Our history

Take a look back through nearly two decades of revolutionising European train travel.

Date Event
6 May 1994 HM The Queen opens Waterloo International before travelling on Eurostar to Calais for the Channel Tunnel inauguration with President Mitterrand of France.
14 November 1994 We start running trains to and from London Waterloo International, Paris Gare du Nord, Brussels Midi and Lille Europe.
30 July 2003 We set the UK rail speed record of 208mph (334.7kph)
17 April 2006 We launch Tread Lightly and announce that all Eurostar journeys are now carbon neutral. We also pledge to reduce our overall carbon emissions by 25% by 2012.
14 November 2007 St Pancras International becomes our new London home.
The second section of the UK high speed rail line, High Speed 1, is completed. Our London to Paris journey time is reduced to two hours 15 minutes, and London to Brussels just one hour 51 minutes.
28 August 2009 We carry our 100 millionth traveller.
1 September 2010 The new corporate structure for Eurostar International is launched and we become one company.
7 October 2010 We announce a £700 million investment in our trains, including ten brand new ones from Siemens and the overhaul and redesign of our current fleet.
July – August 2012 As the official international rail provider to the London 2012 Olympic Games, we carry French and Belgian athletes to the London 2012 Olympic Games. We also unveil our specially adapted trains to carry French and Belgian Paralympic teams to London 2012.
14 July 2012 Curated by renowned DJ Gilles Peterson, we host an original one-day summer festival, Traction, as part of the 2012 Festival.
31 October 2012 We announce our new Business Premier Culinary Director, the world renowned Michelin starred chef, Raymond Blanc OBE.