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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Limey Help Needed!

I'm trying to figure out how to get from our hotel right at the Hanger Lane underground station to the St. Pancras so we can catch the EuroStar to Paris. I've gone to the Tube Station site to "Plan my journey". I'm having trouble figuring the metro system out, figuring out timing, and I really dont' want to get up at 3am to make a 5:30am train to Paris only to return back in London at 10pm.

Everything I find refers me to another site, another page, another piece of some puzzle that I KNOW has got to be easier than what it seems.

Can anyone help me figure out how the heck to figure this mess out?

Tags:  London
I thought the Eurostars departed from Waterloo!? I guess they must have changed that.
Hanger Lane is on the Central Line which is usually one of the faster lines so I would change at Oxford Circus to the Victoria Line, Northbound. I found a site that estimates the journey time at around 41 minutes. Easy.
However, I just looked for the first train from Hanger Lane and it looks like that leaves at 5.37am which is a little late for your 5.30 train.
I would suggest getting into town the night before and sleeping the night there somewhere OR go out that night, stay up and sleep on the train.
LimeyGeorge   Thursday, September 24, 2009
For me 2.5 hours sleep on the train will not be enough when we're stuck in Paris for 12 hours with nowhere to nap there. LOL The instructions say to be at Waterloo, but when I visit the Eurostar site and try to book a train the station listed is Kings Cross St. P. So I don't know.

I haven't done the math yet, but these weird hours will either be good or very bad. LOL We will be driving all night to get to Dallas to catch our flight, we have to plane changes and arrive in London at 9:30am. We have to stay out and about until we can check into our hotel. We've got all day Sunday and Monday in London before we'll travel for our day trip on Tuesday. New Years even we'll need to be up super late. So I need to figure out if we can actually get to sleep early enough on Monday to be up super early to catch the Eurostar on Tues morning. I think I might be so excited that I won't sleep at all....let's hope for that! LOL

What Site did you use? Sounds a little easier than the one I've been using.
Richie & Ashley   Thursday, September 24, 2009

Here is the Eurostar Website that doesn't even have Waterloo listed as a departure station...maybe is it a stop along the way?
Richie & Ashley   Thursday, September 24, 2009
Waterloo one of London's terminals so the train won't actually go "through" per se, more in and then back the same way it came in. I'm very familiar with Waterloo because it is the terminal station I would always come into London on when travelling from where I grew up. The different terminals serve different parts of the country....generally speaking.
I remember the Eurostar terminal being built and have seen the trains sitting there many many times so I know they go from there but whether your specific train will, I cannot answer. It sounds like you have a pretty hectic schedule but if you find out that the train does stop at Waterloo, you may as well just go there instead as the travel time won't be much different but the departure train will probably be later as Waterloo is South of the river Thames, therefore probably later in the journey than Kings Cross/St Pancras.
LimeyGeorge   Saturday, September 26, 2009
You might also find this site useful.
LimeyGeorge   Saturday, September 26, 2009
From Wikipaedia, it appears that Eurostar no longer goes from Waterloo!

"Waterloo International closed when the Eurostar service transferred to the new St Pancras railway station..."
LimeyGeorge   Saturday, September 26, 2009
If comment #6 is right then Travelocity's information is VERY wrong!

I think we're going to book it all separately...looks like we can save quite a lot of money by doing that. You'd naturally assume just the opposite. I think we're going to book a 7am train out of st. pancras and return about 9 or 10pm. From what I read the stations are pretty big and offer a lot to keep a person occupied.

Thank you so much for all your help. I might just start naming my blogs after you when I need help. LOL kidding
Richie & Ashley   Saturday, September 26, 2009
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