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Brexit and Eurostar services

Will there be changes to Eurostar’s service after Brexit?
We expect to maintain services on the existing basis, timetable and terms and conditions following Brexit. We are working closely with our station partners, Governments and border authorities on both sides of the Channel to ensure that robust plans are in place for us to continue to operate in either a deal or 'no-deal' scenario.
 
Will I need a visa to travel between the UK and the EU after Brexit?
The EU has agreed to give British citizens visa-free travel to member states, even in a no-deal scenario, for trips up to 90 days. The UK had previously confirmed that EU citizens will be able to make short-term visits to the UK without a visa.  
 
Can I still travel with my EEA ID card after Brexit? 
The UK government has confirmed that EU identity cards would remain valid for travel to the UK initially. Although there will be no immediate change, this cannot be guaranteed after the introduction of a new immigration system from 1 January 2021. Find out more.

Will there be any changes to the travel documents I need after Brexit?
Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, passports will be required to have six months validity from the date of arrival at your destination. The government has created an online tool to check if a passport needs to be renewed before travel.
 

Ashford International Station Closed on 16 June 2019?

No Eurostar trains will be stopping at Ashford International on Sunday 16 June 2019 as the station is closed all day due to engineering works.

If you usually travel on Eurostar 9032 (to Paris), 9074 (to Lille and Disneyland Paris), 9152 (to Lille and Brussels), 9025 or 9067 (from Paris), 9149 (from Brussels and Lille) or 9057 (from Disneyland Paris), you'll need to board or leave them at London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International station that day.

Travelling to the Netherlands – planned engineering works

Over the next few months, some services will be altered on our new route to and from Amsterdam:

 

Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 May 2019

•    Trains from London and Brussels will arrive in Rotterdam and Amsterdam approximately 30 minutes later than usual.

•    Trains from Amsterdam and Rotterdam to Brussels will leave approximately 30 minutes earlier.

 

Saturday 8 to Monday 10 June

•    On Saturday morning, the 9119 train will leave Amsterdam 54 minutes earlier at 06:56 and depart from Rotterdam 40 minutes earlier at 07:48

•    No other Eurostar services will run to or from the Netherlands until 08:16 on Monday morning. 

•    On Monday 10 June, the 9114 08:16 and 9150 17:16 trains from London will arrive in Amsterdam approximately 30 minutes later than usual.

 

Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 June 2019

We'll be running a reduced timetable to and from Amsterdam.

•    On Saturday, the 9126 11:04 train from London will terminate at Rotterdam and the 9119 train will run from Rotterdam to Brussels only.

•    On Sunday, the 9150 17:19 train from London will terminate at Rotterdam and the 9145 train will run from Rotterdam to Brussels only.

 

Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 September and Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 October 2019

We’re not selling any tickets between Brussels, Rotterdam and Amsterdam until the timetable for these dates has been confirmed.

Travelling within the Netherlands?

Please click the link below to check for any changes to train times or planned works which may affect your trip:

https://www.nsinternational.nl/en/overview-service-alterations/planned-maintenance/intercity-brussels-1

Eurotunnel Engineering Works on 15 -18 November 2019

On this weekend, we've currently stopped selling tickets on trains running from 18:00 on Friday evening until 07:00 on Monday morning.

This is because of planned electric cable installation works in the Channel Tunnel which will mean that we'll only be able run trains through one of the two tunnels we normally use.

Once our timetables for these days have been amended and tickets are available to book again, we'll announce the details here and also on our Twitter page.

No travel from Ebbsfleet to Continent on 24/05 and 25/05

On the following dates, the French authorities will not be in Ebbsfleet International station, which means that our services from the UK to Continent will not be able to stop in this station. You can proceed to ticket gates at London St Pancras International. 

The following trains will be impacted:

  • Friday 24th of May: 9008, 9108, 9008, 9116, 9014, 9074, 9018, 9128, 9024, 9132 
  • Saturday 25th of May: 9008, 9116, 9014, 9074, 9128, 9024, 9132

Driving to Ashford international? – important road diversion update (May until July 2019)

Starting on May 13th and until the end of July 2019, access to Ashford International and the adjacent car parks will only be via a signed diversion route (see map below).

There will be no access from Romney Marsh Road (A2042).

The diversion will be in place via Orbital Park Roundabout so please allow extra time for your journey.

For more information visit ashfordexpansion.co.uk or contact enquiries@ashfordexpansion.co.uk

 

Ashford International Diversion Map

Ashford International stops until 31 August 2019

We’re introducing an amended timetable at Ashford International until 31 August 2019

The timetables for services due to stop at Ashford are published below. 

Ashford Timetable Changes 26 May - 31 August 2019

All the affected trains will instead have a replacement stop in Ebbsfleet International.

If you are travelling on one of these services, you'll need to disembark at Ebbsfleet or London St Pancras and have your Eurostar ticket stamped by a member of staff to travel for free with a Southeastern service to Ashford (see below).

Please note:

All direct Eurostar services to/from Disneyland Paris, Lyon, Avignon and Marseille will continue to stop at Ashford as normal.

This timetable is applicable on all dates; however, some services may be occasionally subject to changes at short notice. If this happens, we will contact you before travel.

Getting to Ashford when your train has been affected

If your train is affected, you can either :

  • have your Eurostar ticket stamped by a member of staff in order to validate it for the Southeastern journey (your Eurostar ticket will NOT be accepted by Southeastern staff without validation from Eurostar)
  • or, purchase your own and claim the cost back for this.

Please note you will only be able to have your ticket stamped if your train is affected by these changes (see detailed list above). If you are travelling to/from Ebbsfleet on a train which is not on this list, you will not be entitled to free travel on Southeastern.

Southeastern High Speed services

The journey time between Ashford and Ebbsfleet, is just 20 minutes but please allow time to make the transfer. Check the Southeastern timetables for the best connecting service between Ashford, Ebbsfleet and London St Pancras.

Car parking

If you have pre-booked car parking at Ashford International station that you no longer need, please email hs1parkinghelp@empark.com with the details of your on-line booking for Ashford and the reason for cancellation and it will be cancelled and refunded. 

If your journey is part of a return trip, you can check the revised timetable above to see if the train on your outbound journey also stops at Ebbsfleet. Your Eurostar tickets from Ashford will be accepted at Ebbsfleet if this is more convenient for you to board there. Should you need to re-organise your parking arrangements, please visit www.ebbsfleetintl.co.uk/parking to make a new car parking booking at Ebbsfleet International.