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Five top train journeys via Eurostar from London to Europe

Posted by at 04:53 on Thursday 13 May 2010

Let the train take the strain: the relaxing way to travel to the South of FranceLet the train take the strain: the relaxing way to travel to the South of France

Here's a selection of inspiring European destinations that you can easily reach by train from London:

London to Avignon (5h49)

There is a direct summer train to Avignon run by Eurostar (no need to change trains in Lille or cross Paris, as at other times of the year). Sit back and enjoy the fast train through the heart of France, past the gorgeous lavender fields of Provence and into Avignon station.

Journey time: 5 hours 49 minutes
Sample itinerary: Departs London St Pancras 0717, arrives Avignon 14:08 (operates from 10 July to 11 September)
Price: from £99 return

See our detailed itinerary: Train from London to Avignon  | Book your train to Avignon

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London to Toulouse (9h06)

If you're after an adventure holiday; maybe some climbing or mountain biking - Toulouse, the gateway to the Pyrenees Mountains, is a good choice. Take the train from London to Lille or Paris and hop on the TGV straight down to Toulouse.

Journey time: From 9 hours 6 minutes
Sample itinerary: Take the 0932 Eurostar from St Pancras to arrive in Paris Gare du Nord at 1247, then cross Paris to Gare d'Austerlitz to catch the 1410 TGV, which arrives in Toulouse Matabiau at 1942.
Price: from £111 return

See our detailed itinerary: Train from London to Toulouse | Book your train to Toulouse

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Arriving in Paris Gare du Nord just off the Eurostar. Photo: Anouk van den EijndeArriving in Paris Gare du Nord just off the Eurostar. Photo: Anouk van den Eijnde

London to Barcelona (17h overnight)

Who doesn't like Barcelona, a vibrant, cosmopolitan city on the beach with amazing culture and nightlife. Hop on the Eurostar to Paris in the evening and after a night in the overnight trenhotel, wake up in sunny Barcelona. Don't miss the restaurant carriage - it is a veritable fiesta, with Spanish diners seemingly eating and drinking their way from north to south, toasting the Spanish border with national wines.



Journey time:
About 17 hours
Sample itinerary:
Leave London St Pancras on the 1502 and arrive at Paris Gare de Nord at 1817. Catch the 2034 from Paris Austerlitz and arrive at Barcelona França at 0824 the next day.
Price:
from £202 return

See our detailed itinerary: Train from London to Barcelona | Book your train to Barcelona

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London to Geneva (6h40)

In under 7 hours, you will arrive in Geneva via Paris, in time to take a stroll along the lake or make your way to a nearby ski resort.

Journey time: 6 hrs 40 mins
Sample itinerary: 0802 from London St Pancras to catch the 1310 from Paris Gare de Lyon and arrive in Geneva at 1635 (or have lunch in Paris then get the 1504, arrives 1835).
Price: from £118 return

See our detailed itinerary: Train from London to Geneva | Book your train to Geneva

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London to Amsterdam (4h20)

Thanks to the new high speed line from Brussels to Amsterdam you can reach the Dutch city faster than it takes to go from London to Edinburgh. Just a quick platform change in Brussels and before you know it you'll be walking along the famous canals and sipping coffee in the vibrant Pijp area of the city.

Journey time: From 4 hrs 20 mins
Sample itinerary:
0827 from London St Pancras arrives at Brussels Midi at 1133 to catch the 1218 which arrives at Amsterdam Centraal at 1506 (or have lunch in Brussels and take the 1518, arriving 1806).
Price: from £116 return

See our detailed itinerary: Train from London to Amsterdam | Book your train to Amsterdam

Amsterdam's stunning canals. Photo: Earcos FlickrAmsterdam's stunning canals. Photo: Earcos Flickr

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