Your Guide to Taking the Chunnel: Paris to London

Your step-by-step guide to taking the Channel Tunnel between Paris and London

Have you ever heard of the Channel Tunnel, often called the "Chunnel"? It's an incredible feat of engineering that connects the United Kingdom with mainland Europe, running beneath the English Channel. Picture this: you're in Paris, and with a swift journey on a train, you find yourself in London in no time!

This marvel of infrastructure was completed in 1994 after extensive planning and labor. It consists of three tunnels – two for trains and a smaller one for maintenance and emergencies.

Traveling through the Chunnel is quite an experience. This tunnel has dramatically transformed travel between the UK and Europe, providing a faster and more efficient means of transportation while fostering stronger connections between these regions.

Follow these steps to ensure a stress-free journey between Paris and London! 

1. Plan ahead: Decide on your travel dates and times. Check the schedule for Eurostar trains, which operate through the Channel Tunnel between Paris Gare du Nord and London St Pancras International. You can check schedules and book your tickets by heading to, or simply have your travel advisor book your tickets for you.

2. Book Tickets: Make sure you purchase your Eurostar tickets in advance either online or through your travel advisor. Select the appropriate class (Standard, Standard Premier, or Business Premier). Standard is going to be your “economy” class, with food and drink available for purchase. Standard premier includes a light meal and drinks, more space in your seat and free magazines. Business premier includes hot meals with champagne, extra-spacious seats, fast-track tickets to your gates, and access to exclusive lounges in the train stations.

3. Arrive Early: I recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before your departure time at the train station. This allows time for security checks and boarding.

4. Check-in and Security: Head to the Eurostar terminal at the station and locate the designated check-in area. Show your ticket and identification (passport for international travel) for verification. You’ll then have to go through security screening similar to airport procedures, including baggage check, but there isn’t a limit on liquids!

5. Boarding: Once you’ve passed through security, head to the platform shown on your ticket. Eurostar trains are usually well-signposted, and there are plenty of staff available to help you! Board the train according to your class of travel and assigned coach.

6. Travel: Enjoy your journey! The trip through the Channel Tunnel takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Sit back and relax as you travel from Paris to London.

7. Arrival in London: When you arrive at London St Pancras International, disembark from the train and don’t forget to grab your bags! If you’re staying in London, follow signs for onward transportation options such as the London Underground, taxis, or buses.

8. Return Journey: If you're planning a round trip, follow the same steps in reverse when traveling from London back to Paris. 

Additional Tips: 

  • Keep your passport and ticket easily accessible during your journey as you may need them for various checkpoints. 
  • Check the latest travel advisories and entry requirements, especially if traveling internationally.
  • Consider bringing snacks or entertainment for your train trip. 
  • Consult your trusted travel advisor for help with booking and planning your trip through the Chunnel! 

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