Eurostar has almost completed the new London home for its high-tech, fast-paced train system. Wednesday, November 14, 2007 sees Eurostar move from Waterloo to Kings Cross St Pancras.

On November 13, the last arrivals and departures to and from Waterloo International will come to a halt. Over night, Eurostar will be changing its location to St Pancras International – its new home. The new station is at a better site, right in the heart of London. It offers a faster Eurostar with enhanced connections through the United Kingdom and Europe. On average, Eurostar will be more than 20 minutes quicker to each place. For example a trip from the new St Pancras, London station to Paris will be 2 hours and 15 minutes compared to the current pace of 2 hours and 35 minutes. A journey to Brussels will go from 2 hours and 15 minutes down to 1 hour and 51 minutes and a ride to Lille, now 1 hour and 40 minutes, will be cut down by 20 minutes.

The Eurostar services project will expand in 2008 but for now the High Speed 1 line with its six underground lines and five train operators serving St Pancras, King’s Cross and Euston will do.

The new St Pancras station is located in London’s Zone 1. London Kings Cross hotels (or should that be St Pancras hotels?) are plentiful and tend to be on the budget end of the hotel price scale. From Kings Cross St Pancras you can get to most central London locations in only 20 minutes.

Eurostar also calls at brand new station Stratford International in the east of London. Hotels in Stratford London are scarce but we expect more to come with the new terminal and upcoming Olympics.