Within a minute or two the Eurostar enters a covered bridge across the tracks leading out of the adjacent Kings Cross station, which becomes a long tunnel under east London taking the Eurostar east and south.
About 5 minutes after leaving St Pancras, you'll see a glimpse of daylight and the platforms of Stratford International station, only served by the domestic high-speed trains.
Just 35 minutes from St Pancras, the fields and hedgerows of east Kent give way to the roadways and check-in lanes of the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal.
This is where cars and lorries are put on the Eurotunnel car-carrying shuttle trains to go through the tunnel to France.
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A handful of Eurostar trains call at Calais-Frthun, a few miles from Calais town centre, but others just start accelerating onto the French high speed line.They were refurbished with an interior by designer Philippe Starck in 2004-2005.Most of these classic trains will be withdrawn by the end of 2018, but 8 will be refurbished to become e300 trains.You still get phone reception inside the tunnel now, with mobile data too.The tunnel is dark, so nothing to see, and no, you can't see the fishes...
Eurostar is owned 55% by SNCF French Railways, 5% by SNCB Belgian Railways & 40% originally by the UK government but now sold to overseas investors.