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How to Get From London to Paris by Train

Discover your rail options from London to Paris

London is a popular starting point for many travelers on their European vacation. A short and comfortable train ride connects the British capital with France's city of love, Paris. Let's show you how you can travel from London to Paris by train.

  • London to Paris train time
    2 hours 16 minutes

    London to Paris train time

  • No changes on the way
    Direct trains

    No changes on the way

  • For Eurail travelers
    Fixed prices

    For Eurail travelers

Which Pass?

Eurail Global Pass


Travel from London to Paris and discover up to 33 European countries. The Eurail Global Pass is our most popular rail pass, and the perfect way to see more of Europe. Gives you access to this train route and countless more!

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The rail route: London to Paris


Distance from London to Paris

214 miles (348 kilometers)


Train stations

London St. Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord

Your train options


There's only one train running directly from London to Paris: the Eurostar high-speed train. So that makes choosing the right train a bit easier!

Travel time

This train is seriously speedy. On average the journey takes 2 hours 28 minutes, at its fastest, 2 hours 16 minutes. You need to turn up at the railway station 30 minutes in advance, for boarding procedures.


There are around 13 trains each day running from London to Paris and back. The earliest sets off early morning and the latest in the mid-evening. For exact travel times, check out our timetable.


Like airplane tickets, the train from London to Paris costs you more if you purchase your ticket close to the date of travel. Prices can rise from €50 to above €300 a ticket.

Luckily, if you are the holder of a Eurail Pass you don't have to worry about changing fares. Eurail Pass holders only pay a fixed reservation fee instead of the full ticket fare.

Seat reservations for Eurail travelers

Eurail Pass holders can reserve:

  • a seat in Standard 2nd class (€30)

  • a seat in Standard Premium 1st class, fee: €38

This reservation allows you to experience the facilities of one of Europe’s most advanced trains, and travel between the hearts of two iconic cities. We recommend reserving your seat 2 to 3 months in advance.


On-board facilities

Inside the Eurostar high-speed train

Traveling through the Channel Tunnel to the European mainland aboard the Eurostar is a comfortable experience. Here's what you can expect.

  • Extra space and comfort

  • Meal and drink tailored to the time of day, served at your seat

  • Complimentary magazines

In all train cars (1st & 2nd class)
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned train cars

  • Drinks and snacks available from the on board cafe

  • A generous 2 bag luggage allowance, plus hand luggage

In designated cars
  • Family facilities

  • Space for extra luggage

  • Sockets for charging your devices

In Standard Premier (1st class) only
  • Extra space and comfort

  • Meal and drink tailored to the time of day, served at your seat

  • Complimentary magazines

How to travel

If you are planning to travel only between London and Paris you may wish to buy a regular, single train ticket, known as a point-to-point ticket. 


If you'd like to travel by train along additional routes and extend your trip beyond Paris, then a Eurail Pass will make your journeys a whole lot easier.

Simple. If you have one of the following Eurail Passes, along with a seat reservation, you can get on board the Eurostar:

What is a Eurail Pass and why get one?

The Eurail Pass is a paper train ticket that lets you travel on most trains in Europe. Giving you unlimited access to Europe's rail network on each day and in each country that it's valid (bonus: you get to choose those days and counties), you can travel from city to city without having to buy separate tickets.

Video train route Paris to London

What your fellow travelers said

"Even in standard class Eurostar seats are comfortable and carriages are air conditioned."

Read Erin McNeaney's account of her trip on the Eurostar.

"It’s the perfect start or end point for a Eurail trip."



Serial Eurailer Andrew explains why London is a top Eurail destination.

"There’s something about this magical city that just never gets old."



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