Living in the UK, it’s far too easy to take European travel for granted, let alone Eurostar. We’re blessed with being able to nip off to places like Belgium or France for a weekend jaunt. It wasn’t until I returned from my trip to Paris that I realised how many people haven’t discovered one of the easiest, stylish and not to mention, ridiculously affordable ways to travel. I guess I kind of assumed that everyone knew about Eurostar. After all, they’re celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year. Twenty years, can you believe it?!
As Eurostar is celebrating the occasion with their #BetterCloser campaign, I thought I’d bring you closer by sharing seven reasons why you should try it.
♥ Schedules that Suit
There are regular trains throughout the day meaning you don’t have to put up with a completely inconvenient time to travel (like you do with some flights). Travel early morning, mid morning, lunchtime, late afternoon…get the idea?
♥ Weekend Travel
With Eurostar, it’s just far too easy to squeeze a bit of travelling in even when your annual leave allowance is drying up. You can leave straight after work on a Friday and (reluctantly) be back in time for work on the Monday morning.
♥ Reliable Travel
In all the times I’ve used Eurostar I’ve never experienced a delayed train. I’ve always made it back to work in time, even when I’ve travelled straight from Paris right into the office. It means you can eek out every last drop of that city break.
♥ Speedy Check-In
Unlike the airport you don’t need to arrive two or three hours before your departure time. You still have to check-in by scanning your ticket, showing your passport, sticking your stuff through the security scanner, but they can do all of this even if you arrive thirty minutes before your train. This is especially handy if you’re going on one of the early trains. Every morning Z counts!
♥ Upfront Fees
You can easily see the different prices based on times, dates, and even class of travel via the Eurostar website. It makes it really easy to find the cheapest options and with return trips costing as little as £69, sometimes even £59, it’s too cheap not to go.
♥ Speedy Travel
Contrary to what some of my nearest and dearest thought, it doesn’t take an age to get to Paris, you don’t see the sea from the carriage and it doesn’t feel any different to a regular train. Nope, you just sit back and relax (especially if you’re in standard premier or business – you’ll even get glossy magazines and breakfast). In just after two hours you can be right in the centre of Paris. You simply walk off the train in minutes and begin your adventure.
♥ Beautiful Stations
Gare du Nord in Paris, St Pancras in London, Brussel-Zuid in Brussels – they all have one thing in common. They’re beautiful stations that welcome the Eurostar trains. Your exciting trip starts from the moment you arrive at the station, before you even get on the train. I have so many photos of the stations and can’t resist taking more every time I go again.
Have you travelled by Eurostar before? X