There are plenty of ways to see some of Europe’s highlights, but if you’re hoping to explore parts of France, Belgium or the Netherlands, planning a trip on the Eurostar is a great option. This can be a good alternative if you’ve previously travelled by ferry but fancy a change, or you’re making your way to Europe by train for the first time.
Where Can You Go?
Eurostar’s list of destinations is pretty impressive. While it spans over several countries and dozens of stops, some of the key routes connect London to Europe. Why not visit the iconic and picturesque streets of Amsterdam or take in the changing architecture in Rotterdam? There’s plenty of places to stop in Belgium too with a direct route from London to Brussels, and you can then choose a second Eurostar journey to places such as the ever-popular Bruges. If a French adventure is on the cards, go straight to Paris, Lyon, Marseille or Lille, to name a few of the stops you can reach using the Eurostar.
UK Eurostar Stations
Once you know where you want to go, the next part is to find the best route to your destination. Not all places can be reached directly from the UK, but onward connections are usually really easy to do. Eurostar’s route planner is one of the easiest ways to work out your journey. Simply enter the station you want to travel from and where you’re visiting, and they’ll let you know everything from whether it’s a direct route, the cheapest price and the length of the journey. UK stations where you can catch the Eurostar include Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International (in Kent) and London’s St Pancras International.
Getting There on Time
When you miss a train under normal circumstances, you can usually just get on the next one. However, catching the Eurostar is a bit like having a plane ticket. You have a designated seat on your booked train, so it’s vital you get to the station on time. Not only that, but you should be issued with a ticket gate time limit, so leave plenty of time to get to the station, check in, go through security and board. One of the most reliable options to remove the stress out of your journey is to book a private minibus or coach to take you door to door.
After returning to the UK, the last thing most people want to do is jump straight on another train, especially when you’re swapping the relative comfort of the Eurostar for a stuffy, cramped carriage. Luxury minibuses and coaches are the ideal options to choose. Imagine your own private driver ready and waiting to take you home or to your chosen drop-off point (for large-scale transfers). Their spacious, comfortable seating is the perfect place to relax and unwind after your trip.
Booking a Eurostar trip?
Here at Mayday Travel, we provide services for all your private coach hire needs. We cover a wide area across London, Surrey and the South East, including Bloomsbury, Borough and Bow. Contact us now to book your Eurostar transfer.