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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.

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 27 May 2019

  • Sunday 9 June 2019

  • Sunday 16 June 2019

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

  • Wednesday 29 May 2019

  • Friday 31 May 2019

  • Wednesday 19 June 2019

  • Friday 25 October 2019

This is to stop the departure lounge and arrivals area getting too full but you can still travel from 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:

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

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.

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 to 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 02 and 10 June

The French authorities will not be present at the Ebbsfleet International station on 02nd and 10th of June. As a consequence, our services from the UK to France and Belgium will not be able to stop at this station.

You can board in London St Pancras with your current ticket. We would advise you to arrive at least 60 minutes before the departure of the train.

The following trains will be impacted:

  • Sunday 02/06/2019: 9010, 9116, 9014, 9074, 9018, 9128, 9024, 9132  
  • Monday 10/06/2019: 9080, 9008, 9116, 9014, 9074, 9018, 9024, 9132


We are sorry for the inconvenience. 

The Eurostar Team

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.

These timetables are 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 no longer stopping at Ashford, you can either :

  • Disembark at Ebbsfleet and have your Eurostar ticket stamped by a member of staff in order to validate it for the Southeastern journey back to Ashford(your Eurostar ticket will NOT be accepted by Southeastern staff without validation from Eurostar)
  • Disembark at Ebbsfleet, purchase your own ticket back to Ashford and claim the cost back for this from our Traveller Care team.
  • Change your journey for an alternative time and/or date of travel free of charge subject to availability. This can be done in person at our ticket offices or by contacting your original point of sale - please consult the timetable above to view alternative Eurostar services to and from Ashford.
  • Cancel your journey and obtain a full refund from your original point of sale

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 timetables 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.

Netherlands National Strike 28/05/2019

The National strike in the Netherlands on Tuesday 28/05/2019 will have an impact on all trains and other public transport modes.

If you have booked a connecting ticket to or from the Netherlands with Eurostar, please exchange your ticket to an alternative date or get a refund by contacting your original point of sale.