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The Best Way To Travel Between London & Paris

Make An 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

Author: Bob Handford

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.

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 or low cost budget airlines like easyJet that again tend not to be aimed at those flying city centre to city centre.

However, all three options are covered here ...

Eurostar Trains

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 or Megabus Coach Services - 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.

Two companies Eurolines and Megabus go head to head between London and Paris with daily services year round both day time and overnight.

Megabus Coach

Both companies use modern air conditioned coaches, some with free wi-fi and are backed by global corporate parent companies. Both companies use Victoria Coach Station as their 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.

The Megabus terminus is Porte Maillot, more central near the Champs Elysees & Arc de Triomphe but is little more than an open air strip of tarmac reserved for coaches.

Eurolines From London
Megabus Low Cost Inter City Buses

Flights To Paris From London:

Before the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the start of the fast Eurostar trains London to Paris was one of the busiest aircraft routes in the world.

Today, people flying between Paris and London are a very small portion of the market. If you are travelling city centre to city centre it makes no sense at all to fly, being slower and more expensive.

Most of the market now is for people interconnecting on flights rather than travelling city centre to city centre.

The respective flag carriers British Airways and Air France still operate services from Heathrow to Paris. Air France fly additional services from City Airport and easyJet the low cost budget airline fly to Paris from both Gatwick and Luton Airports.

easyJet Holidays

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.

Day Trip To Paris With Sightseeing Tour by Eurostar Ticketing
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