It is only a twelve minute walk from Euston station to St Pancras International station
Catch a no 59 bus outside Euston Station (they're pretty frequent)
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It’s a huge city, but among the sprawling grandeur of its ancient streets, it’s the intimacy that makes Paris special. Find a tiny backstreet café for a quiet coffee (black, of course), don your shades and rub shoulders with the bohemian residents of the Latin quartier, or stop in at a neighbourhood bistro and experience the love that goes into Parisian cuisine.
And, naturally, if you’re looking for blockbuster tourist attractions, Paris has a few of those too. You may have heard of a certain very famous tower, but being popular doesn’t make it any less wondrous. The Eiffel’s 704 steps (or lifts, if you’re like us) take you to one of the world’s greatest views.
Fancy a little art? Well, there are art galleries, and then there is the Louvre. This is home to the best collection of masterpieces on the planet – hands down. Come and see what the fuss about the Mona Lisa is all about (and it’s free on the first Sunday of the month, too).
If you’re a shopaholic, Paris will give you your fix and then some. The Champs-Élysées is a never-ending nirvana of boutiques and designer shops, a place to find cutting edge fashion and timeless style alike.
And then there’s the food. Paris’ dining scene has a reputation that precedes it, and with good reason. Whether you’re into 3-Michelin-Star gastronomic exploration or simple, hearty fare, Paris does it better than anywhere else on the planet.
Our partnership with Eurostar puts the magic of Paris right on your doorstep. Just hop on a train at your local Virgin Trains station, change at St. Pancras, and you’ll be in the French capital before you can say “baguette”.
Trains run 18 times a day. Fares to Paris from Manchester start from £105, and you can get there from Birmingham for just £91.
The capital of Belgium is a glorious melting pot of different influences. It’s a modern place that’s infused with historic grandeur. It’s known for being the seat of European politics, yet its cultural scene is thriving with hip musicians and artists. The city itself is by turns extravagantly beautiful, charmingly run-down and spotlessly modern.
And that’s not to mention its inhabitants, who are a friendly, funny lot. You’ll find them propping up Brussels’ huge variety of bars, populating its cafés and hanging out in the city’s many museums and galleries.
Speaking of art – Brussels’ most famous artistic gift to the world was the wonderful Magritte, responsible for some of the most surreal and funny paintings ever dreamt up. The Musée Magritte is the perfect place to get acquainted with his sense of humour.
There’s also the stunning BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, and the Museum of Musical Instruments, which is worth checking out for its quirky art nouveau architecture.
Of course, the main thing many people (not us, of course) associate with Brussels is its world-beating selection of beers. We’d go so far as to say that if you’re into broadening your beer horizons, Brussels is the capital of the world.
And to top it all off, it’s closer than you think. Hop on a train at your local Virgin Trains station, and you can ride all the way to Brussels with just one magical ticket. All you need to do is change onto the Eurostar at St. Pancras, and that first sip of a refreshing Belgian beer is almost yours.
Trains leave up to 10 times a day. A ticket from Birmingham to Brussels can be yours for only £91, and other fares start from as little as £72.