As I mentioned in my previous post I recently headed off to Paris on my own for a few days (full post on my trip and what I got up to coming tomorrow so keep an eye out for that). As well as being my first solo trip, it was also my first time on the Eurostar, a lot of my friends and family have previously travelled on the Eurostar but it was just something that I’d never gotten around too. As I was travelling on my own I thought it would be easier to travel to Paris via train rather than fly, and I was not wrong! I arrived in Paris in just over two hours after a super easy check in and boarding process, plus you get extra baggage when travelling via Eurostar rather than by plain (which my makeup bag and clothes allowance was jumping for joy at!).
My train left Kings Cross just after 10 so I stayed in London the night before so I could get a good night sleep and breakfast before my journey. When I arrived at the station it was a little daunting as the station is so huge, however the Eurostar gates are so clearly sign posted it’s fool proof. I checked in (you only have to be there half an hour before which is so handy) and found a seat in the waiting area, internally squealing a little bit that I was off on my first solo trip.
On the way to Paris I experienced the ‘Standard Premier’ class (fares start from £189 return) – you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to upgrading from standard. I had a big roomy seat with a foot rest, a charging point so I could charge my phone on the way there, I had a table so I could set up my laptop and crack on with some work for the two hours. You also get a selection of magazines and a light meal during the journey too – it was such a comfy, pleasurable journey and I was arriving in Paris in no time.
Returning home to London I travelled in the ‘Standard’ class and I have to say it was great to experience travelling in both classes so I could get a feel for the value of the journey. Standard return fares start from £69 which I think is incredible value, the seats are smaller but still comfortable (similar to a national rail service), on the way back I didn’t have a plug socket or any refreshments but I’d eaten dinner before boarding so this wasn’t an issue for me.
I would definitely recommend travelling in the standard premier if you have the extra money to spare as you will always have a more comfortable journey but there is quite a price difference, if I was to return I think I would book a standard ticket as it’s such great value and the journey is just over two hours so it’s not long enough to really make a difference in my eyes as my journey to work everyday is around an hour and a half.
I absolutely loved travelling to Paris via Eurostar as it was just so easy and convenient, I will definitely be using the service again (I’m already planning my next trip to Paris with Rob so we can experience the city together!). Eurostar operates up to 18 daily services from St Pancras so there is always a convenient time to travel to fit around your plans, you can purchase tickets from Eurostar.com.
Have you travelled on the Eurostar before?
*A huge thank you to Eurostar for providing travel during my Paris trip, all opinions are honest and my own.