Not a fan of flying? Or just wondering whether the Eurostar really is as convenient as it seems? Then this is the post for you!
As promised in my last post I am going to do a short review of my Eurostar experience based on the following categories:
I used the Eurostar about 2 weeks ago on my recent trip to Brussels. I must have been on it as a child over to France but I couldn’t remember.
And so, having no memory of what it was like made me a bit anxious ahead of my trip to Brussels so I hope this post can help a few of you out!
So lets get straight into it!
This was one of my main concerns. How easy would it be to find the train terminal? How much time did I need to allow to get through security?
Overall I have to say that I found it much easier than flying! Sometimes getting though the airport can be an absolute nightmare. It’s impossible to find the right gate and takes half a day to get through security (slight over exaggeration, but you know what I mean!)
I knew to expect a fair amount of security checks at the train station, and so I made sure we arrived around 45 minutes before our train was due to depart. And this was the perfect amount of time!
We had already printed out our tickets which saved time and we were able to go straight to security. Following security there was passport checks. I would say the end to end process took us about 20 minutes from arriving outside the Eurostar entrance at London st Pancras to sitting in the waiting room ready for our train!
So all good in terms of convenience, but what about…
I didn’t really go into the experience expecting much more than an average British train.
Because of this, I wasn’t disappointed. But you might be if you are hoping for luxury.
I have to say that the standard across the board (Eurostar trains) isn’t very consistent. The photo above was us on our way to Brussels. Where as the photo below is from the journey home. As you can see, they are totally different!
They were both comfortable and we were lucky enough to have a table both ways! Although, we were only able to connect to the wifi on the the way home. I assume this is due to our train back being far more modern. We were quite disappointed not to have wifi on our way to Brussels as it does say wifi is included in the ticket price. So just something to bare in mind!
So in terms of comfort, overall I would say it was average. It wasn’t an overwhelming experience, but equally, it doesn’t compare badly to most other trains and planes I’ve been on!
I personally think that Eurostar offer a very flexible experience. We chose the Eurostar over flying because of the fantastic availability on times.
As we live in Bristol, we were pretty limited on flights to Brussels and they also cost significantly more.
We decided it would be cheaper and easier to get the train from Bristol to London to then hop on the Eurostar straight over to Brussels.
The flexible timings meant that we were able to get an early train out and a late train home to really make the most out of our time in Brussels (more time to eat chocolate and waffles)
So in terms of flexibility, I really recommend the Eurostar.
So that’s it! And all for the sweet price of £80 return.
£80 may sound like a steal, but you can actually pay as little as £25 each way in you book in advance and don’t plan on going in the busy period!
I booked my tickets here.
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