Time for another snapshot – this time looking at the passenger experience between London St Pancras and Brussels Midi.
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Onwards to the Eurostar 9116 experience.
Check in was done over the phone and app.
Once that done, and a boarding pass generated I was able to clear the main check-in area at London St Pancras.
For those who need a paper ticket generated, head to the ticket off and they can create you one.
Once you have your tickets, you can clear the entrance barrier
From here you clear in quick succession:
- UK Exit Border Controls
- EU/French Entry Border Control
There’s a waiting area here with a coffee shop, Eurostar Lounge and of course, World Duty Free
Boarding was via Platform 6, using the rear escalators for Standard Premier
It’s a Eurostar E320 (or a Class 374 Siemens Velaro operating the route today.
Standard Premier is offered in low-density configuration, with a mixture of singles, tables, in a 2-1 formation in general (with some 1-1 formation seating). The seat reclines, with a fold-out tray table and a cup holder
This would be a stopping service to Brussels, calling at Ebbsfleet International, Calais Frethun, Lille Europe and Brussels Midi/Zuid, covering the distance in 2 hours and 11 minutes.
Onboard entertainment was streamable via the Eurostar app. Overhead screens showed the progress of the journey, as well as security announcements.
Food and Drinks
Catering in Standard Premier is offered. A small continental breakfast of breads and pastries was offered, along with water, tea and coffee
The full review soon!
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