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London St. Pancras International
After spending three days in London, we had reserved seats on the Eurostar to Paris, where we would spend the next few days for sightseeing. As this was my first time taking the Eurostar, I had done some research prior to the trip, and found out that they had recently acquired several new e320 trains. These trains appeared to be nicer and offered a more comfortable seating environment compared to the classic Eurostar.
London St. Pancras International -> Paris Gare Du Nord
Train: Eurostar e320
Train No: 9024
Departure: 12:24 pm
Arrival: 3:47 pm
Duration: 2hr 23m
The St. Pancras station looked relatively new and reminded me of an airport terminal. There were plenty of food options available, as well as several departure boards displaying the numerous train schedules.
We stopped by a cafe before check in to pick up some sandwiches and juice. Since we had purchased a standard fare, no food and drinks are provided for the two and a half hour ride to Paris.
We boarded our train after going through security and quickly stored our belongings in the luggage compartment. If you happen to have a lot of bags with you, I would definitely recommend trying to board as early as possible to secure a spot for your luggage, as they run out quickly. The seats are 2-2 and also have the occasional group of four seats where you can face each other with a small table in the middle. The e320 trains also come with on-board WiFi, but the speed was quite slow even for regular web browsing. The seats also recline slightly by having the seat slide forward instead of reclining into the space behind you.
The train left the station on time and had a quick stop at Ebbsfleet to pickup more passengers, before continuing onward to Paris.
The train also includes an on-board cafe where you can buy some food and drinks. If you do plan to get food here, make sure you go early since the cafe was quite busy throughout the journey, and it does take awhile for them to prepare food for you.
After eating and having a quick nap, we were approaching Paris Gare Du Nord station.
Taking the Eurostar was a really convenient option between London and Paris. Both train stations are easily accessible from the city center, and the two and a half hour ride across the countryside was a nice way to relax and enjoy the view. The coach car interiors felt really new and the seating was comfortable for the short ride. If you ever need to travel between UK and Paris, the Eurostar definitely gives you better flexibility and pricing options.