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Train and ferry from Corsica to London (overnight)

 
Sandy beach in Corsica
Photo: Richard Hammond

Overview

Route: Corsica to London via Marseille and Lille or Nice and Paris
Journey time: From 24hrs
 

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Marseille and Lille (overnight ferry)

Sample itinerary: Leave Corsica on the 1900 ferry, arriving next morning at 0700. Spend the morning in the Vieux-Port, before catching the 1310 Lille train, arriving at 1835, and the 1835 Eurostar to arrive in London St Pancras at 1903.
Price: Return train to Marseille from £111, ferry from Marseille to Corsica costs from €8 each way.
Leg 1: Corsica to Marseille by ferry (overnight)

Ferries leave Corsica at 1830, 1900, 1930 or 2000 depending on the day.
Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

SNCM

Journey time: From 11hrs
Transfer Transfer from Marseille port to Marseille station (St Charles)

The nearest metro is Joliette (line 2) and it is only 2 stops to St. Charles, however you should allow extra time in case the ferry is slow to dock. If you have extra time, stop at the picturesque Vieux-Port on the way (about 2 km from the station).

Long hop

Transfer time: Allow 2hrs
 
Book a hotel near Saint-Charles train station
 
 
Book a hotel near Marseille Port
 
Leg 2: Marseille St Charles to Lille Europe

First train 0550, last train 1810.
Frequency of service: From 7 trains a day
Operator:

TGV

Journey time: From 4 hrs 25 mins
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform at Lille Europe station to catch the onward connection. Allow 30 mins check-in time for Eurostar.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 50 mins
 
Book a hotel near Lille Europe/Lille Flanders
 
Leg 3: Lille Europe to London St Pancras

First train 0735 (Mon-Thurs, Sat), 0835 (Fri), 0935 (Sun).
Last train 2056 (Mon-Thurs), 2105 (Fri, Sun), 2035 (Sat).
Frequency of service: From 7 a day
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 1 hr 20 mins
Destination

Welcome to London! St Pancras International now has lots of lovely shops, restaurants and gastro pubs... and free wifi throughout the station. If you're planning to stay in the capital, there are over 60 hotels within a one mile radius of St Pancras - see Hotels near St Pancras Train Station.

From St Pancras, there are mainline rail connections to Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, as well as First Capital Connect trains on the cross-London Thameslink route which continues north as far as Bedford or south to Gatwick Airport and Brighton.

Across the street is Kings Cross station, which has rail connections to the north of England and Scotland, and it's a 15-minute walk (in the opposite direction, heading west) to Euston Station for connections to the West Midlands, the West Coast (including Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester) and Glasgow (including the Scotrail sleeper service).

Getting around London: London St Pancras International is in the heart of London and is extremely well-connected by underground and bus services to the West End, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. There are now 5 buses powered by hydrogen fuel on the route RV1 between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway Station. Transport for London provides information on how to travel around the capital by all forms of public transport (including the boat services along the Thames), free local cycle guides and information on six walking routes, including the Capital Ring and the Thames Path.

Outside the station you can hire a bike from one the city’s many bike hire docking stations. They work on a self-service basis and are available 24 hours a day all year-round. Casual users just walk up and use a credit or debit card – just follow the simple on-screen instructions to collect a 5-digit release code that will unlock the bike. It costs from £1 an hour to £50 for 24 hours. The bike is free if returned within half an hour.

>> For tips on where to eat, sleep, shop & visit: 
Greentraveller's Guide to London

 
Book a hotel near St Pancras
 

Option 2: via Nice and Paris

Sample itinerary: Take the afternoon/evening ferry from Corsica and arrive in Nice in time to bed down for the night before catching the 0933 to Paris, arriving at 1519. Then head to Gare du Nord for the 1713 Eurostar and arrive in London at 1829.
Price: Trains to Nice cost from £111 return. Ferries from Nice to Calvi cost from around £60 return.
Leg 1: Calvi to Nice (ferry)

There are between 1 and 7 ferry services a week, run by Corsica Sardinia Ferries and SNCM. (Summer departures are often around 1500 for Corsica Sardinia Ferries and 1730 for SNCM).

For full, up-to-date timetable information, see www.corsica-ferries.fr or www.sncm.fr.
Frequency of service: Up to 7 crossings per week
Operator:

Corsica Sardinia Ferries / SNCM

Journey time: From 4 hours
Transfer If you don't have heavy bags to carry, head west past the Vieux port and around the headland, then up the main Avenue Jean Medecin to the main station (Nice-Ville). Alternatively, take a taxi, or bus number 30 (direction Gare SNCF).

Long hop

Transfer time: Allow 1 hour
 
Book a hotel near Nice Ville train station
 
 
Book a stopover hotel near Nice Port
 
Leg 2: Nice Ville to Paris Gare de Lyon

Trains leave at 0635, 0933, 1035, 1635, 1735.
Frequency of service: From 5 a day
Operator:

TGV

Journey time: From 5 hrs 35 mins
Transfer

A relatively quick train trip from Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord. Follow the signs for RER ligne D (which will be signposted 'direction Creil' or 'direction Orry La Ville Coye'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Lyon to Gare de Nord and takes a little over 10 minutes, but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer, and don't forget the 30-minute check-in for Eurostar.

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 mins.
 
Book a hotel near Gare de Lyon
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
Leg 3:

Paris Gare du Nord to London St Pancras International in the heart of London. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0643 (Mon), 0713 (Tue-Sat), 0813 (Sun).

Last train departs 2113 (every day).

Frequency of service: 18 trains a day (Mon-Fri), 19 trains a day (Sat) and 20 trains a day (Sun).
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 12 mins
Destination

Welcome to London! St Pancras International now has lots of lovely shops, restaurants and gastro pubs... and free wifi throughout the station. If you're planning to stay in the capital, there are over 60 hotels within a one mile radius of St Pancras - see Hotels near St Pancras Train Station.

From St Pancras, there are mainline rail connections to Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, as well as First Capital Connect trains on the cross-London Thameslink route which continues north as far as Bedford or south to Gatwick Airport and Brighton.

Across the street is Kings Cross station, which has rail connections to the north of England and Scotland, and it's a 15-minute walk (in the opposite direction, heading west) to Euston Station for connections to the West Midlands, the West Coast (including Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester) and Glasgow (including the Scotrail sleeper service).

Getting around London: London St Pancras International is in the heart of London and is extremely well-connected by underground and bus services to the West End, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. There are now 5 buses powered by hydrogen fuel on the route RV1 between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway Station. Transport for London provides information on how to travel around the capital by all forms of public transport (including the boat services along the Thames), free local cycle guides and information on six walking routes, including the Capital Ring and the Thames Path.

Outside the station you can hire a bike from one the city’s many bike hire docking stations. They work on a self-service basis and are available 24 hours a day all year-round. Casual users just walk up and use a credit or debit card – just follow the simple on-screen instructions to collect a 5-digit release code that will unlock the bike. It costs from £1 an hour to £50 for 24 hours. The bike is free if returned within half an hour.

>> For tips on where to eat, sleep, shop & visit: 
Greentraveller's Guide to London

 
Book a hotel near St Pancras
 

Your route back from Corsica

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.