Feeling badly for a city break to chill out? No need to rack your brain to find the ideal transportation mean. Without even leaving Europe, Eurostar trains will get you to Lille, Paris, Eurodisney or even Brussels where you could enjoy the pace of some of the nicest European cities. Just need to pack and Eurostar will do the rest…
An extended network
Ideal for the business traveller in search of efficiencies and quickness, Eurostar trains can also offer the leisure traveller the city break of its life in the French capital through its Paris-London journey.
Of course, it could take more than a year to explore all the nicest spots in Paris. But, if you are just visiting for a few days, do not miss sunset on the steps of the Sacré Coeur or the elegant Eiffel tower.
Shopping in Paris is also a must that you cannot avoid during your London-Paris trip: just go and explore the finest clothes in the big Parisian department stores like Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps or even les Champs-Elysées and take back some unforgettable souvenirs on your way back home.
Just 35 minutes away from Paris, you could also enjoy the rides of Disneyland Paris. But if you want to avoid the City of Love and go straight to Eurodisney, you could board a Eurostar Disneyland train. Pretty sure the kids would be happy to play with one of the 50 attractions located in this amazing 55 hectares site theme park.
Of course, Brussels, capital of Belgium, is very much linked today with the European commission. But a London-Brussels trip via Eurostar could open a very different perspective. Why not visit the Mont des Arts where you could find the Royal Museums of Art and History and the Palais de Beaux Arts - Bozar which hosts concerts and exhibitions?
An artistic Eurostar Brussels trip would also involve a visit to the Museum of Musical Instruments – MMI – and also the Magritte museum where you could plunge into the surrealistic art of this major Belgian painter. Tintin lovers should also pay a visit to the Tintin shop, located very close to the famous Manneken-Pis statue. And if you really want to know everything about your favourite comic book hero, just pay a visit to the Belgian Comic Book Centre.
On your way to Brussels on a Eurostar train, you could even make a stop in Lille, the capital of Northern France. You will be amazed to discover the young and cultural vibe of this city, whose Flemish influence is particularly striking.
Shops in Lille are not to be overlooked and more particularly, the famous Furet du Nord bookshop, the largest in Europe with no less than 7000 square metres of space dedicated to books. And if you feel like just having a stroll in the nice town of Lille, do not miss the Hôtel de Ville, with its belfry which at 104 metres is the tallest in Europe.
The convenience of one or more passes
Before getting on-board your Eurostar train, it is worth knowing that you will be offered three different types of tickets: a fully flexible ticket is exchangeable and refundable before and after departure. You could also go for a semi-flexible ticket, which you can exchange by paying difference in price with next available fare in same or higher class of service, and a fixed fee.
And if you’re pretty sure about your dates of travel, you could even purchase a value ticket that will be non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
Passholders fares are also valid when travelling by Eurostar in both Standard Premier & Standard class if you carry one of these passes: a Eurail Global Pass; a Eurail Select pass including France, a Eurail Benelux Pass; a France Rail Pass; a BritRail Pass; BritRail Pass + Ireland or a BritRail England Pass and finally a BritRail London Plus Pass.