Greentraveller's Guide to taking the train from London St Pancras International Railway Station to Paris, France.
Journey Time: from 2 hours 16 mins
Sample timetable: Depart London 1.31pm, arrive Paris 4.51pm
Changes: None, it is a direct train
Frequency of Departures: 24/day
Carbon emissions: 4.1kg (flight would be 64.2kg)*
Car hire at Paris Gare du Nord: Yes
What's the journey like?
It's a direct train from London St Pancras International Railway Station to Paris Gare du Nord. 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 a fast and efficient way to travel from London to Paris, arriving in the centre of Paris in just over 2 hours.
Bienvenue à Paris! Paris Gare du Nord is one of the busiest train stations in Europe. It is the gateway to Northern France, has connections to Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands, and is also connected by metro and RER to the other mainline train stations in Paris for onward connections to the rest of France and beyond. The station is in the 10th arrondissement (district) of Paris near the Canal St. Martin and the historic Place de la République, which has many bars, restaurants and cafés. There are lots of hotels near Gare du Nord, these get good reviews: Hotels near Gare du Nord, Paris
Beyond Gare du Nord
From the exquisite elegance of the Place des Vosges to the gargoyles of Notre Dame and the gracious boulevards built by Haussmann, it would be implausible not to love Paris. It is, of course, a city big on romance and on urban chic. And these striking factors result in no small part from the great seam of inventive energy here. Paris continually pushes the boundaries of landscaping, architecture and civic engineering.
In 1889 Gustave Eiffel’s new ironwork tower was radical. Today such creative drive continues with a notably green theme. At Porte de Versailles, to the south west of central Paris, Le Projet Triangle is taking shape. A pyramid structure rising 200 metres, it is designed to optimise the generation of solar and wind power for use within the property.
Getting around Paris
From Paris Gare du Nord, you can take the metro to cross the city (there are 298 metro stations throughout the capital), as well as RER trains, which connect to many of the other main rail stations and Parisian suburbs. Just outside the station is one of docking station of the city’s successful self-service bike hire scheme known as ‘Velib’. The scheme allows you can pick up and drop off bicycles throughout the city at over 1,000 locations. You need a credit card to hire the bikes (a €150 deposit is held as insurance in case you damage or loose the bike), but it’s free to use the bikes for the first half hour; thereafter it costs €1 Euro for an additional 30 mins, 2€ for another 30 mins and €4 for every additional 30 mins after that.