Zürich / Zurich to London by train

How to take a thrilling high speed rail journey from Zurich to London

Connect in Zurich when travelling by train to London from a swathe of Swiss destinations including Chur, Lugano, St Gallen and St Moritz.



From Zürich HB / Zurich main station to London St Pancras International

Travel Information

Take this route via Paris and you will need to make the transfer between the Gare De Lyon, where the Lyria train will arrive, and the Gare Du Nord, from where the Eurostar will depart.
The journeys with an end-to-end time of around 7h5 55min with this combination of Lyria and Eurostar trains allow around 1hr 32mins to make the connection across Paris.
The Lyria trains tend to reliable timekeepers and the transfer time should be sufficient to make the journey across Paris and to check-in for the Eurostar.

The alternative route

(2) A routing which is more than 2hr 30mins slower travelling via Paris is available, but it avoids having to make a transfer across the French capital.
It is also a good option for users of Eurail and InterRail passes, because it avoids the comparatively expensive fees which rail pass users have to pay on the Lyria and Eurostar trains.
It involves taking:

  • the 10:59 EC train from Zurich to Koln (scenic route)
  • the 17:41 ICE train from Frankfurt (Main) to Bruxelles-Midi
  • the 20:56 Eurostar from Bruxelles-Midi (1hr 20mins to make the transfer)
    Though this routing into the final connection of the day on from Bruxelles to London is dependent on making a 36 min transfer between trains at Koln Hbf.

Monday to Friday: 5 x connections per day
Saturday: 4 x connections
Sunday: 5 x connections

Change trains in: Paris

You will need to make the transfer between the Gare De Lyon, where the Lyria train will arrive, and the Gare Du Nord, from where the Eurostar will depart.


Book Early And Save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 4 months ahead

Trainline will also sell journeys with alternative combinations of trains; so take care when booking.

You're looking for the journeys with '1.correspon' that involve taking the TGV Lyria from Zurich to Paris.

The very cheapest tickets tend to sell out particularly quickly on this route; they're more likely to be available if you can travel on a Tuesday - Thursday and are happy to set off from Zurich in the morning.

Eurostar does not sell tickets for this journey.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trainline from €79 approx

Trainline Guide

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

Final Destination: Paris

Journey Features

High Speed (total journey)

Good to Know

Final Destination: London St Pancras

Some trains also call at: Ashford International or Ebbsfleet International (these station calls are currently suspended_

Note that London is in a different time zone to mainland Europe, it is one hour behind, so when looking at a timetable the journey will look as though it's an hour shorter.


Eurostar requests that holders of Standard Class And Standard Premier tickets check-in a minimum of 30mins before departure, and 45mins before departure on weekends and holidays.
It is up to you to allow time to pass through check-in and board the train.
If you have a Business Premier ticket, Eurostar recommends that you only have to check-in 10 mins before departure.

At Gare Du Nord the check in and waiting area for the Eurostar (the 'Hall Du Londres') is at an upper level, above the main concourse.
The access to this upper level is some distance from the voie/platforms/tracks that the Eurostars depart from.
The escalators leading up to Eurostar departures are located at the rear wall of the station building, on the opposite side of the concourse to voies/platforms/tracks 14 - 15.

Between Lille and The Channel Between Lille and The Channel
Crossing the Medway Viaduct on a grey day Crossing the Medway Viaduct on a grey day
The view of the Queen Elizabeth II road bridge The view of the Queen Elizabeth II road bridge

It's not a scenic journey, but it is a journey with distinct phases and highlights:

1: There is little to see from the high speed lines in France, particularly after Lille (the trains to Paris will rush through Lille Europe station).

2: The train will slow down as it approaches The Channel Tunnel.

Announcements are no longer made that the train is about to enter the tunnel.

The journey through the tunnel will take around 22 mins.

3: As the train nears Ebbsfleet International station, comes the scenic highlight of the journey - the crossing of the River Medway on a high bridge.

4: After Ebbsfleet International (which can only be seen from the right) the train will enter a tunnel under the River Thames.

As the train exits this tunnel, from the left, the Queen Elizabeth II road bridge can be seen.

5: For most of the final 8 -10 mins of the journey the trains use tunnels to enter London (Stratford International station is located between the tunnels).

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