How to Travel from Paris to London
Updated: Feb 16
Wondering how to travel from Paris to London by train? There’s no need to schlep out to the airport in either city, as the train stations are centrally located. The Eurostar departs Paris from convenient Gare du Nord station.
By contrast, Charles de Gaulle Airport is about 25 kilometers north of Paris (around a 35-minute train ride away). Eurostar trains arrive into the heart of London at St Pancras International station in King’s Cross. Taking the train means you avoid longer London airport transfers from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or Luton. You will save time, money and stress both ends, with much shorter check-in requirements. Tips: Visit Eurostar website to find out the available schedule before travel.
Eurostar is the fastest way to travel from Paris to London, with the journey taking around two hours and 15 minutes. There are three ticket classes, with different check-in times and perks. With Standard and Standard Premier tickets, ticket gates and checks close 30 minutes before departure. You should get to the station 45 to 60 minutes before departure, though, to clear customs and security and beat any queues. At bank holidays or weekends, check-in is a minimum 45 minutes before departure. For top-tier Business Premier ticket gates close 10 minutes before departure, with an exclusive lounge.
Remember, you will need your passport as you’re traveling between two countries. You’ll pass through airport-style passport checks and security at the Eurostar station, where staff will scan your bags. Another plus is you’re allowed liquids, and can carry one bottle of wine or bubbly per person or four beers. Any more will have to travel via the registered luggage service. Sometimes, this station is really busy and crowded so be careful of your belongings.
Do purchase your Eurostar ticket from their website and you will receive a confirmation ticket from them. You can just use the barcode to scan at the train station. If you are non EU residents, you will need to prepare your passport at Gare Du Nord station as the France Immigration will be there to validate your passport before you take your train to London. Once you arrived in London, you will not get thru the immigration again.
Most of the train route is above ground, so you can admire the scenic countryside rolling past your window. The train goes underground briefly for about 20 to 25 minutes as it passes through the Channel Tunnel. This safe route connects France and England under the Channel waterway.