Eurostar London-Paris-London at
Paris for Visitors
ABOVE: Two Eurostar trains in the
Gare du Nord, Paris.
- a first-hand report
saw the film Mission Impossible,
you've already seen Europe's "Chunnel" passenger train in action. In that movie,
Tom Cruise fended off a helicopter from the Eurostar's roof until the chopper blew up
inside the English Channel Tunnel.
Most Eurostar trips are less dramatic. More than two dozen high-speed electric trains
(based on French TGV designs)
connect London with Lille, Paris, Brussels, Avignon, the French Alps, and
the Disneyland Paris resort at
speeds of up to 300 km/h or 186 mph.
Travel time can be as little as 2 hours 15
minutes between London and
Paris, or 1 hour 51 minutes on the London-Brussels route. (Trains that stop at
Ashford, Lille, and other stations take a few minutes longer.)
A few points worth noting:
Eurailpass isn't valid on Eurostar. However, you'll get a discount of
about 20% off the standard fare if you have a Eurailpass, Europass, France Railpass,
BritRail Pass, or Benelux Tourrail Pass.
Le Shuttle, the train that carries automobiles
under the English Channel, uses the same tunnel as Eurostar but is a separate service. For
more information, click the links under "Le Shuttle" on page
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