PARIS ON A SHOESTRING

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Eurostar train from Paris to London

January 5th, 2009 by paris

Check-in and boarding

This is the journey I enjoy less, the train from Paris to London, leaving Paris ! (even though I visit Paris at least once a month). Check in and immigration counters are located on the first floor of the Gare du Nord (station). Escalators and lifts provide easy access. Check-in is similar to the process at st Pancras, you either scan or insert your tickets and go through the ticket barriers. There are a number of immigration booths. If you are not a British or EU passport holder then you need to fill in an Embarkation form (it’s always handy to carry a pen for filling in this, immigration control will not be providing pens).

Once you pass through the immigration controls, luggage scanning and X raying starts. Once through this you can either wait in the waiting area for your train (indicated by the TV monitors) or do duty free shopping. The shopping area is rather small and tend to get crowded. Most of the shops do however produce very nice sandwiches and pastries !. Liquor and Tobacco products are available in a small shop at the back of the general waiting areas. There are toilets for your convenience. Once the gate opens you need to go through a downward sloping escalator which takes you to the platform.

Arrival in London

Eurostar usually arrives at st Pancras on time. From there you have easy access to Taxis, buses, Tube or National Rail (at Kings cross located just a 5 minute walk from st Pancras). If you are planning to travel from the st Pancras station by public transport, then please make sure that you arrive well before midnight in London, as there is only very limited availability of public transportation at this time. Many times we’ve missed the onward connection (train) due to delays in the channel tunnel. Most of the national rail services in the UK stop (or very limited) after midnight.

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  • 1 Euro trains Pass Oct 19, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Travelling across Europe was great last month, We went through Paris Gare du Nord 3 times we went to Montpellier, south France and Holland, before heading back to London and on to Eastbourne where we live in the UK. We will go again, it still works out faster by train and we were able to bring lots more baggage. Also we got discounted online coupon for student passes, which helped alot as we had spent over 18 hours travelling by train in Europe.