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Routes in France

 
 
London to Toulouse via Paris or Lille
From 9 hours 6 minutes

The university town of Toulouse, known as 'La Ville Rose' for its dinstinctive pink buildings, is the gateway to the French Pyrenees.

France’s pink city (la ville rose) has a unique character, sunny and Spanish-flavoured, it’s a world away from much of the rest of the country. A largely unsung destination, its bustling historic centre is lined with warm brick buildings, in every shade of red, pink and ochre. Its many squares buzz with life and it is littered with architectural gems, including a grand main square (Place de la Capitole), Europe’s largest Romanesque church, a lovely waterfront, and numerous hôtels particuliers, or merchants’ palaces. Now France’s fourth city, Toulouse is forward-looking, metropolitan, and dynamic, with a huge student population: and it has a busy bar, restaurant and art scene to match. Immerse yourself in its lifestyle, wander its museums, and linger over its hearty cuisine: Toulouse has a lot for you to enjoy.

 
 
 
 
London St Pancras International to Pau via Paris
From 8 hours 40 minutes
 
 
 
 
London to Grenoble via Paris
Grenoble to London via Paris
From 6 hours 10 minutes
 
 
 
 
London St Pancras International to Nice via Paris (day or sleeper) or Lille
From 8 hours 50 minutes

Taking the sleeper train is worth it just to be woken up by the sun as you hit the Cote d'Azur. Wake up early so that you can follow the coast as the sun comes up, admiring the rich and famous' back gardens as you head to Nice.

The Grande Dame of the French Riviera, Nice enjoys a fine, sunsoaked Mediterranean climate and spectacular setting between the Alps and the sea. The famous sweep of its Baie des Anges has been drawing tourists for centuries and it is still a prime spot to come and experience the highlife of ritzy hotels, chic bars, fine dining, gambling, sunbathing and more. But Nice isn’t all glamour: it has a rich history and cultural heritage, boasting everything from Roman ruins to museums of the work of Matisse and Chagall; the old centre is well-preserved and atmospheric, and it is very much a bustling, diverse, 21st century port city. When you’ve had enough of city life, you can head to the spectacular beaches that spread out in both directions along the coast.

 
 
 
 
Direct from London St Pancras International to Lille Europe (also known as Lille International)
From 1 hour 22 minutes

Eurostar travels direct from London St Pancras to Lille Europe station from where it's about a 500m walk into the city centre. On board Eurostar, there’s a bar-buffet carriage that sells a range of hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including champagne, as well as snacks and wholesome, hearty dishes. For those with standard premier tickets, light refreshments are served at your table, including a fresh, light, healthy meal, tea, coffee and soft drinks, and a glass of wine or beer. It’s about 30 mins from London to the Channel Tunnel, then, after about 20 minutes, you emerge for the quick onward journey through the beautiful countryside of northern France to Lille.

 
 
 
 
Direct from St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord
From 2 hours 15 minutes

Eurostar travels direct from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord station in the centre of the city. On board Eurostar, there’s a bar-buffet carriage that sells a range of hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including champagne, as well as snacks and wholesome, hearty dishes. For those with standard premier tickets, light refreshments are served at your table, including a fresh, light, healthy meal, tea, coffee and soft drinks, and a glass of wine or beer. It’s about 30 mins from London to the Channel Tunnel, then, after about 20 minutes, you emerge for the quick onward journey through the beautiful countryside of northern France into the heart of Paris. This direct service is the fast and efficient way to travel, and when you arrive in the centre of Paris in just over 2 hours. Here's a video about the trip from the Man in Seat 61:

 
 
 
 
London St Pancras International to Lyon via Paris or Lille
from 4 hours 57 minutes

>> Eurostar now operates a direct service to Lyon all year round (as well as Avignon and Marseille), which means you don't have to change trains in either Lille or Paris. If you prefer to go via Lille or Paris, you can still catch a train via these cities... see the info below.

 
 
 
 
London St Pancras to Chambery via Paris (day or sleeper)
From 8 hours.
 
 
 
 
London St Pancras International to Marseille via Lille or Paris
from 6 hours 15 mins

>> Eurostar now operates a direct service to Marseille all year round (as well as to Lyon and Avignon), which means you don't have to change trains in either Lille or Paris. If you prefer to go via Lille or Paris, you can still catch a train via these cities... see the info below.

 
 
 
 
From London St Pancras to Avignon via Lille or Paris
From 6 hrs 1 minute

For an even quicker service to Avignon, there is a direct Eurostar service from LondonAvignon, gateway to Provence, is an atmospheric mediaeval city of honey-coloured buildings and winding streets, crowned by the dramatic Papal Palace. Its compact centre nestles between intact city walls, and the famous bridge still juts halfway out into the Rhône. This is the dream of France – quiet squares to relax in a café, delicious provençal cuisine, fine local wines; and many a place to buy a baguette and wander around the ancient streets – with all the joys of Provence on the doorstep.