Eurostar rules on alcohol explained as passengers fall foul of new restrictions

Eurostar rules on alcohol explained as passengers fall foul of new restrictions


Eurostar has changed its rules on what alcohol passengers can bring on board.

Previously the high speed rail service had a more relaxed policy where customers could bring alcohol with them but now the company is toughening up on restrictions.

Unfortunately, it's left some passengers getting caught out and having to leave their purchases behind, with new rules prohibiting you from bringing spirits on board.

We take a look at Eurostar's alcohol policy including what you can and can't bring with you on board, as well as what to do if you do want to buy alcohol abroad to bring back home as a souvenir.

Here's everything you need to know…

What you can bring

Eurostar allows up to four bottles or cans of beer OR one bottle of wine, per person.

You can also bring non-alcoholic drinks in sealed bottles.

The good news is that if you just want a pre-holiday tipple, you will still be able to buy alcohol onboard.

What you can't bring

The high speed rail service doesn't permit you to bring any spirits on board the train – these will be confiscated at check-in.

What to do if you want to buy booze

If you're simply after a glass of wine or bubbles for the trip, Eurostar will still be selling booze on board. (The exception here is that they don't sell alcohol on night trains or trains taking fans to/from sports events).

If you do really want to buy a bottle of the local spirit during your trip, or want to bring back than one bottle of wine per person, Eurostar offers a registered luggage service to help you ship items home. Prices start from £30 per bag weighing up to 20kg, or prices from £31 per bag weighing up to 30kg.

It's worth noting that prices vary if you opt for the express service.

Most other shipping companies such as Fedex and DHL don't accept shipments carrying alcohol.

You can find out more about the new rules regarding alcohol on the Eurostar website here.

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