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City breaks in Europe

Discover all Eurostar destinations

Looking for the best European city break or weekend break?

We have a great selection of Eurostar European city breaks and weekend breaks for you to choose from.

Hop on one of our trains and discover the best city breaks in Europe and delve into the cultural delights on offer in some of the most famous cities in the world. Here are some of the best European city breaks with Eurostar.

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Does Eurostar offer City Breaks and Weekend breaks in Europe?

Yes, we do! Eurostar European weekend breaks cater to all your short break requirements. Fancy a festive treat to visit some of the best Christmas markets in Europe in the likes of Brussels, Paris or Bruges? Is a Valentine’s break in the most romantic city in the world top of your travel plans? Are you itching to sample some of the best culinary delights from across the continent?

Whatever your city break desire or your dream destination, choosing Eurostar European city breaks means that you’ll arrive in your chosen location in comfort and style. With loads of legroom and space to unwind, our seats are set up for a comfier journey, while our two-bag luggage allowance means you’ll have room for your comfy trainers and those essential outfit changes.

A view of people across the canal outside the Anne Frank house.
Amsterdam Holidays

There's so much to do and see in Holland's capital, you'll want to stay longer than a weekend.

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View of Eiffel Tower from a street below
City breaks in Paris

Paris is all about people watching, as you drink coffee on a café terrace.

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Brussels - Grand Place
City breaks in Brussels

Beer, waffles, chocolate and culture, and only 2 hrs from London by train.

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What are the best city breaks in France?

Make a quick trip to Paris your city break priority. With history around every corner, bistros and cafés aplenty, and art and culture top of the agenda, Parisians know how-to city break in style. Join them for a couple of days at least. Just outside of Paris, direct on Eurostar, you can take an unmissable trip of a lifetime to the magical kingdom of Disneyland® Paris.

If you fancy a little time away from the crowds, head to the equally as interesting, if less packed, French cities that are ideal for city breaks. The beautiful culture-packed city of Lille is under 1 hour 30 minutes from London and makes the perfect short city break. Nantes in Western France is full of interesting historical landmarks with a stunning 17th-century castle and cathedral. To the East of France, you will find the stunning city of Strasbourg, also known as the Capital of Christmas. In the heart of France, discover historical and architectural landmarks in Lyon. Or take a longer break to the South of France and discover Avignon with its Gothic palaces and cultural heritage or take a trip to the exuberantly multicultural port city of Marseille. France has so much to offer.

View of Eiffel Tower from a street below
City breaks in Paris

Paris is all about people watching, as you drink coffee on a café terrace.

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The rooftops of Grande Place in Lille on a sunny day.
City breaks in Lille

At only 1 hr 30 mins from London, Lille is the perfect destination for a day trip or overnight stay.

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Family in Disneyland Paris
Disneyland® Paris holidays

We all need a little magic in our lives and where better to rediscover your inner child?

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Strasbourg - typical houses
City Breaks in Strasbourg

Whenever you go, Strasbourg is perfect for a short break or weekend away.

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South of France - Marseilles
Marseille city breaks

Sun, sea, culture and gastronomy are all combined in this exciting city, just waiting to be explored.

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Notre Dame de Fourviere - famous view of Lyon
Lyon city breaks

The gastronomic heart of France, this city has it all - history, culture, food and sunshine.

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A view of the Pont Saint-Bénézet in Avignon on a sunny day.
Avignon city breaks

If you love food, culture, sun, wine and sightseeing then look no further.

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City breaks in Nantes

Where else can you hitch a ride on a giant mechanical elephant for a walk around the town?

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What are the best city breaks in Belgium?

Belgium’s capital Brussels might just surprise you with its breathtaking mix of art, culture and UNESCO sites.

Alternatively, why not lose yourself in the medieval masterpiece that is Bruges, arguably the most photogenic city in the world? With its medieval step-roofed houses, imposing churches and the still waters of its canals, your camera will never leave your hands. Don’t forget to sample the chocolate too.

Another top pick just 30 minutes from Brussels is the medieval city of Ghent, which offers a little peace and quiet away from the crowds.

