PARIS – Gare du Nord
If you’re taking the Eurostar from England to Paris, you’ll find yourself at Gare du Nord. Meaning “North Station” in French (but you knew that already, right?), this massive station is almost like the North Star to travellers visiting from abroad. With 190 million travellers taking trains in and out of the station every year, Gare du Nord is the busiest train station in Europe and the busiest train station in the world when you discount stations in Japan. That’s some serious traffic!
The station, which almost operates as a small city, was completed in 1864 and was designed by French architect Jacques Hittorff. Once at the station, it’s easy to transfer to the Paris Metro, hop on a bus, or board another train that will whisk you away to a domestic destination or another fantastic European city.
Going to Paris? Be sure to check out our tips for things to do in Paris which includes ways to navigate the city without knowing French!
Take the Eurostar from London to Paris for as little as £34.50 when you book in advance!
Paris Gare du Nord
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BRUSSELS – Brussels Midi
When you take the Eurostar to Brussels, you’ll arrive at Brussels Midi, the largest train station in Belgium. That station, which is about a twenty minute walk from the city’s centre, is also called Gare du Midi or Zuidstation in the multi-lingual Brussels. If you’re planning to travel internally, keep your eye out for these names as your tickets may use them rather than the more international Brussels Midi.
Once at the station, you can easily transfer to the Brussels Metro system. Plus, Brussels is in many ways the heartbeat of life in Europe, you can easily take another train from Brussels Midi and arrive at a number of terrific cities from Paris to Frankfurt, Amsterdam to Luxembourg in just a matter of hours.
Take the Eurostar from London to Brussels for as little as £29.50 when you book in advance!
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