Best way to travel between London & Paris

Make informed choice of how to travel between London & Paris - train is fastest, coach is cheapest


Eurostar Express Trains At Gare Du Nord Station Paris

Eurostar Express: trains at Gare du Nord station Paris

On paper you have a choice of three modes of travel using public transport between London and Paris, train, coach and air.

 

In reality the vast majority of people travelling city centre to city centre choose the Eurostar train service. As the fastest and most stress free option it is with good reason.


However the Eurostar trains are not the cheapest way to travel between the two cities, by some way. That honour goes to the low cost coach services that we cover on this page.

 

While the Eurostar trains whisk you city centre to city centre in just over 2 hours, the fastest coaches that use the tunnel between England and France rather than the ferry services take 7.5 hours to do the same journey.


Eurostar fares are also highly volatile. At popular times and dates or if you buy tickets at very short notice fares can be eye watering and make air travel an option to consider in addition to the coach services.

Airlines - not great for London - Paris city centre to city centre

The airlines that fly between London and Paris tend to be either the national carriers like British Airways and Air France feeding transit passengers into long distance flights, rather than those travelling city centre to centre.

Low cost budget airline easyJet offers low cost services from London Luton and Gatwick.

 

However, for most travellers who want to travel between the centre of London and Paris, the killer fact is that with Eurostar trains you'll probably be arriving in the centre of Paris at around the time into your journey a flight is preparing to take off.


Eurostar trains - the most popular London - Paris transfer

The Eurostar train service takes just two hours and 15 minutes to Paris, so with an early start its possible, and many people do, take a day trip to Paris. There are even day return fares to encourage you to do this.

 

The Eurostar trains start at London's St Pancras station and terminate in the centre of Paris at the Gare du Nord. Hop-on, hop-off buses visit Gare du Nord or you can very easily independently travel around on the Paris Metro.

 

Eurostar Express Train London To Paris

Eurostar trains run at minimum hourly frequencies between London and Paris. There are no overnight services, first services start very early morning, last departure is mid/late evening. Scheduled journey times are 2 hours 15 minutes to Paris.

 

Eurostar offers 3 different classes of seat to meet your needs and seat numbers are allocated. You’re allowed 2 medium-sized items with a maximum length of 85cm, plus 1 item of hand luggage. You need to check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure.


Eurostar fares

Eurostar is a reservations only service – you can book up to 4 months in advance. The further ahead that you book, the more likely you’ll be able to pick up the best fare. Non-flexible tickets (i.e. no exchanges or refunds allowed) are cheaper than tickets with fewer restrictions.

 

Eurostar fares are dynamic, there will be different fares for different schedules on the same day. Fares can be eye watering if you book late or are trying to travel when an event is on at your destination so do try and plan well ahead.

Full details of the service, an explanation of the classes of ticket and current fares for your dates can be found by clicking through on the banner link below.


Eurostar Train Tickets & Timetables

Eurolines coach services - the cheapest way between London and Paris

If you want to go Paris cheaply and are in no hurry then using the coach services may be your preferred solution.

Eurolines run daily services year round both day time and overnight.

Eurolines Bus London to Paris

Eurolines use modern air conditioned coaches, some with free wi-fi and are backed by a global corporate parent company. Victoria Coach Station is the terminus in London.

 

Victoria Coach Station is quite central, 5 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace and Victoria Railway and London Underground Station.

 

Victoria is also a major London hotel district with accommodation options for all sectors of the market.

 

Some coach services use the ferry across the English Channel, some use the tunnel. The fastest schedules are around 7.5 hours compared to 2 hours of the Eurostar trains. There are both daytime and overnight schedules year round.

 

The Eurolines Paris terminus is Gallieni, a purpose built coach station integrated with a Paris Metro station but not as central as Victoria in London.


Eurolines From London

Day trips to Paris from London

With the Eurostar services it is possible to get as much as 8 hours sightseeing in Paris by going out early and back late.

For a one day sightseeing trip one of the best ways is to buy a package combining Eurostar train tickets with a sightseeing tour of Paris which will make the most of your time in Paris and get you around all the main sights very efficiently maximising your day.

 


Unescorted Day Trip To Paris by Eurostar Ticketing
Day Trip To Paris With Sightseeing Tour by Eurostar Ticketing
Luxury Day Trip To Paris With Sightseeing Tour by Eurostar Ticketing
Luxury Day Trip To Paris With Sightseeing Tour by Eurostar Ticketing

3 day Paris weekend tour

Includes Eurostar train, 3 Star hotel & full Paris sightseeing

A fully guided Paris tour using good quality 3 star city-centre hotel accommodation - outstanding value.

 

Take a cruise on the river Seine, see the Eiffel Tower, walk along the Champs Elysees, see the Arc de Triomphe, visit Montmartre (the area in which the film Amelie was made), and Sacre Coeur, take a photo of the Moulin Rouge (the home of the cancan), see the Cathedral of Notre Dame and explore the Louvre Museum! (Supplements are payable for the Eiffel Tower and Louvre.)


Even more, there is the chance buy tickets for a fully guided half day coach tour of the stunning Palace & Gardens of Versailles, just outside Paris.


Weekend 3 Day Short Break By Coach To Paris Tour Ticketing
Weekend 3 Day Short Break By Eurostar Train To Paris Tour Ticketing