If you look to the horizon on the left, you can just see the distinctive clock tower of Calais town hall.A handful of Eurostar trains call at Calais-Frthun, a few miles from Calais town centre, but others just start accelerating onto the French high speed line.Buy tickets direct from Eurostar at print your own ticket. Business Premier & Standard Premier = 1st class with drinks & meals. Tips on choosing a specific Eurostar seat Tips if you have to travel at short notice Buy special connecting UK train tickets Suggested hotels in London & Paris NEW: If you are happy booking shortly before travel - or actually need to go at short notice - and OK leaving the exact departure time up to Eurostar, there's a new Eurostar Snap option only sold on a special Eurostar mini-site, see the information below.Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train linking London with Paris, Lille & Brussels via the Channel Tunnel at up to 300km/h or 186 mph.Unlike conventional railways, the high speed line follows the contours of the land more like a motorway, and you will feel the Eurostar rising onto the hills and settling into the dips.The area of Northern France crossed by Eurostar is largely flat farmland, dotted with villages built around ancient stone churches.The Eurostar train is now running at its full service speed of 186mph (300 km/h), with traffic on the adjacent London-Dover M2 motorway almost standing still in comparison.Just 15-20 minutes after leaving London, the train crosses the most dramatic structure on the new high-speed line, the viaduct high over the River Medway.
A few Eurostars still call at Ashford International station, a major railway junction in east Kent, but most Eurostars now 'fly' over the town on a huge flyover, with the station way below you, the town centre to the left and the old Southern Railway Ashford works to your right.
Within a minute or two the Eurostar enters a covered bridge across the tracks leading out of the adjacent Kings Cross station, which becomes a long tunnel under east London taking the Eurostar east and south.
About 5 minutes after leaving St Pancras, you'll see a glimpse of daylight and the platforms of Stratford International station, only served by the domestic high-speed trains.
Anything up to back-pack sized will fit on the overhead racks above your seat.
The train manager makes his announcement that your Eurostar train to Paris is about to leave, the door alarm sounds and the doors then hiss shut.