No fly holidays

No Fly Holidays

If you don’t want to fly, on selected holidays you can take the train to the Continent.  Travelling by rail is a really easy way to start your holiday, with direct links from all over the UK to St Pancras International, where you’ll connect with Eurostar. Passengers are required to check in a minimum of just 45 minutes prior to departure and will then enjoy a speedy, comfortable journey to Avignon, Lyon, Paris, Lille or Brussels. Whilst on board you are free to move around the carriage and visit the two buffet cars, where you can purchase hot and cold drinks and delicious snacks, and choose from a selection of beers, wine and spirits. Passengers choosing a seat upgrade to Standard Premier will benefit from reclining seats and one complimentary light meal, plus one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic beverage.

UK Rail Holidays

Our very own green and pleasant land, the United Kingdom boasts a unique heritage and a fascinating history that is the envy of many other nations. Atmospheric castles, once home to legendary kings and queens, quaint villages, medieval towns and vibrant cities all thrive amid a glorious landscape. Discover wild moors, rolling hills, picturesque lochs, sparkling lakes, rugged mountains, chalk cliffs and a diverse coastline as you combine some of the world’s most exciting rail journeys with fantastic scenery.

Holidays featuring Eurostar

If you prefer to travel to your holiday destination from the UK by Eurostar, we have a fantastic range of holidays available.   Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train linking London with Paris, Lille & Brussels via the Channel Tunnel at up to 300km/h or 186 mph. Travelling by Eurostar means you can sit back, relax and watch the world go by from the comfort of your own seat.  It’s also a comfortable, spacious and sociable way to travel as you’re able to move around the trains.

St Pancras International
St Pancras was opened by the Midland Railway in 1868, as the London terminal for their trains heading north from London to Leicester, Nottingham, Derby & Sheffield.  It’s worth walking outside onto the street to view the beautiful station building, designed by Sir Gilbert Scott – this was originally the old Midland Hotel and is now renovated to a stylish modern 5-star hotel.

Europe's longest champagne bar
Before checking-in, why not visit Europe’s Longest Champagne bar which is 96 metres long on the upper level and positioned alongside the Eurostar platforms

Something to eat before you travel
There are loads of eateries, bars and restaurants at St Pancras.

Eurostar departures
The row of check-in gates is in a wide passageway opening off the main shopping lane on the lower level concourse, close to Marks & Spencer.

Free WiFi:
  There is free WiFi throughout St Pancras International station


Eurostar operates a check-in system and you must check in for your Eurostar train at least 45 minutes before departure. Check-in opens at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours before each train departure.  To check in, place your ticket barcode against the small scanner screen on the automatic ticket gates at the entrance to the departure lounge. Alternatively, you can go to a check-in desk where there’s usually staff.    After the check-in gates there’s an airline-style security check with X-ray for your bags and this is generally much quicker than at an airport.    After security scan, there's a UK and French passport check and then you're inside the departure lounge. Here, there are some shops, bar, cafe or other facilities until your train is ready for boarding, usually 15-20 minutes before departure.


Eurostar’s new trains are rolling into service on routes between London and Paris. With designer interiors, clever seat cushions, a host of eco-friendly upgrades, a new-look buffet bar, free wi-fi and on board entertainment, your journey is about to become even more comfortable.

Meet Eurostar’s New Trains
With sleek lines, designer interiors and a whole host of eco-friendly upgrades, Eurostar’s shiny new trains are now rolling into service on the London to Paris route.

In The Loop En Route
Eurostar has perfected every last detail, from clever seat cushions to smart technological touches. And with free wi-fi and entertainment coming soon, you’ll be able to stay online and in the loop, all the way.

Introducing Café Métropole
From fresh Lavazza coffee and flaky morning pastries, to warming meals, drinks and nibbles, there’s something for everyone in the new look bar buffet. So, if you get peckish en-route, drop by to order a drink or a bite to eat.

Please note: New train type cannot be guaranteed for all journeys.

Theres no weight restriction for your luggage on Eurostar, as long as you’re able to carry your own bags onto the train.  If you’re travelling with an adult ticket, you can take 2 pieces of luggage (up to 85cm long) including rucksacks and bags plus 1 small piece of hand luggage, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase.

Journey Times

Below are the travelling times on Eurostar trains from London St Pancras:

  • Paris (2hrs 16 mins)
  • Lille (1hr 22 mins)
  • Avignon (5hrs 49mins)
  • Lyon (4hrs 41 mins)
  • Brussels (2hrs 1 min)