Eurostar Trains from London St Pancras
Goodbye London Waterloo, hello London St Pancras!
The new St Pancras International station opened in November 2007 and is part of the old Victorian London train station that has been renovated and restored to its former glory. It is simply stunning! What a great way to start your Eurostar journey from London.
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St Pancras was originally built in the 1880s as the station terminal for trains from London to the Midlands. Today, the restored Victorian architecture will take your breath away. Look up to the magnificent glass and steel roof, and along the Victorian red brick arches, and you will get a feel for the sheer scale, history and drama of the building and architecture.
London St Pancras is now a glamorous, bustling delight, with bars, shops, markets and cafes, and a true international feel thanks to the Eurostar trains. Glance up at the departure boards at St Pancras these days and you will not only see trains for Derby and Nottingham, but trains departing for Paris, Lille, Brussels and beyond!
St Pancras London has everything you need to make the start of your journey relaxing and enjoyable, including public toilets, left luggage, countless cafes, restaurants and bars, including the Champagne Bar (Europe's longest at over 90 metres long!), which conveniently runs next to the Eurostar platform. Who can resist starting a journey with a glass of champagne! Or maybe you would prefer a good old English pint and some fish and chips in the Betjeman Arms.
There are always various events going on, such as exhibitions and galleries, plus you might find time to visit the farmers market for some fresh flowers or luxurious food. So arrive early to soak up the atmosphere.
See the video below of the opening of St Pancras and the new Eurostar trains and facilities there...
Eurostar Ticket Office and Check-in
The Eurostar ticket office is on the lower level of the St Pancras building. The check-in is in an area to the right of the lower level.
Standard Eurostar ticket holders need to check - in for Eurostar at least 30 minutes before departure. Business Premier travellers can check-in 10 minutes.
Eurostar check-in desks normally open around 1 hour before departure. There are staffed check-in desks to help you, or you can use the automated ticket gates. Don't forget that of course you will need your travel documents, including your passport. Once through check-in, you will move on to the security check, not unlike those at airports (but without the queues!). Once through security you can relax in the Eurostar departure lounge.
The departure lounge offers free WiFi internet access, and various other facilities including a bar, cafe, shop and toilets. There is also a Eurostar Information desk, with staff able to help you with information on your destination. You can even buy tickets for the Paris Metro here, in full preparation for your arrival at Paris Gare du Nord.
London St Pancras - Getting There
London St Pancras is at the hub of public transport in London. You can reach it by tube (Kings Cross / St Pancras tube station is a few minutes walk away), with the Victoria, Piccadilly, Northern, Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines stopping there.
Overground trains offer some easy travel options too. The mainline station at Kings Cross is minutes away, plus there are plenty of trains coming stopping at St Pancras from the Midlands, and many of the Thameslink and First Capital Connect trains from Brighton, Gatwick, Luton and Bedford.
Of course, this being central London, there are buses and taxis in abundance, but longer term parking spaces are expensive and difficult to find (there is an NCP car park), and don't forget, London St Pancras is just on the border of the London Congestion Zone.
London to Paris by Train - St Pancras
Don't forget, the Eurostar trains no longer leave from London Waterloo, but now depart from London St Pancras. This wonderfully renovated London landmark will make the start of your journey a delight. Get there early if you can, relax and take in the atmosphere. No dreaded airport queues and stress here! The Eurostar St Pancras train terminal makes travelling from London to Paris a delight.
To book train tickets and for more about the Eurostar facilities at St Pancras, click here.