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The inside of the tunnel isn't in anybody's waters, and the two nations have established an agreement on such matters, the Protocol concerning frontier controls and policing, cooperation in criminal justice, public safety and mutual assistance relating to the Channel fixed link. It provides for each state to exercise jurisdiction in "control zones" on each ...


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I was writing this while on infinite hold with Eurostar support, but they eventually answered and told me that they are phasing out youth fares but haven't yet updated the website. Meanwhile, they're priced the youth fares same as the adult fares. The representative also told me that youth fares were only a few pounds cheaper than adult anyway, so this ...


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French border police are present at St. Pancras, and process all passengers embarking on Eurostar services. French police is supposed to stamp passports except those of EU, EFTA, Andorran, Monaco and San Marino citizens, or persons holding article 10/20 residence cards. However, they often ignore stamping low-risk passports (US, Canadian, Australian, NZ ...


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The UK and France have different visa regimes. France is part of the Schengen Area and the traveller will require a Schengen visa to enter France.


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No. The reason it took so long for this route to appear was because the original Eurostar trains (e300/Class 373) don't support the new European standard in-cab signalling and automatic train protection system used in the Netherlands; nor do most units support the 1.5kV DC overhead electrification used on its conventional railways. However, now they have ...


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Updated As of May 2014, it works in both directions now! As this edit demonstrates, from somewhere under the channel :) Yes, you can! But currently until very recently, it was only in one direction... As detailed in this IET article from July 2012, Eurotunnel (who own the tunnel) have fitted leaky feeder aerials, base stations and repeaters to both tunnels,...


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There is a minimum checkin time for Eurostar trains, which is generally 30 minutes before departure (see below for details), but it does vary. Before listing the times, it's worth thinking a little bit about how the Eurostar checkin process works, as that explains why it is as it is. When you get to the station, you need to checkin with your ticket, either ...


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There are three main ferry routes to the Isle of Wight: Portsmouth-Ryde, Lymington-Yarmouth and Southampton-Cowes. Depending on where you want to go on the Island, that may be your biggest decider For all 3, you need to get to London Waterloo station to take the train. That isn't actually too bad though. From St Pancras, follow the signs to the underground (...


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Firstly, tickets. As covered in this Travel.SE question, unless you have a Lille-Brussels season ticket, you need to buy your Brussels-Lille or Brussels-Calais tickets several days out, and online. (Exact slightly complicated details in this answer) As Brussels Midi station, when checking in, there are now two checkin areas. The main (normal, long standing) ...


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No. To go between France and the UK by train, you need to cross the Channel Tunnel. Only three types of trains cross the Channel tunnel: Eurostar high-speed trains carrying passengers Eurotunnel shuttles carrying vehicles Freight trains The Tunnel will soon open to competition, but the other competitors are likely to be high-speed trains heading to other ...


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The Eurostar goes to St. Pancras International station in London. The Virgin Trains Pendolino service has a train to Manchester every 20 minutes, and takes about two hours. This leaves from Euston station, which is about ten minutes walk from St. Pancras. The public transport connections between the two stations are not very good, so I would generally ...


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The Eurostar arrives at London Kings Cross/St. Pancras. From there you can catch the midland main line (to Sheffield) or the east coast main line (to Newcastle and Edinburgh). If you wanted to go to Manchester you'd need to take the West coast main line from Euston (a 9 minute tube ride away). As long as you don't mind changing trains, the Eurostar is a ...


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The Eurostar rules for what is prohibited cover the case of knives Carriage Prohibited: Flick knives/gravity knives, lock knives and daggers, any knives with a blade over 3 inches/75mm in length (note that standard folding knives with a blade no greater than 3 inches/75mm long are permitted to be carried). So, you'll need to measure the blade on your ...


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It does depend what ticket you have, and who you're with. If you are delayed on another RailTeam service, the ‘Hop on the next available train’ (HOTNAT) feature means that you may not even need to rebook (depends on the station), but if you do it'll be easy. (Keep the ticket from the delayed service though!) If you bought a domestic ticket that included ...


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Regular tickets to Brussels bought in the Benelux (i.e. not the special Thalys, Eurostar, etc. international tickets) are typically marked as “Zone Bruxelles”. The English-language version only has a definition but the French-language website of the Belgian railways lists the following stations as part of the “Brussels zone”: Berchem-Ste-Agathe, Bockstael,...


