Has anyone been on the Eurostar?

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    Oct 16, 2016 11:03 PM GMT
    A couple of weeks ago I completed the Eurostar train journey From London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord, and back again two days later.
    Classed as a High Speed train (or HS1), its full cruising speed is 186 mph 300 km/h, except when passing through the 31.4 mile 50.5 km Channel Tunnel under the seabed. Then its cruising speed is only 100 mph 162 km/h to allow ample time for the Shuttle trains which shares the tunnel. The duration of the fast, non-stop journey from terminus to terminus is 2 hours 15 minutes.
    To me the ride was a wonderful experience, an example of superb civil engineering.
    Has anyone on this site been on the Eurostar train? Or planning to go in the future?

  • Oct 16, 2016 11:08 PM GMT
    Yes, I tried it back in April and loved it. Much better than having to go through the hell that is Heathrow.
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    Oct 17, 2016 12:13 AM GMT
    I hope to some day. How much is it one way?
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    Oct 17, 2016 10:06 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI hope to some day. How much is it one way?


    Totally depends on the date and time. Cheaper if you go either very early in the day or very late, typically.

    It's definitely a better way to travel London-Paris, than flying.
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    Oct 17, 2016 7:22 PM GMT
    By typing in "Eurostar" on Google or other search engines, its official website will come up. On it will give train departure times, prices, seat availability, and journey duration and destinations.
    I have used this site to book my seat. But do be warned: Eurostar is very popular, and trains fill up weeks, even months in advance. I had to book my seat nearly five months in advance. On the other hand, you may be lucky that a cancellation has made a seat, or a couple of seats, available with a couple of days before travel.
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    Oct 18, 2016 6:16 AM GMT
    I did a European trip seven years ago and went from London to Paris to Barcelona to Florence and back to London. I loved the Eurostar train because people were friendly and talking. It was easy to talk to people from different countries.

  • Oct 18, 2016 1:28 PM GMT
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    Lumpyoatmeal saidI hope to some day. How much is it one way?


    Totally depends on the date and time. Cheaper if you go either very early in the day or very late, typically.

    It's definitely a better way to travel London-Paris, than flying.


    I paid around 150 for the entire trip outbound and inbound. I don't know how much that is in your currency though.
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    Oct 19, 2016 4:23 AM GMT
    NotThatOld saidA couple of weeks ago I completed the Eurostar train journey From London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord, and back again two days later.
    Classed as a High Speed train (or HS1), its full cruising speed is 186 mph 300 km/h, except when passing through the 31.4 mile 50.5 km Channel Tunnel under the seabed. Then its cruising speed is only 100 mph 162 km/h to allow ample time for the Shuttle trains which shares the tunnel. The duration of the fast, non-stop journey from terminus to terminus is 2 hours 15 minutes.
    To me the ride was a wonderful experience, an example of superb civil engineering.
    Has anyone on this site been on the Eurostar train? Or planning to go in the future?


    I absolutely loved it! I took it to London from Paris when I went to go see Theo (Fable)
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    Oct 24, 2016 6:31 AM GMT
    I took the EuroStar from Gard Du Nord in Paris to Waterloo station in London back in 11/2006 Thanksgiving. I was over there in France for 2 weeks.
    Honestly I sorta fell asleep after like 20 minutes into it. It's a beautiful and calm drive. It went underwater from France to England. Anyway, yeah, When I got to London, ate some food at Waterloo and spent the whole day exploring London and then back to the return trip. It's a beautiful train and yes, the Immigration
    officers at the 2 countries were strict, lol until they saw my American passport. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 24, 2016 6:34 PM GMT
    It is the best way to get from England to the continent. Have taken it several times. Have also taken other TGV trains in France. Last year took one from Strasbourg to Paris. For the first 20 miles or so, it was only going about 80 mph. Then was surprised, as almost thrown back in my seat, when it suddenly accelerated to top speed (apparently when it got onto dedicated tracks). One really gets the sensation of speed when it goes past station platforms at top speed, or when it passes a train in the opposite direction, and it takes only about second and a half to do so.