battlefields.

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Where to Next?​

Address
Lille, France

Belgium is the obvious next stop.

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Lyon

Lyon Cathedral
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The capital of the Rhone region and good for access to the Beaujolais Vineyards. Lyon is said to have the most restaurants per capita in France.

Journey time is four-and-three-quarter hours from London.

Where to Next?

Address
Lyon, France

To the Cote d'Azur or into Spain.

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Avignon

Palais Des Papes in Avignon
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Address
Avignon, France

Avignon is a walled city in southern France's Provence region. Avignon is also considered the capital of the famous Cote du Rhone wine region. Avignon is reached easily by fast TGV train from Paris.

The main attractions in Avignon are the 14th century Palace of the Popes and the 12th century Avignon Bridge​ called the Saint-Benezet bridge after the young shepherd who heard divine voices instructing him to construct it. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites.

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Amsterdam

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Address
Amsterdam, Netherlands

You have to change in Brussels, but the train to Amsterdam is still faster than flying when you take into account check-in times and airport transfers.

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Marseilles

View of Marseille
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Address
Marseille, France

A direct train from London to the south coast of France? Incroyable!

 Journey time is six-and-a-half hours, with departures once per day.

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