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The Eurostar experience:

Smooth and efficient travel between London and Paris.

 

The world's most advanced train, whisks you through the famous Channel Tunnel taking you between London (St. Pancras) and Paris (Gare Du Nord) in record time (2hrs 15min.) and in very comfortable surroundings. Your seat is reserved for you after you book. For 'Business Premier' and'First Class' passengers meals are included. Like most forms of transport nowadays it is non-smoking. Guide dogs are welcome on  board the trains.

Check-in times

'Business Premier' tickets or Eurostar carte blanche - 10 minutes.
 

Standard & Leisure Select  tickets  -  allow 30 minutes.
 

For special travel needs ( wheelchair etc.) allow 45minutes.

 

If you need assistance please ask a member of staff.

 

You can make a reservation 180 days in advance.

This service is direct, board the train in the centre of London and disembark in the centre of Paris!
No lengthy check-ins or hassle getting to and from airports!
London to Paris: 2hrs 15mins - hourly service.

The first Eurostar train departs from St. Pancras station, London at 5:25 am and arrives at Gare du Nord station, Paris at 8:50 am.

The last train departs from St. Pancras station, London at 8:05 pm and arrives at Gare du Nord station, Paris at 11:26 pm.

The journey from London to Paris takes approximately 3 hours 40 minutes, and Eurostar fare for this journey is 39 for one side and 69 including return ticket.

Gare du Nord does not service Loire Valley Destinations


 

 Onward to the Loire Valley:

When you arrive at Gare du Nord, the other mainline stations with access to the Loire Valley are all within easy reach, allow yourself   1 1/2 hours to get to Montparnasse  and 30 min to Paris-Austerlitz'

If you want to take the TGV for the next part of you journey you must  head for Gare Montparnasse/

To get to Gare Montparnasse from Gare du Nord you can either take a taxi or the metro depending on your personal circumstances.

If you can carry/wheel your luggage then you can take in the 'metro experience' which can be interesting depending on the time of day, and remember you may have to negotiate stairs, escalators and turnstiles.

Leave the Eurostar platform, turn left, and follow the signs for Metro line M4.

Metro line M4  takes you directly to 'Montparnasse Bienvenue' - follow signs 'M4 direction Porte d'Orlans'.

Note: The metro will bring  you up a 700 metre (750 yard) walk  away from the actual railway station. Follow link below to see detailed metro route.

Interactive map - trains & Metro

When it opens click on Gare du Nord and green flag as your departure point and Gare Montparnasse (bottom centre) and  red flag as your arrival point - route will be displayed.

 

Be sure that you can handle your luggage, if in any doubt, just take the taxi, it should cost around 16€ .

Check here for up-to-date taxi price to Gare Montparnasse

This could be your best option - especially with luggage.

If the taxi rank is busy you can call an English speaking cab company   'Taxis G7' on +33 1 41 27 66 99 but they will have to pick you up opposite the front entrance to the station on Boulevard de Denain, outside the 'Hotel Paris Terminus Nord' for example, away from the official rank, due to some French taxi union rules.

 

Loire Valley from Montparnasse


To get to Gare Austerlitz from Gare du Nord you can either take a taxi or the metro depending on your personal circumstances.

If you can carry, wheel your luggage then you can take in the 'metro experience' which can be interesting depending on the time of day, and remember you may have to negotiate stairs, escalators and turnstiles.

Leave the Eurostar platform, turn left, and follow the signs for Metro line M5. Metro line 5 takes you directly to the Gare d'Austerlitz, follow signs 'M5 direction Place d'Italie'. The metro train comes out above ground, crosses the Seine and arrives at  Gare d'Austerlitz on a high-level platform opposite the mainline station entrance.

If you'd rather take a taxi it should cost  just over 13.00€

 Click here for up-to-date taxi price to Gare d'Austerlitz

         

Loire Valley from Austerlitz

     

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"Author: Jim Craig"