Are you thinking about taking the Eurostar to Disneyland Paris? In this guide, we round up all our best tips for travelling by Eurostar to Disneyland Paris with information on time, costs, best stations and more to help you plan your Disneyland Paris trip.
If you are looking at visiting Disneyland Paris from London, or the UK more generally there are lots of options for getting there. From flying to driving, from Ferry to Eurostar, there is not one right answer for travellers. But in this guide, we will look at Eurostar in depth.
In this guide you will learn:
- Whether there are direct trains to Disneyland Paris,
- the best station to travel to for value for money, time, booking windows and more
Is there a direct train to Disneyland Paris?
Whenever we get questions on our blog or in our Disneyland Paris Facebook group about Eurostar, undoubtedly the first thing people ask is “is there a direct train to Disneyland Paris?”. And unfortunately, the answer is no.
There used to be a direct Eurostar to Disneyland Paris however this was discontinued in June 2023 with the company citing Brexit and Covid as the reason for the cancellation. And with no signs of this service being started again travellers from London to Disneyland now have to change to complete their journey. However, there are a couple of options to consider.
How to get the Eurostar to Disneyland Paris
Now the most well-known option for getting to Disneyland Paris via Eurostar is to take a direct train to Paris Gare Du Nord and then transfer to the park either by local RER trains, TGV or private transfers.
However, there is a second option and that is to transfer at Lille and then head into the park so which is better for you?
Below we will look at the pros and cons of each including:
- cheapest trains
- most frequent trains
- transferring into the parks
- booking windows and more.
Eurostar to Paris Gare Du Nord for Disneyland Paris
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This is definitely the most popular route for those travelling to Disneyland Paris from London and it definitely has its advantages. For instance, the sheer volume of trains that are heading from London to Paris mean that you can make travel arrangements that really suit you and your travel itinerary.
Also, you can book these tickets 12 months in advance of travel which is great when you want to nail down your travel plans. And also given the frequency of these trains and the large booking window you can often get good deals on tickets.
However, this option may not be for everyone. Once you get to Gare Du Nord you are going to have to make separate onward travel arrangements to get to the park themselves.
Now don’t panic there are actually lots of options for travelling to Disneyland Paris from Gare Du Nord including TGV, RER, Magic Shuttle and private transfers. And if you are willing to transfer by RER you will find this a really cost-effective and budget way to travel to Disneyland Paris however if you are not a confident traveller you may be worried about making this onward journey which is where Lille may be a better option.
Eurostar to Lille for Disneyland Paris
Now what many people don’t know is that grabbing the Eurostar to Lille is a great option for traveling to Disneyland Paris. However, like Paris, it also has pros and cons.
Whereas the trains to Paris are frequent and plentiful, the options to Lille are far more restrictive. This means you will have to make your travel arrangements around your Eurostar ticket rather than being able to make it at the most convenient time for you.
Also, the booking window for this travel is much shorter. Whereas you can book the Paris train tickets 12 months in advance, tickets to Lille can only be purchased between 3 -4 months in advance (as of the time of writing). This can be tricky if you are a person who likes to be organised and also means that the tickets are often more expensive.
Please note: that once at Lille you will transfer onto the high-speed trains run by SNCF.
However, by travelling via Lille, you actually can get more time in the park. Whereas you need to leave a few hours ahead of your scheduled train departure time to allow time for you to transfer from the parks to Gare Du Nord, as you get the train at Marne le Vallee to head to Lille, you don’t need as much of a lead in time.
Also, the connections at Lille usually give you a 30-50 minute window to transfer platforms. If there are no delays this is more than enough time to make the change via the escalators or lifts. But generally speaking, I would allow 10 minutes to make this change, maybe slightly more if you are travelling with lots of luggage and small children.
But speaking of little ones, if you are travelling to Disneyland Paris with toddlers or a baby, Lille can be a more stress-free transfer. Lille is much quieter than the bustling Gare Du Nord station, so is less of a logistical challenge if travelling with a stroller or luggage.
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When to pack for the Eurostar
So now you know everything you need for booking and travelling by Eurostar to Disneyland Paris we will turn our attention to what to pack.
Now we have a complete Disneyland Paris packing list and what to wear guide here, however in this section we will look at things you will want in your hand luggage for the Eurostar and luggage limitations.
For your Eurostar hand luggage, we recommend having to hand:
- Eurostar Tickets
- Travel insurance
- Credit and Debit Cards
- Phone Charger
- Power Pack
- Food and Drink
- Entertainment for your Kids
- Electronics / Screens with Headphones
But on top of your hand luggage, you may also want larger suitcases with you, especially if you plan on buying lots of souvenirs at Disneyland Paris. However, what surprises many people when travelling by Eurostar is that there are in fact some luggage restrictions to be aware of.
In Standard Class and Standard Premium, you are permitted to have 2 pieces of luggage and one piece of hand luggage. While in Business Class can have 3 pieces of luggage and one piece of hand luggage. And children, regardless of the class they are travelling in can have one piece of luggage.
For more information on luggage size and prohibited items please check out the Eurostar website for the most up-to-date information.
Other Tips for Traveling by Eurostar
So now you have the main overview for booking and packing for your Eurostar journey here are a few other tips that may come in handy:
On booking, Eurostar will advise on your check-in time. It is usually around 120 minutes / 2 hours before your departure time.
Food and Drink Options Onboard
If your ticket does not include food then be sure to grab some food in St Pancras. Some of our favourite places to pick up refreshments are Benugo, Pret a Manger and Marks and Spencer’s Food. There is food and drink available on board however the selection is limited which is why we buy in advance.
Travelling with Children on the Eurostar
If you have kids in your party, especially if you are travelling to Disneyland Paris with toddlers or babies it is worth noting that children under 4 travel free. This can be helpful if you are travelling to Disneyland Paris on a budget. However, these children will not be allocated their own seat so you will have to have them on your lap for the journey.
Please note there are also children’s rates available for those travelling with kids aged under 11.
And be sure to make your seat reservations once you have made your booking to guarantee that your party are seated together. Our preference is to get a table seat for our family of four.
Taking a Stroller on the Eurostar
And if you are travelling with a stroller/pushchair on the Eurostar please note that you will be required to collapse it and either store it in the luggage compartment or on the shelf if it is a compact travel stroller.
We hope you have found our Eurostar guide helpful but if you have any more questions please drop us a comment below and we will do our best to answer.