Eurostar high-speed train
Eurostar is a high-speed train connecting several big cities across France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Great Britain. From October 1st 2023, all former Thalys routes will be operated by the brand Eurostar. Former Thalys trains will still be recognisable by their red painting while Eurostar trains will remain operating in their grey-yellow livery. All trains run at top speeds of up to 300km/h. If you want to travel in luxury and save as much time as you can for sightseeing, then the Eurostar is your best choice.
Eurostar offers almost hourly departures to and from central London to the heart of Paris (France), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and Brussels (Belgium). Similar frequent connections run from Paris to Brussels, Amsterdam, and multiple major cities in Germany, such as Cologne. Eurostar trains from London to mainland Europe also connect with other services in Brussels. Also, connecting TGV services will transport you to many cities across France and the Benelux. Especially in Lille Europe, connecting TGV’s serve Disneyland Paris and cities in Southern France.
Eurostar routes to and from London:
- London – Paris
- London – Lille – Brussels
- London – Brussels – Rotterdam – Amsterdam
Eurostar routes (formerly known as Thalys):
- Paris – Brussels
- Paris – Brussels – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Amsterdam
- Paris – Liège – Cologne – Düsseldorf – Duisburg – Essen – Dortmund
- Disneyland Paris – Brussels – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Amsterdam
Reservations on the Eurostar are mandatory. You can start making your reservations up to 6 months in advance, but this depends on the exact route. Only Eurailers with a Eurail Global Pass can reserve seats on the Eurostar.
Please note that the Eurostar prices mentioned are special Eurail Pass holder fares. These fares have limited availability, so make sure you book the Eurostar well in advance. If your train is booked out for Eurail Pass holders you'll need to select a different train or buy a regular ticket.
Alternatively, find trains without seat reservations in our timetable by toggling on the ‘no reservation needed’ button.
How to make your reservations for the Eurostar
Eurail reservation self-service system
Administration costs when booking through Eurail Self Service:
- € 2,- p.p. per train
- Additional € 9,- per order (for paper tickets)
With railway carriers
- SNCB (b-europe): All Eurostar routes, including former Thalys routes
Locally at the train station in Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany
- Directly from the Eurostar terminals (seats for Eurail Pass holders might not be available when booking last-minute)
- Also at SBB Stations in Switzerland
Reservations for the Eurostar are non-exchangable and non-refundable. For more information, visit the Eurostar website.
By calling SNCF
- +33 1 84 94 3635
- Select #85 for English
- You can book both domestic and international reservations
By calling Deutsche Bahn
- By clicking the link above you'll find yourself on the DB contact page. There are phone numbers for English, French, Danish, Italian, Dutch or German speaking customer service representatives.
By calling the NS call centre
- +31 030 2300023 (open 24/7)
- When calling, you’ll hear a menu in Dutch. Select extension ‘5’ for services in English. NS International can book trains in various European countries (€7.50 booking fee, with a maximum of €22.50 per order; 2 reservations per call allowed). You have to pay for reservations made over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard credit card. The reservations ticket will be sent to you by email. You can also pick up your reservations at a NS International ticket desk or at a self-service machine. Just go to a Dutch train station with a NS International desk with your booking code.
|Routes||1st class (Standard Premier)||2nd class (Standard)|
|London – Paris||€38||€30|
|London – Brussels||€38||€30|
|London – Amsterdam||€43||€35|
|(former Thalys) Routes||1st class (Comfort)||2nd class (Standard)|
|Paris – Belgium*||€32||€27|
|Paris – Germany||€37||€32|
|Paris – The Netherlands||€37||€32|
|Belgium – The Netherlands||€27||€22|
|Belgium – Germany||€32||€27|
Travelers with a 2nd class Pass can only travel in Standard Class. Travelers with a 1st class Pass can travel in both classes. It's not possible to travel in Business Premier Class or Premium Class with a Eurail Pass.
Good to know
- Eurostar routes can only be used in combination with Global Passes. One Country Passes such as the Benelux Pass are not valid on board Eurostar Services.
Arrival at the station and check in for trains to/from London
To go to or leave from London, you'll need to go through the ticket gates, passport control, and a security checkpoint. To make sure you have enough time for this, please arrive at the train station 45 - 60 minutes before departure.
The ticket gates close 30 minutes before departure. The train won't wait if you're running late.
Travel classes on Eurostar trains
There are 2 travel classes on Eurostar trains available for Eurail Pass holders:
- Trains to and from London
- 1st class (Standard Premier)
- 2nd class (Standard)
- Other Eurostar routes (former Thalys trains)
- 1st class (Comfort)
- 2nd class (Standard)
Please note that if you want to travel with Eurostar, you need to be in the possession of an Eurail Global Pass. If you want to take an international train when you have a One Country Pass, you can go as far as the border of the country where your Pass is valid. From here you'll have to buy a point-to-point ticket to cross the border to your final destination.
Exception: Some Eurostar (former Thalys) routes can be used by the Benelux Pass. Only the trains to London cannot be booked between the Netherlands and Belgium. When using the Benelux Pass, both countries need to be included in the Pass while traveling by Eurostar (former Thalys trains).
Added value to your trip
The Eurostar is an exceptionally comfortable train, offering free WiFi, individual power sockets, and free newspapers. This is why reservation fees for the Eurostar are higher than average. With your reservation you can also enjoy discounts on museums, exhibitions, car rentals, and hotels. For more information, see the Eurostar website.
Facilities and services
- Air conditioning
- Bar buffet
- Special assistance
- Power sockets
- Free onboard WiFi
- Onboard entertainment
Facilities may differ per train and route.
Change of currency
You cannot change the currency once you have a Pass in your cart. Remove the Pass, and then change the currency on the website header.