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This high-speed rail service places Europe well and truly on your doorstep, with direct links from London to France and Belgium via the Channel Tunnel.

It’s an incredibly quick and easy way to travel. Check-in closes just 30 minutes before departure, you travel in comfort from city centre to city centre, there’s no waiting for baggage reclaim, and you can easily connect with over 100 other destinations once you’re there.

Most of our European holidays by rail include return Standard Class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras International. This is also available on many of our river cruises, with onward rail travel and transfers to hotels/ships all included in the price.

And if you’re in the mood for an extra-special treat, you can travel in style by upgrading any Eurostar journey to Standard Premier Class.

Just give us a call on 01858 438 450 to discuss your preferences.

Convenience and comfort

  • Seamless ‘city centre to city centre’ travel
  • Up to 18 trains a day
  • Faster than flying, door to door
  • Fast and convenient check-in – just 30 minutes
  • Comfort and space to unwind
  • Up to 80% less carbon dioxide emissions than flying

Fast journey times

  • London to Paris – 2 hours 15 minutes
  • London to Brussels – 2 hours
  • London to Lille – 1 hour 20 minutes

Standard Class

  • Check-in up to 30 minutes before departure
  • Choose your seats
  • Selection of food and drinks available at the bar buffet
  • Free luggage allowance of up to 2 bags*
  • Upgrades available

*At Arena rail Holidays we ask that your luggage consists of one small suitcase per person (you may find a case with wheels an advantage), plus light hand luggage. The weight limit is 15-20kg per person. Please bear in mind that you will need to carry your luggage throughout your journey. Alternatively, use our luggage concierge service which will deliver your luggage to your first holiday destination before you arrive – click here for details.

Your Seats

Travel in comfort

Choose the best seats for you when you travel onboard Eurostar and enjoy a smooth, easy and comfortable journey.

Where Eurostar is included in the holiday, this is in Standard Class; or you have the option to upgrade to Standard Premier Class and enjoy lovely little extras such as power sockets and complimentary drinks.

To request the seats of your choice, please contact one of our Holiday Advisors by calling 01858 438 494.


As you’d expect from a high-quality cosmopolitan train service, there are super options if you want to eat en route. Standard class has a fine buffet service, where you can purchase a range of food and drink from the two buffet cars located in carriages 6 and 13. And if you upgrade to Standard Premier Class, you can enjoy a meal served at your seat. You’re also welcome to take your own refreshments on board.

Standard Class

  • Hot and cold drinks, tasty snacks, meals and sweet treats are available to buy in the on board bar buffet Café Métropole

Standard Premier Class

  • Continental breakfast is served at your seat before 11am, which includes a selection of pastries, yoghurt, juice and fresh tea or coffee
  • Lunch and dinner are a choice of two main dishes and dessert with soft drinks, wine or beer, plus tea or coffee

Please note that meals are not served on journeys between Brussels, Lille and Calais.

For more details about what an upgrade includes please see the Upgrades page.


Treat yourself to an upgrade

All our holidays which include travel by Eurostar are based on Standard Class.

For an extra treat why not upgrade to Standard Premier Class and enjoy all this for just £75pp per journey (£150pp return). You can upgrade when you book online or by speaking to one of our friendly Holiday Advisors on 01858 438 450.

  • Dedicated coaches with spacious seats and power sockets.
  • A light meal served at your seat – choice of main course and dessert.
  • Complimentary hot and cold drinks served at your seat.

London St Pancras International

What’s on offer at St Pancras?

Eurostar’s stunning Central London station is a destination in its own right, with its newly renovated Victorian architecture and impressive range of shops, restaurants and bars.

It offers an enviable mix of independent and boutique retailers offering a range of quality products for the keen shopper. If you want to relax with a coffee or a meal before your onward journey there’s a plethora of bars and restaurants to choose from where you can settle down inside or outside and watch the people go by.

Or if you’re celebrating a special occasion why not enjoy a glass of champagne in Searcy’s Champagne Bar. There’s even a bureau de change if you need to pick up some last minute currency.