To London by Train
High-speed Eurostar trains pass under the English Channel (Channel Tunnel) connecting London with the French cities of Paris, Avignon, Lille, Lyon and Marseille as well as the Belgium city of Brussels. The Eurostar trains travel at a top speed of 300 kph (186 mph) but slower through the Channel Tunnel at 160 kph (100 mph). The high speed trains are comfortable and the service efficient offering travellers short check-in times, quick boarding and above 90 percent punctuality.
St. Pancras International is the London terminal for the Eurostar trains and located in Central London. The terminal in Paris is at Gare du Nord and Belgium at Midi/Zuid Station. From the stations in Paris and Belgium, you can easily connect from many destinations in Europe to get to London on the Eurostar. You can make a single booking boarding the conventional trains from Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Schipol in the Netherlands and then transfer to the Eurostar in Brussels.
Major Railway Stations
London is the hub of the rail network on the UK mainland with connections to many cities and towns across England, Scotland and Wales. The city has several railway terminals managed by National Rail and each terminal serves connections to different parts of the UK. The following are listings of London’s major railway stations:
- London Waterloo Station is the London terminal for the South Western Main Line to Weymouth (via Southampton), heading south and then west along the southern coast of England.
- London Victoria Station is the London terminal for the Chatham Main Line to the southeastern corner of England, Brighton Main Line to the southern coast of England and Gatwick Express to Gatwick Airport.
- London Liverpool Street Station serves the Great Eastern Main Line to Norwich, the West Anglia Main Line to Cambridge and the Stansted Express to Stansted Airport and Southend Airport.
- London Bridge Station serves Thameslink trains to Surrey, Sussex and Kent, trains from London Charing Cross to Kent and East Sussex and Southern trains to the southern coast of England.
- London Euston Station serves trains on the West Coast Main Line to cities and towns in the West Midlands, North West England, North Wales and Scotland.
- London Charing Cross serves the South Eastern Main Line covering South East England including Dartford, Gravesend, Gillingham, Hayes, Sevenoaks, Hastings, Dover and Ramsgate.
- London Paddington is the London terminal for the Great Western Main Line to Bristol in South West England as well as the Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect trains to Heathrow Airport.
- London King's Cross is the London terminal for the East Coast Main Line serving cities and towns in East England, Yorkshire, North East England and Scotland.
- St Pancras International is the London terminal for the high-speed Eurostar trains as well as the East Midlands, Southeastern and Thameslink trains travelling the eastern and southern region of England.
London Waterloo Station by Lewis Clarke
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