Eurostar is the hi-speed service between London, Paris, Lille, Brussels.
Eurostar is the hi-speed service between London, Paris, Lille, Brussels. It's 18 carriages long with 750 seats on each train, almost the equivalent of two Boeing 747 planes.The train travels at speeds of up to 186mph and Eurostar journeys are completely carbon neutral.
The well-stocked buffet cars serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, plus sandwiches, crisps and hot snacks. There are no seats in the bar area but there’s room to stand and linger if you don’t want to go straight back to your seat. Eurostar has 3 classes of seat - Business Premier, Standard Premier, Standard.
A Standard Premier ticket means you get food service at your table (special meal options are available), a quieter carriage, more spacious seats and a plug socket. Quiet coaches are available in coaches 8 and 11.
There are two dedicated wheelchair spaces on each train. These are located in the Standard Premier and Business Premier carriages, near a wheelchair-accessible toilet with push-button access. A companion can travel at a discounted rate. So, effectively, both passengers get first-class travel for a Standard class fare.
Check-in is smooth and simple, with e-ticket machines and a brisk security scan. Queues are usually short, though there may be a slight delay at rush-hour and weekends. Check-in is open until 30 minutes before departure.
The Eurostar sets off from the beautifully refurbished St Pancras station, speeds through the countryside and takes just twenty minutes to dash through the Channel Tunnel and emerge in France. The journey is deceptively fast- the comfortable train rockets trough Kent, beneath the channel and emerges in France in the time it takes to queue at an airport.