What is the best way to get from Southampton to Paris by rail?

We will be arriving by ship in Southampton and want to travel by rail to Paris. Do I have to travel to London to catch the train to Paris or is there somewhere closer to Southampton or Portsmouth to start my train travel?
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  • Books seat on the Eurostar from London to Paris thru the “Chunel Tunnel. IJust did this trip in June, really great ride, especially iin first class. When determining which departure, remember that you have to pass they passport control and security, so allow plenty of time.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 22, 2018 17:24
    Hi William,

    A connection from Southampton to Paris does involve changing trains in London along the way. You would purchase tickets by entering a route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the Rail Europe homepage, www.raileurope.com. For a trip from Southampton to Paris, you would just have to break up your search once in London. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Southampton to London and then another search for connecting trains from London to Paris.

    Trains from Southampton to London are South West trains, and the trains from London to Paris are Eurostar high-speed trains.

    When you pull up the results of your searches, you will see that trains from Southampton to London can arrive into either the Waterloo station or the Victoria station, while trains from London to Paris depart from the St Pancras International station. For the purpose of a connection to Paris, I would recommend choosing an option from Southampton to London that arrives into the Waterloo station.

    To get from the Waterloo station to St Pancras International, you would take the Northern Line of the Tube to the Leicester Square stop. At Leicester Square, you would then switch to the Tube's Piccadilly Line, which you would take right to St Pancras International. You would pay to board the Tube locally at the turnstiles before boarding.

    The commute from Waterloo to St Pancras International takes at least 30 minutes in duration, but I would still recommend allowing yourself at least 1hr40 minutes to make the connection. The Eurostar (London-Paris) is different from other trains in that passengers must check-in at least 30 minutes before departure.

    Generally, trains in the UK can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date. The Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, the Eurostar train can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.
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