Eurostar Destinations and Eurostar Connections

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					Eurostar is a Hi Speed Rail Service, which connects London (UK) to France and
Belgium via the Channel Tunnel connecting hundreds of other European countries
and cities. It starts from London (St Pancras International Station) and passes through
Ebbsfleet International Station (UK), Ashford International Station (UK), crosses the
channel tunnel, stops at Calais and then Lille. From Lille, it has two services, one to
Brussels and other to Paris and Disneyland Paris Resort. I have been traveling to UK
for over a decade now every time wondered to visit France / Paris and other beautiful
cities of Europe in Eurostar but it was only around a couple of years ago that I
actually got the chance to travel in Eurostar. It is a great fun to travel in train which
actually goes under water and with such a high speed. It is important for every
traveler to do good research about choosing Eurostar to travel and knowing which all
destinations he/she can travel to without changing the rail service.
  Eurostar Direct Services are those places where Eurostar goes directly and has a stop
and Eurostar Connections are connecting trains to other European or UK destinations
from Eurostar destinations. I was always confused about these keywords and always
asked staff or other travelers to know what it exactly meant and hence, I thought it
better to put in here for common people to know that they should know about it and
do good research before they book and travel in Eurostar.
  Eurostar Destinations are London, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Disneyland Paris
Resort and Ski (Alps). From these destinations, Eurostar connects to hundreds of
other European destinations and these connections are to Netherlands (from Brussels
to Amsterdam & Rotterdam etc), Germany (from Brussels to Cologne and Frankfurt
etc), Switzerland (from Paris to Zurich & Geneva etc), Belgium (from Brussels to
Bruges, Ghent etc), France (from Paris and other stations to all possible stations) and
within UK itself (from London to Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool etc).
  Hi Speed connecting trains in Europe are generally categorized in four kinds namely
- Overnight Trains (such as Corail Lunea, Elipsos Train and City Night Line), Hi
Speed Trains (such as TGV, ICE, Thalys, AVE Trains), Local Trains and Car Carriers
Trains such as AutoTrain. In UK, Eurostar has a tie - up with around 10 UK train
companies including Virgain Trains, East Angelia, East Midland Trains, National
Express and First Capital Connect.
  For all those, who want to have a quick look at France connections, here is the list -
Angers, Agde, Agen, Aime la Plagne, Aix en Provence, Angoulême, Annecy, Antibes,
Avignon, Belfort, Besan?on, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Bourg St. Maurice, Brest, Caen,
Cannes, Chalon sur Sa?ne, Chalons en Champagne, Chambéry, Champagne Ardenne,
Clermont Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Laval, Le Creusot, Le Mans, Les
Aubrais/Orléans, Libourne, Limoges, Lorient, Lourdes, Lyon, Marseille, Metz,
Montpellier, Moutiers, Mulhouse, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, N?mes, Perpignan, Poitiers,
Quimper Reims, Rennes, Rouen, St Pierre des Corps, St-Rapha?l, Strasbourg, Toulon,
Toulouse, Tours, Troyes, Valence, Vannes. You are recommended to take a good map
of the places you are planning to visit which will be ready reference to your journey.
The beauty of all this vast network is that you can book all your tickets just from
Eurostar website. The only point you should keep in mind is that you must plan your
entire itinerary well in advance and you should keep minimum chances of any
changes. Once you have planned, you can book all your tickets, hotels and rail cards
etc from one website. I will try to write more about what all attractions you can visit
in Europe in my coming articles.
 Lakshmi Kadam is a known author & has written on topics including travel &
tourism. She has travelled extensively & covered various EuroStar Destinations.
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