London to Brussels by Eurostar High Speed Train


  1. Introduction
  2. London to Brussels by Eurostar
  3. Brussels to Cologne by Thalys
  4. Cologne to Berlin by ICE
  5. Berlin to Hamburg by ICE

    See Also

  6. Other Train Trips
  7. Model Eurostar
  8. Home


In June 2004 I made a two week visit to Europe, starting at Cambridge and then travelling to Brussels, Berlin and Hamburg by the Eurostar, Thalys and ICE high speed trains. Along the way and rode around several cities on a small folding bicycle.

This is a technical travelogue, in the style of my book Net Traveller.

Setting out from Kings College

Staying at Kings College was an interesting experience. The rooms were comfortable, but not luxurious. The staff has a quirky sense of humor. I asked "can you tell me about the trains to London" and the reply was "yes they are big carriages that run on metal rails". I expected them to then turn to a well thumbed timetable, but instead they printed out a web page.

Bicycle in bag on London tube

The hardest part of the trip was getting across London on the underground (tube) with a folding bicycle in a bag. There were many stairs to negotiate between three tube trains.

Boarding the Eurostar

The Eurostar was looking a bit tired and in need of refurbishment, compared to French and German high speed trains connected with in Brussels, but it is still fast and efficient.

Smart car at Brussels petrol station

European cities have a different scale. A Smart car, which looks ridiculously small in an Australia city looks normal at a tiny Brussels petrol station.

Next: Brussels to Cologne by Thalys

Models of the Trains:

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