Indirect Eurostar

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For anyone worried about taking the indirect Eurostar, I can honestly assure you that it is very easy.

We boarded the train at Ebbsfleet and just an hour and 11 minutes later we were arriving in Lille Europe.

We departed the train and went up the escalator to the main station. If your connecting train is departing from Lille Europe then you just wait there until your train is due. There are plenty of seats with vending machines and a cafe.

Our connecting train was going from Lille Flanders, which we found easily. We just followed the signs leading out of the station and it was a short walk away. Lille Flanders is a bigger station with a number of food outlets and shops including a Marks and Spencer food hall.

Our connecting train was shown on the departure boards along with the platform number.

Make sure you get your tickets validated in the yellow ticket machines before boarding the train or your ticket could be invalid.

I would happily use the indirect service again, although I imagine it could be difficult if travelling alone with children or lots of luggage as our seats from Lille to Marne Le Vallee were upstairs.

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