Eurostar Travel from London to Paris, Lille and Calais

Eurostar trains run directly from London to Paris in only three hours. Trains also stop at Lille which is becoming more popular as a weekend and short break destination and Calais. Catching a Eurostar at just after 8.15am from Waterloo easily gets you into Paris in time for lunch. If you're heading for Lille the journey time even shorter at only two hours.

Eurostar now also runs to Disneyland' Paris and in the winter to Bourg St Maurice for the ski resorts around Val d'Isere.

London

London to Paris takes approximately 4 hours by Eurostar.

Paris

Paris - said to be the most romantic city in the world... and certainly one of the most beautiful. The Eiffel Tower may have been seen as an eyesore when it was first built but today it is an icon for the city.

Most first time visitors will be surprised at how many images of the city they have absorbed already - Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and of course the Sacre Coeur.

One of the joys of the city is that the majority of these fabled sites are within walking distance of each other. Most travellers start from the stations, usually the Gare du Nord.

Lille

Lille is an impressive cosmopolitan mix of old and new, Lille's ambitious restoration has converted the old into new. Intricate 17th and 18th century facades have been restored and the narrow streets are as vibrant as they ever were.

Calais

If you've crossed by ferry or eurotunnel, it's amazing how different a place can be when it's so close. Calais has plenty to offer, you can enjoy the cultural heritage of traditional French restaurants and despite the town having been flattened in two 20th century wars, you can also find a lot of surviving glimpses into its fascinating past - if you know where to look.

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