London St Pancras railway station, also known as St Pancras International, opened in 1868 as the London terminus of the Midland Main Line and recently underwent an extensive £800 million renovation.
The station handles rail services to the East Midlands and Yorkshire and also has high-speed services to Kent and Eurostar trains to Belgium, France and the Netherlands.
Four train companies operate from St Pancras station:
- East Midlands Trains have services to Yorkshire and the East Midlands including services to Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield
- Eurostar runs a high-speed international service through the Channel Tunnel to Lille, Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris
- Southeastern runs high-speed trains to Kent with stops at Ashford, Canterbury, Dover and Ramsgate
- Thameslink trains go to Bedford (stopping at Luton Airport), Cambridge, Peterborough and Brighton (stopping at Gatwick Airport)
Domestic rail services from St Pancras railway station include two trains per hour to Brighton, an hourly train service to Canterbury, one train an hour to Dover, four trains per hour to Gatwick Airport, four trains per hour to Leicester, six trains per hour to Luton (and Luton Airport), two trains per hour to Nottingham, two trains per hour to Peterborough, one train per hour to Ramsgate and two trains per hour to Sheffield. International services from St Pancras include 10 trains per day to Lille and Brussels and 17 trains per day to Paris.
London St Pancras railway station is an impressive example of Victorian architecture and is considered by many to be one of the world’s great railway stations. If you’re catching a train from here, it is well worth arriving early to spend more time at the station. It is a beautiful building and it has excellent facilities including lots of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.
If you’re catching an international train it is best to grab a bite to eat before going through security as the only facilities in the international terminal area are a Caffè Nero, the Continental Bar and a WHSmith newsagent.