Belgium isn’t just about a trip into the past. Antwerp is the coolest city in the country and caters for all your contemporary needs. Great shopping? Check. Top-notch food? Check. Diamond jewellery? Check. Antwerp is the centre of the diamond trade in Europe and the place to find some true bling.

A view of Brabo's Monument against the buildings of the centre of Antwerp.
City breaks in Antwerp

The coolest town in Belgium is well worth a shopping trip or a foodie break.

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Landscape of Bruges
City breaks in Bruges

Visit one of the prettiest towns in Europe and you won't be disappointed, whatever the time of year.

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Brussels - Grand Place
City breaks in Brussels

Beer, waffles, chocolate and culture, and only 2 hrs from London by train.

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What is there to do on a city break in Amsterdam?

Why not wile away the hours amongst canals, winding walkways and some of the most famous museums in Europe on a weekend getaway in Amsterdam? That’s not to forget the 600+ shops and markets, as well as the 1,500+ bars, restaurants and clubs.

But lively nightlife in the Netherlands isn’t just limited to Amsterdam. The city’s neighbour Rotterdam is ideal for European city breaks with a difference.

The famous port is also a vibrant university town, with great shopping and a buzzing night-time scene that caters to all-night partygoers, culture connoisseurs and jazz aficionados. And at just under four hours from London, it’s ideal for weekend breaks with friends.

A view of people across the canal outside the Anne Frank house.
Amsterdam Holidays

There's so much to do and see in Holland's capital, you'll want to stay longer than a weekend.

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A calm marina in Rotterdam on a sunny day.
City breaks in Rotterdam

It may not be as well known as Amsterdam, but Rotterdam is a party town with lots to offer.

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Where are the best city breaks for summer?

Fancy some sunshine? Book a ticket to Lyon, Marseille or Avignon for a hot weekend break. You can also take the Eurostar from London to Nice (connecting in Paris), where you can visit stunning beaches and access Cannes and Monaco quite easily. Whether you’re sunning yourself in the French Riviera or soaking up the culture, history and rosé in Provence, a weekend break in France never disappoints.

Where does Eurostar go?

Discover all of Eurostar's destinations - with trains direct to Paris, Brussels, Lille, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, as well as our connecting destinations in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, with an easy change in either Paris, Lille or Brussels.

A view across the lavender fields of Avignon in summer.
Trains to France

From the corner cafés of Montmartre to the lavender fields of Provence, France has something for everyone.

Trains to France
A row of colourful houses along a Ghent canal on a sunny day.
Trains to Belgium

With its ancient citadels, towering cathedrals, all-night parties and café culture, Belgium defies definition at every turn.

Trains to Belgium
Close-up of painted clogs in the Netherlands.
Trains to the Netherlands

Laidback and friendly, whether you go to Amsterdam or Rotterdam, Holland is the perfect place for a holiday.

Trains to the Netherlands
Strasbourg - typical houses
All Eurostar destinations

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Fancy a longer holiday in Europe?

Sometimes a weekend away just isn’t enough. While a city break serves to whet the appetite, a longer break offers a tasting menu of treats. If you fancy hitting the Alpine slopes for skiing, snowboarding and a little après, just book an indirect trip, connecting in Paris. For a longer break in France with Eurostar you can enjoy the coastal delights of the South of France or the wine and foodie treats of Bordeaux. Or why not opt for a longer stay for the whole family with Mickey and friends at Disneyland® Paris? Whatever your holiday of choice, we’ll take you to your dream destination.

South of France
South of France holidays

There's a reason so many artists and celebrities flock to this part of the world. Find out why.

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Aix-en-Provence - mountains
Aix-en-Provence Holidays

Just a short drive from Marseille and the coast, this city of fountains and markets is a great holiday base.

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Bordeaux - vineyards
Things to do in Bordeaux

Wine, food, culture and shopping - all the ingredients for a fantastic holiday.

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A view of the cable cars above a ski resort in the French Alps.
Ski holidays

Hop on the Eurostar and change trains in Paris for your ski holiday.

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Book your accommodation too

City breaks to remember are made up of quick and easy travel, the dream location, and accommodation that ticks all your boxes. That's why we give you the opportunity to select your hotel and book the full trip with us.

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