Rugby World Cup 2023 Travel Guide

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The Rugby World Cup 2023 is on the horizon, and fans across the world are gearing up to witness this colossal sporting event. Hosted in nine mesmerising cities across France, the tournament is accessible from Paris, making St. Pancras International a convenient gateway for your travel to Rugby World Cup 2023. Here’s your complete guide.

The Teams and Format

The competition features 20 formidable teams, divided into five bands:

  • Band one: South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales
  • Band two: Ireland, Australia, France, Japan
  • Band three: Scotland, Argentina, Fiji, Italy
  • Bands four and five: Samoa, Georgia, Uruguay, Tonga, Namibia, Romania, Chile, Portugal


Kicking off on September 8 with France vs. New Zealand and concluding with the final on October 28, this edition promises excitement, skill, and intense rivalry.

The Venues

Nine magnificent venues across France will come alive with rugby action:

  • Stade de France, Saint-Denis (Paris)
  • Stade Velodrome, Marseille
  • Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
  • Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
  • Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
  • Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
  • Allianz Riviera, Nice
  • Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
  • Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
  • The crowning finale will be hosted at Stade de France, Saint-Denis (Paris).

Travel to Rugby World Cup 2023 from St. Pancras International

All host venues for the Rugby World Cup 2023 are accessible from Paris. With Eurostar services from St. Pancras International, you can enjoy smooth travel to Rugby World Cup 2023 games. Plan your journey in advance to ensure a seamless experience.

What to do before you hop on board

Begin your Rugby World Cup trip at St. Pancras International with a festive pre-travel atmosphere. From bustling bars to Grab & Go options, we’ve got your pre-match cravings covered.

Why not extend your Paris adventure?

For those fortunate enough to be travelling to France and looking to make the most of their stay in Paris beyond the Rugby World Cup 2023, we suggest you take a look at our Paris Destination Guide. In this we explore the romantic city's iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and culinary delights. Whether you're a seasoned traveller to the French capital or it's your first time, our guide will ensure you experience the very best Paris has to offer.

Where to Watch in London

Not travelling to France? The Betjeman Arms at St. Pancras International will be showing the games, so you won't miss any action. Plan ahead and book a table for a game of your choice over at the Betjeman Arms website.

Final Whistle

Whether you’re planning to travel to Rugby World Cup 2023 or looking for a lively place to watch the games in London, St. Pancras International is your go-to destination. Embrace the rugby spirit and join the global celebration. 



HS1/St Pancras International Station does not have any affiliation with the Rugby World Cup, for more information on the Rugby World Cup please visit their website.



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