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Eurostar Standard Premier Review: Between Paris & London

Last Updated on 15th June 2022 by Sophie Nadeau

Swiping your boarding pass, clearing security and boarding the train. It’s as simple as that when you choose Eurostar. Not to mention that you go directly from city centre to city centre when you travel by train. Here is a Eurostar Standard Premier review, as well as a complete look at my experience on the train!

Eurostar Standard Premier Review: a complete look at the experience

What is the Eurostar?

With high speeds topping 300 km/h, Eurostar is a high-speed railway line connecting plenty of cities in France, England and Belgium. All of its trains also traverse the Channel Tunnel, making the Eurostar trains one of the easiest ways to get between London and Paris.

Eurostar Standard Premier Review: a complete look at the experience

Travelling by Train: The Eurostar Experience

As much as I love flying (it makes me incredibly nervous, excited and brings back fond childhood memories all at the same time), something has got to be said for the convenience and ease of taking the train through Europe.

And the Eurostar ensures that you travel between some of London and Paris’ most central and largest train stations (Gare du Nord and St Pancras International), meaning that your onward journey is that much smoother (and shorter), as opposed to getting to and from the airport. City to city, the train takes less than two and a half hours.

Other benefits of travelling by train include being able to see the European countryside out of your window (side note: I had no idea that there were so many cute little churches in the French countryside!) and convenience (by the time you add up getting to the airport and waiting at airport security, train travel and travel by air take roughly the same time).

Eurostar Standard Premier Review: a complete look at the experience

Standard, Standard Premier & Business Premier: Which should I choose?

Onboard Eurostar, there are three kinds of seating; business premier, standard premier, and standard. Standard premier is a kind of ‘in-between’ with the same kind of seat that is offered in business class, but fewer offerings in terms of food and drink.

With Standard Premier, you also don’t get the extra frills of business premier such as access to the business lounge and speedier boarding. What you do get, however, is extra space, a meal and a couple of drinks which you would not otherwise get if you opted for Standard.

In Standard, you’ll find a slight step down from Standard Premier; there is slightly less leg space and you have to pay for food and drink. I’ve now travelled by both standard and standard premier and found that while both are comfortable, the extra space in Standard Premier was perfect for those wanting to work in a little peace and quiet.

The complimentary meal and glass of wine that came with my Standard Premier ticket was also a lovely touch that made the fairly fast journey on the train go by even quicker.

Eurostar Standard Premier Review: a complete look at the experience

Eurostar Standard Premier review of the facilities

Around fifteen minutes after our train had pulled out of the station, food was served. We were each given a tray of food; with both meat and vegetarian options on offer. With your food, you’re also offered a small bottle of chilled wine (red, white or rosé- though obviously, the red is not chilled!) and a warm beverage in the form of a tea or coffee.

The food is the perfect amount for those who haven’t eaten lunch and I happily sipped on my glass of rosé for the remainder of the journey. If you travel in Business Premier, you’re offered a full three-course meal, while those travelling Standard have the option to purchase food and drink at an extra cost.

Onboard, you’ll find complimentary WiFi throughout the journey. There is WiFi available throughout the train. However, as Eurostar explains when you connect, the signal quickly jumps from 3G tower to 4G tower meaning that connection is patchy at best.

To be honest, I found the signal bad pretty much the whole way and so I ended up just working on tasks that didn’t require the internet! That being said, the WiFi at both Gare du Nord and London St Pancras is fast, free and completely efficient for sending emails etc.

Though the internet may be patchy, there are still plenty of movies, magazines etc. which are all available throughout the journey thanks to Eurostar’s onboard platform.

You just have to connect your device, and you’re away! For those who find their battery life doesn’t quite match their technology addiction, plug sockets are also available throughout the train.

Eurostar Standard Premier Review: a complete look at the experience

Is the Eurostar Standard Premier worth it in 2022?

I recently travelled on the Standard Premier service between London St Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord in June of 2022. The staff are very friendly and, much like my previous experiences on the train, the food was of varying quality. They had both a vegetarian and meat/ fish option, though when it came to the wine only red or rosé was available.

My train was unfortunately delayed by over three hours, though I did receive compensation (you can either get cash back or a voucher to use on future Eurostar journeys). Much like with my earlier experiences of Eurostar, I would say that the upgrade is worth it if it is not too much more than purchasing a standard ticket.

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Thanks to Eurostar for the Standard premier tickets which enabled me to travel between two of my favourite cities (London and Paris) just in time to see all of the pretty fall leaves! All words and opinions remain my own.

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Peter

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

Took Eurostar Standard Premier round trip Brussels-London 27 May 2022 with a 1 June 2022 London-Brussels return. Brussels to London was a delight: efficient passport and security control; new rail car; excellent vegetarian meal; expert service; on-time arrival. Return (London-Brussels) was on an extraordinarily busy travel day. St. Pancras International check-in was chaotic and very delayed, as staff members were overwhelmed trying to service and keep separate check-in and passport control for consecutive Paris and Brussels bound departures. The vegetarian meal was the same as before (good), and service was again excellent. The coach was an older model showing definite signs of wear and tear. The train was 87 minutes late, causing us to miss our reserved Brussels-Rotterdam connection. Thankfully, the onboard Eurostar train manager explained to us what to do with regards to getting on a later train to Rotterdam. Note that our Standard Premier fare was covered by our first class Eurail Pass plus a hefty required seat reservation fee. The scenery viewed and speed of the train were, to confirm Sophie’s experience, pretty and mind-boggling respectively. Overall, we would take Standard Premier again, but we would plan more carefully to avoid heavy travel days.

Andrew

Monday 2nd of May 2022

I have been using Eurostar for the past 23 years and Standard Premier for about 18 years of those. I can tell you from experience (I have traveled twice in the past 2 months and again this month) that the service you get traveling via Premier is a shadow of what it used to be. In the past you was offered an “Apero” which was a Glass of Champagne or something else then you was given a menu with a choice of 3 different meals that was followed by the tea or coffee and a Lovely chocolate and the staff even came to you with “hot” cloth to wash your face etc. Then a few years ago Eurostar made a Ridiculous announcement they they had gotten feedback saying that customers had said we wanted to pay the same money but receive much less for the privilege can you even believe that crap, why didn’t they just say they wanted to save money! Even today they have stopped giving us a choice of rolls and you have the 1 type that you are given. It’s still a great way to travel but I only still use Standard Premier because I can choose a Solo seat so have leg room because of my Arthritis. One day I will spend the extra money which is a great deal especially when you are a pensioner and try Business Premier so I can have the Raymond Blanc Menu and not have to eat Chicken which is all they seem to give you in Standard Premier these days!

Toni

Saturday 8th of June 2019

Hi Sophie. I’m traveling to Paris via Eurostar premier and would like to know how many hours in advance should I arrive at st Pancras? And what’s the cheapest way from Gare du Nord to Eiffel Tower? Please help. Toni - 07.06.19

Adam Toscani

Friday 26th of October 2018

Going on Eurostar to Amsterdam on November 9 2018. Standard premier, new service, can't wait

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