Eurostar Destinations and Eurostar Connections
- By: lakshmi kadam
Eurostar is a Hi Speed Rail Service, which connects London (UK) to France and Belgium via the Channel Tunnel connecting hundreds of other European countries and cities. It starts from London (St Pancras International Station) and passes through Ebbsfleet International Station (UK), Ashford International Station (UK), crosses the channel tunnel, stops at Calais and then Lille. From Lille, it has two services, one to Brussels and other to Paris and Disneyland Paris Resort.
I have been traveling to UK for over a decade now every time wondered to visit France / Paris and other beautiful cities of Europe in Eurostar but it was only around a couple of years ago that I actually got the chance to travel in Eurostar. It is a great fun to travel in train which actually goes under water and with such a high speed. It is important for every traveler to do good research about choosing Eurostar to travel and knowing which all destinations he/she can travel to without changing the rail service.
Eurostar Direct Services are those places where Eurostar goes directly and has a stop and Eurostar Connections are connecting trains to other European or UK destinations from Eurostar destinations. I was always confused about these keywords and always asked staff or other travelers to know what it exactly meant and hence, I thought it better to put in here for common people to know that they should know about it and do good research before they book and travel in Eurostar.
Eurostar Destinations are London, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Disneyland Paris Resort and Ski (Alps). From these destinations, Eurostar connects to hundreds of other European destinations and these connections are to Netherlands (from Brussels to Amsterdam & Rotterdam etc), Germany (from Brussels to Cologne and Frankfurt etc), Switzerland (from Paris to Zurich & Geneva etc), Belgium (from Brussels to Bruges, Ghent etc), France (from Paris and other stations to all possible stations) and within UK itself (from London to Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool etc).
Hi Speed connecting trains in Europe are generally categorized in four kinds namely - Overnight Trains (such as Corail Lunea, Elipsos Train and City Night Line), Hi Speed Trains (such as TGV, ICE, Thalys, AVE Trains), Local Trains and Car Carriers Trains such as AutoTrain. In UK, Eurostar has a tie - up with around 10 UK train companies including Virgain Trains, East Angelia, East Midland Trains, National Express and First Capital Connect.
For all those, who want to have a quick look at France connections, here is the list - Angers, Agde, Agen, Aime la Plagne, Aix en Provence, Angoulême, Annecy, Antibes, Avignon, Belfort, Besançon, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Bourg St. Maurice, Brest, Caen, Cannes, Chalon sur Saône, Chalons en Champagne, Chambéry, Champagne Ardenne, Clermont Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Laval, Le Creusot, Le Mans, Les Aubrais/Orléans, Libourne, Limoges, Lorient, Lourdes, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Moutiers, Mulhouse, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Nîmes, Perpignan, Poitiers, Quimper Reims, Rennes, Rouen, St Pierre des Corps, St-Raphaël, Strasbourg, Toulon, Toulouse, Tours, Troyes, Valence, Vannes. You are recommended to take a good map of the places you are planning to visit which will be ready reference to your journey.
The beauty of all this vast network is that you can book all your tickets just from Eurostar website. The only point you should keep in mind is that you must plan your entire itinerary well in advance and you should keep minimum chances of any changes. Once you have planned, you can book all your tickets, hotels and rail cards etc from one website. I will try to write more about what all attractions you can visit in Europe in my coming articles.
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Lakshmi Kadam is a known author & has written on topics including travel & tourism. She has travelled extensively & covered various EuroStar Destinations(http://www.londonparistrain.com/eurostar-destinations.html). Please Visit London Paris Train(http://www.londonparistrain.com/) for more information.