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French Nationwide General Strike from 5th December 2019

Trade Unions in France have called for a nationwide general strike from 5 December 2019.

The strike action will impact our ability to deliver the usual timetable as we expect disruption to signalling along all routes. As a result, we will now run a reduced timetable from the 5 to the 10 December.

Check if your train is affected. 

 

Travelling between Disneyland Paris and Ebbsfleet International?

We've now stopped selling tickets from Ebbsfleet International on our direct train to Disneyland ® Paris on:

 

  • Monday 18 November 2019
  • Sunday 24 November 2019
  • Friday 29 November 2019
     
  • Sunday 1 December 2019
  • Sunday 15 December 2019
  • Monday 23 December 2019
  • Friday 27 December 2019
  • Sunday 29 December 2019
     
  • Monday 25 May 2020

 

We've also stopped selling tickets from Disneyland ® Paris on our direct train to Ebbsfleet International on:

 

  • Friday 22 November 2019
  • Wednesday 27 November 2019
     
  • Wednesday 4 December 2019
  • Friday 13 December 2019
  • Wednesday 18 December 
  • Friday 27 December 2019
  • Monday 30 December 2019
     
  • Friday 29 May 2020

 

This is to stop our departures lounge and arrivals area getting too full but you can still travel to London or Ashford.

If you haven’t booked yet
There are still seats available. You’ll just need to buy tickets from London St Pancras International or Ashford International and board or leave the train at one of those stations.

If you’ve already booked tickets from/to Ebbsfleet International
Don't worry, the train will still stop at Ebbsfleet as normal but it might be worth allowing a little extra time, since it'll be busy.

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.

On Saturday 14 December, Eurostar trains 9119 and 9145 from Amsterdam won’t stop at Rotterdam.

We’re not selling any tickets between Brussels, Rotterdam and Amsterdam on these dates until the timetables have been confirmed: 

 

2020

  • Saturday 11 January
  • Saturday 18 January
  • Sunday 19 January
  • Sunday 26 January

 

  • Saturday 1 February
  • Sunday 2 February
  • Saturday 8 February
  • Sunday 9 February

 

  • Saturday 14 March
  • Sunday 15 March
  • Saturday 28 March
  • Sunday 29 March

 

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

No travel from Ebbsfleet to France and Belgium on certain dates in December and January

For operational reasons no Eurostar services will depart from Ebbsfleet International on the dates listed below. Arrivals are unaffected.

 

2019

  • Wednesday 18 December 
  • Thursday 19 December 
  • Friday 20 December 
  • Saturday 21 December 

 

2020

  • Wednesday 1 January
  • Thursday 2 January


Please click the links below to see which trains are no longer stopping at Ebbsfleet.

List of trains affected for October and November. 

List of the trains affected for December and January

All Eurostar services running from Paris, Brussels and Marne la Vallée (Disneyland® Paris) back to the UK on these dates will continue to stop at Ebbsfleet as normal. 

If you have already booked a ticket from Ebbsfleet on these dates, we will be contacting you to help with alternative travel arrangements.

Ashford International Station Closure Dates –December 2019 to February 2020

Major engineering works will be carried out at Ashford International over Christmas and early in 2020 and so no Eurostar services will stop there on:

 

2019

  • Sunday 15 December
  • Thursday 26 December
  • Friday 27 December
  • Saturday 28 December
  • Sunday 29 December

 

 2020

  • Saturday 4 January
  • Sunday 5 January

 

  • Saturday 22 February
  • Sunday 23 February

 

If you’re travelling on any of these dates, you’ll need to board or leave your train in London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International.

Eurotunnel engineering works in January and February 2020

On the following dates, we're not currently selling tickets on trains running to and from Paris, Brussels and Disneyland ® Paris (Marne la Vallée-Chessy).

 

2020

  • Saturday 1 February
  • Sunday 2 February
     

This is because of planned maintenance 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 we are able to confirm our timetables for theses dates and tickets can be booked again, we'll announce the details here and also on our Twitter feed.

Engineering works at Marseille on 22 and 23 May 2020

No Eurostar trains will call at Marseille St Charles station on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May 2020.

On these two days, our services will run to and from Lyon Part Dieu and Avignon TGV only.

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.

Tickets now on sale for 25 and 26 January 2020

It’s now possible to check train times and book journeys on trains running between the UK, France and Belgium on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January 2020.

We’ll be operating an amended timetable that weekend due to essential points renewal works in the Channel Tunnel which means we’ll only be able to run trains through one of the two tunnels we normally use.