ESSENTIALS AND TIPS

Eurostar

Eurostar TrainI have been traveling to and from London and Paris for years and years and it is some of the most relaxed traveling ever. The Eurostar leaves from the center of one capital and arrives a mere 2 hours and 15 minutes later bang in the middle of the other capital city. I would sometimes just go from one city to the other for a night out!

Even now with 2 little travel buddies, it is still the easiest way for traveling… but there are a couple of tricks! Firstly there are two “kid friendly” cars — car 1 and car 18 at the extremities of the train, but it is only possible to book yourself into these cars if you book by telephone, not on the internet. Kid friendly does not mean much except that the seats are all grouped by 4 in those cars and there are changing table facilities. Most importantly, I don’t feel like I have to worry as much about a child running around or crying in those specific cars.

Secondly, be sure to get in line to board with plenty of time as the baggage storing space is very limited and whoever designed them did not take buggies into account.

Thirdly, I discovered something on my last journey: if the train is full and you can get the attention of the staff, there are a couple small cabins on the train that have about 3 seats in them and lots of storage space. It was fabulous — I was traveling alone with my 2 kids and a mistake on our tickets meant that my 2-year-old had been seated on her own 4 rows away from me. I spoke to a member of the board staff and after conferring with his colleagues I was whisked away to my own private cabin; it made the journey super easy! I highly recommend asking for it….

Happy travels!

– Emilie


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Comments (4)

Esther
July 15, 2008

Gosh, the same happened to me! I booked myself a seat in the family cabin with my 2 children but it was so busy I only had one seat for the three of us!!
So I got one of those private cabins as well – perfect – even the buggy fitted right in!


Courtney
July 15, 2008

That’s the problem with the Eurostar. You don’t have to buy your two-year-old a seat… so you don’t, hoping that there will be an open one next to you that he/she can sit in. BUT, if the train is busy, you’ll all be piled onto one seat. It’s always a trial, and good to know these secrets….

But yes- the Eurostar is brilliant. I can get from my house (just 10 mins. from Eurostar terminal), to the center of paris in under 3 hours…. you can’t beat that!!


Michela
July 15, 2008

I love the Eurostar, it’s so modern but still the fact that it’s the best way to go from London to Paris (and Brussels) makes it so old fashioned…


Maraka
July 17, 2008

We have taken our toddler to both Paris and Brussels on the Eurostar this year, compared with flying it is a breeze.


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