Making a connection
When travelling from the UK, you first take a Eurostar train to Paris, Brussels or Lille. If you wish to continue your journey beyond these cities, you’ll need to make a connection.
How to MAKE A CONNECTION
If your journey requires you to make a connection, it means that you have to change onto another train at some point.
Your connecting train may leave from the same station that you arrive at, so you would simply head to another platform. This applies to some connections in Lille, for example.
In some cases, the train you need may depart from another station in the same city. If it’s not within walking distance, it’s usually a short ride away on public transport or in a taxi. Eurostar connections in Paris, for example, often depart from one of the city’s other major stations.
Just to be safe, we suggest that when transferring between trains you should allow:
- 30-45 minutes – to change trains within the same station.
- 60-90 minutes – to change trains between two stations.
If your journey involves a change of trains, you can book each section separately. In this way, you can choose to spend more (or less) time somewhere en route to your ultimate destination. You may also find lower fares or more ticket options when booking in stages. This is because some tickets may have sold out on a particular connecting train.
Making a CONNECTION IN PARIS
Paris’ Gare du Nord is the main hub for Eurostar services direct from the UK. If you’re catching a connecting train into France or beyond, chances are you’ll need to change stations.
Below are our recommended transfer times when connecting between stations in Paris.
Gare du Nord
Allow 20mins to transfer from the Eurostar platform to the Metro station.
Allow 1hr 15mins to transfer from the Eurostar platform at Gare du Nord station.
Gare de Lyon
Allow 45mins to transfer from the Eurostar platform at the Gare du Nord station.
Gare de Bercy
Allow 1hr to transfer from the Eurostar platform at Gare du Nord station.
Allow 45mins to transfer from the Eurostar platform at Gare du Nord station.
Gare Saint Lazare
Allow 45mins to transfer from the Eurostar platform at Gare du Nord station
Gare de l’Est
Allow 30mins to transfer from the Eurostar platform at Gare du Nord station
Charles de Gaulle
Allow 1hr 30mins to travel to and from Charles de Gaulle to Gare du Nord
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