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Trains from London to Calais

Take the train to Calais

Count 45-60 minutes to get through security, then you’ll be off to France in next to no time.

Calais is just is just 55 minutes from London so it's the ideal place for a day trip - perfect for a spot of shopping or indulging in some French cuisine.

If retail therapy is on the cards, our two-bag luggage allowance means you needn't hold back at the shops.

What's on board?

If you can’t wait for a frites fix, you’ll find everything from flaky morning pastries to snacks, meals and drinks at Café Métropole, our onboard bar buffet.

So grab a bite to eat, then sit back and enjoy the view as we speed through the Kent countryside.

Otherwise, use our free onboard wi-fi to keep your friends in the loop with your cross-Channel adventure.

Arriving at Calais-Fréthun

Eurostar trains arrive at Calais-Fréthun station, just outside city centre. 

There, you can step straight off the train and into a taxi, or hop on a TER train for the 10-minute journey to Calais Ville.

Once in town, the main sights, shops, bars and restaurants are all within easy strolling distance.

See a new side of Calais

Calais is more than just a port, its historic and cultural gems may surprise you, whether you’re just passing through or taking a longer break to explore the town.

A head for heights

For a bird’s eye view of the city below, make a beeline for Calais’ 51m-high lighthouse.

With 271 steps to the top, you’ll have to earn the view, but it’s more than worth it.

City of lace

Calais is known for its excellent lace, and you can still see lace makers and their looms at work at Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode, a museum in a restored 19th-century factory.

Calais' cuisine

Calais’ cuisine is more Flemish than French, with beer and cheese featuring heavily. 

The seafood is also top-notch, with scallops, mussels and even eel caught along the coast.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Eurostar train journey from London to Calais?

Typically, the train journey from London to Calais takes 55mins. When you view the available tickets, you will be able to see the length of the train journey for each departure time. 

Are there additional fees when travelling with the Eurostar?

Unlike airlines, there are no hidden costs when travelling by Eurostar. Once you have picked your train tickets (Standard, Standard Premier or Business Premier), there will be no additional fees for seat selection, advanced booking, or luggage allowance.

How far in advance can you book your Eurostar train ticket?

Eurostar tickets from London to Calais can be booked up to 180 days before your return travel date, however, there are a few exceptions depending on engineering work or when you book. Have a look at our booking calendar and available days will show in black while the greyed-out dates are not available for sale just yet.

Can you take liquids on the Eurostar? 

You can take liquids on the Eurostar and there is no volume limit, so you can bring all your toiletries and even a bottle of bubbly!

Can you take your own food on the Eurostar?

There are no food restrictions, so you’re allowed to bring your own food from home on the Eurostar.

How early should you arrive for the Eurostar?

You should get to St Pancras International 45 to 60 minutes before departure in order to pass the customs and security checks before your train departs.

How fast does the Eurostar go?

Between London and Calais, the high-speed lines allow our trains to drive at a maximum speed of 186 miles per hour (300 km/h).

Where does the Eurostar leave from in the UK?

In addition to our trains from London to Calais, we also have direct routes to Calais from Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International, as well as tickets from cities in the UK that require a change in London. 

How much luggage can I bring with me on the Eurostar?

Standard adult tickets allow you to bring two pieces of luggage that are up to 85cm long, and one small piece of hand luggage such as a handbag or briefcase. You can find out more information about luggage allowances here

Can you take dogs on the Eurostar?

Pets are not allowed to travel on the Eurostar, apart from guide and assistance dogs which are welcome onboard. Have a look here to read more about what to do if you are travelling with a registered guide or assistance dog.

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