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Eurostar & Le Shuttle
If you 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 17 minutes between London and Paris, or 1 hour 52 minutes on the London-Brussels route. (Trains that stop at Ashford, Lille, and other stations take a few minutes longer.)
A handful of London-Brussels trains continue on to Amsterdam. You can also book travel between London and Amsterdam or Rotterdam with Thalys train connections in Brussels.
A few points worth noting:
Background information and photos:
Le Shuttle (car train):
Eurotunnel: Le Shuttle
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