What is Eurostar?
Eurostar is the only high speed train that directly links the UK to France, Belgium and the Netherlands via the Channel Tunnel. We take our travellers from city centre to city centre, and have been since 1994.
Since then, we’ve carried over 150 million passengers. We take thousands of people a day to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Lille, Disneyland® Paris and more.
Until 13 November 2007, our trains left the UK from London Waterloo International. By 14 November we were well and truly settled in our new home, St. Pancras International, just in time to celebrate the completion of the second section of the UK's first high-speed line, HS1.
Paris, Brussels, the Netherlands and beyond
Since 1994, we’ve more than doubled the total number of passengers travelling (whether by air or train) between London, Paris, Brussels and the Netherlands. Today, we’re taking our customers even further. With a simple change you can connect to over 100 European destinations, including Switzerland and Germany, as well as dozens of vibrant and unforgettable cities across France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Find out more
Setting the standard for international train travel
We’ve always been at the cutting edge of innovation in our industry. From being one of the first train companies to introduce business lounges and a loyalty programme, all the way to the everyday advantages of travelling by train rather than plane.
Why travel with Eurostar?
It’s très simple.
- Seamless city centre to city centre travel
- No shuttle buses to the city, no baggage reclaim, no worrying about liquids at security
- Up to eighteen trains a day
- Faster than flying, door to door
- Great value fares
- Comfort and space to work or unwind
- Simple and generous compensation policy for delays or cancellations
- Up to 90% less carbon dioxide emissions than flying
How fast does Eurostar go?
Our trains can reach a maximum speed of 300 kilometres per hour (that’s 186 miles per hour) on the high-speed lines in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Throughout the Channel Tunnel, Eurostar trains travel at a speed of 160 Kilometres per hour (100 mph).
Our regular journey times are:
London to Paris - 2 hours 16 minutes
London to Brussels - 1 hours 53 minutes
London to Lille - 1 hour 22 minutes