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Yes of course!, you need a Schengen visa. The UK is not a part of the Schengen Area despite being a member of the European Union. Ireland shares the same opinion as the UK due to the Common Travel Area agreement between both. Thus, having a UK visa is not enough to travel to the Schengen Area and vice versa. You will still need to apply for a Schengen visa ...


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The controlling reference point for your question is the Juxtaposed Controls Agreement between the UK, Belgium, and France. This is the legal framework that allows French border police to operate at ports and various other departure points in the UK. The French border police act on behalf of Belgium. The part relevant to your question is... As a result ...


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You can buy a single ticket or a carnet of 10 tickets from the buffet. In 2013 there was a markup of around 10-20% and they only had carnets available. As of September 2015, the markup was around 50% (£15 @ 1.37EUR/pound, compared to €14.10 in Paris). They were also selling single tickets at about a 20% markup (£1.60 each - €1.80 in Paris). They sometimes ...


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Other answers have detailed what is going on with these tickets, let me explain why. These tickets are strange because of the so-called "Lille Loophole". Passengers from Brussels to Lille are making an cross-border intra-Schengen journey and therefore do not have to show their passport to travel. This means that people who are not entitled to travel to the ...


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TL;DR - These appear to only be bookable on the website, and must be booked more than 1.5 days before departure, but are a fixed amount as shown in the screenshot . These tickets are a little bit special, in many ways, and seem to be rather difficult to actually book. The prices are given on the Eurostar Belgian website (but not most of the other Eurostar ...


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In general, visa free entry only allows what is permitted on a standard visitor visa. According to Standard Visitor visa, you cannot "live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent visits". Although the chronology is not very clear, it appears the immigration officer decided your overall combination of number and duration of visits, combined with ...


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If you read French / have google translate handy, you can find the information you seek on the SNCF Stations page for Gare du Nord here. It even includes a photo! The key bit is: Localisation Station de taxis sur le parvis de la gare -> Cour des taxis Rue de Dunkerque The taxi rank is located near the Eurostar platforms, at the South West corner of ...


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No. The UK is not in the Schengen area (area without border checks) so you need a passport: Can I use my driving licence as an ID document at the border? NO - A driving licence isn't a travel document. You'll need a valid national identity card or passport. FAQs - Travel documents for EU nationals (NB: a UK driving licence is not the same thing as ...


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Turned out to be wrong as far as the specific case is concerned, but is otherwise correct All Eurostar services are subject to Juxtaposed border controls. That means you clear the UK border somewhere on the Continent (generally in France, except for Brussels where it's in Belgium), and hence you also exit Schengen there too. Depending on the station, after ...


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Not generally. There have been special exceptions, such as cyclists for promotional purposes, Top Gear Magazine driving it in an electric car, and behind the scenes tours for journalists. If your train happens to be involved in a fire or breakdown (more details on this incident), you could find yourself there, as the service tunnel exists for evacuation ...


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You can use a combination of "classical" trains and ferry. Take a local train from Lille to Calais. Walk or take a taxi to the ferry terminal. Cross the channel by ferry to Dover. Take a bus from the ferry terminal to the train station. Take a train to London (plenty of options). A detailed description with up-to date information is available here: ...


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There's a lot of handy info on the Seat61.com InterRail Pass page about this. Interestingly, much of it isn't positive about the InterRail discounted tickets... A couple of key bits to pull out (but you'll really want to go and read the whole thing!) Eurostar isn't covered .... The best and cheapest option is usually to forget your pass and buy a ...


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Yes, you can receive phone signals. Not because of good antenna design (a thick concrete wall can stop a phone signal, you have no chance through vast amounts of rock and seawater) but because they have installed repeaters the length of the Chunnel. Interestingly, it appears British phone users are being charged more than French to use the phone while in ...


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I'm afraid not. Eurostar's ticketing rules forbid this. From their FAQ: Can I board the Eurostar from a different station? (…) For journeys from the Continent to the UK, you will only be able to board the train from the station indicated on your ticket. Starting from the UK, if you have a ticket from London, and your train calls at Ebbsfleet or ...


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Following on from Grzenio's answer From Portsmouth there are 3 ways to get to the Isle of Wight, the easiest is the WightLink FastCat, the terminal for this is at the end of the platform at Portsmouth Harbour station where most Portsmouth bound trains terminate. This goes to Ryde Pier and takes around 22 minutes. There is also a WightLink car ferry that ...


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