THE CALIFORNIA GUIDE TO THE EUROS 2016: TRAVELLING VIA THE EUROSTAR KING’S CROSS
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The Euros 2016 will be a key highlight for all sports lovers this summer, and – hosted just over the Channel – there will be plenty of opportunity for English fans to travel via London to see the matches live.

The easiest way for fans to get over to see the games is to travel via the Eurostar from King’s Cross. The service ensures great onward connections to many of the football stadia locations.

It’s incredibly easy to get to the Eurostar King’s Cross terminal itself, typically by walking from your accommodation here at The California in just a few short minutes. The King’s Cross terminal also links directly with many UK rail routes and is extremely well served by taxis, buses, bikes and more.

The event
The Euros will be taking place this summer from 10th June to 10th July. Get all of the details at the dedicated UEFA website.

Will England expect to do well this year in the 2016 Euros? That’s up for depate. But let’s focus on the group matches confirmed so far – which are Marseille, Lille, Saint-Etienne and Lens, and there is of course the possibility of there being further matches in Paris if things go well. Meanwhile, all eyes are on predictions for who will make it into the squad. Get the latest predictions via the Bookies website, or better yet host your own sweepstake!

And finally, if you are still setting your hopes on getting tickets for any of the games, keep your eye on the UEFA games website and keep your fingers crossed!

Read more: Everything you need to know about St. Pancras International and travelling via the Eurostar

Staying over in London
Because the Eurostar is so conveniently located in King’s Cross, there is some fantastic accommodation nearby – including us at The California of course! Book quickly as we expect demand to be high – but if you are out of luck at The California, there is also our sister accommodation, Hotel Megaro, close by, and plenty of other quality hotels in the vicinity.

The California will be showing matches in our lounge and bar which is open 24 hours a day (where you can take advantage of your free drink if you’ve booked direct), and other Eurostar hotels are likely to be showing the matches as the atmosphere reaches full fever! Local venues that we know are planning to show the games include The Camino, The Fellow and the Euston Flyer.

Additionally, at The California we have large TVs in all of our rooms, so you can also relax and watch the match with room service and a comfortable bed! Our super reasonable prices will ensure that you keep your spending money as intact as possible for the event itself, and you can find out more on our Roomspages.

Read more: How to get from King’s Cross to St. Pancras

Getting to the stadia from the Eurostar
From London you can travel to Lens in 2 hours 30 mins, to the Stade de Bollaert-Deleis. Travel via the Eurostar to Lille and then take one of the 28 daily connecting trains for a journey that takes just over half an hour.

Travel from London to Lyon in just under 5 hours – 4 hrs and 41 minutes to be precise, to visit the newly built Stade de Lyon, which is home to the Olympique Lyonnais. This stadium will also be the site of six competition games, including a semi-final. The journey from the station is around 3 miles and you can travel directly by tram.

Get to Saint-Denis in just over two hours, to visit France’s national stadium in the Saint-Denis commune. It will be home to the final, and is just a ten minute Metro transfer from the Gare du Nord Eurostar terminal.

Lille is the quickest journey of all at just 90 minutes from London, and then a 3 mile bus or taxi transfer to the Stade Pierre Mauroy which has a 50,000 spectator capacity.

Prices are likely to increase as the games draw closer and seats will be booked up fast – so make your reservations and find out more via the Eurostar website.

Remember to arrive well in advance of the matches to ensure that you can travel easily and get to your seating. Do organise your hotels beforehand via a reputable booking site, or tourist information. You can visit Expedia.com via the Eurostar website to find accommodation at the French cities you’ll be visiting.

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Staying over in France
The hotels in the hosting cities are already booking up very fast and prices are high for the football dates, as is to be expected. For example, in Lens, the Novotel Lens Noyelles has excellent reviews but will set you back around £340 for 1 night. Travelling a little further out for a Eurostar hotel, the Le Domaine des Cigognes will need a taxi transfer, but will cost around £130 a night – with a few rooms available.

In Marseille, there are some larger hotels, and a room for two sharing in the New Hotel Marseille will cost around £140. Look for hotels with lovely views around the old port, which is a superb tourist attraction in its own right. Prices are good here and there is still availability.