One of the thing which is nice nowadays when you travel is all the choices of transportation you have, I mean we can easily go to so many places, it’s amazing! Especially when you’re going from London to Paris or vice versa.
It can be effortless to find a journey that fit all your needs(the journey itself is something else, especially if you go to the wrong airport), here is a list of the best ways to travel from London to Paris, with all the pros and cons to help you choose for your next trip!
London to Paris Bus, train or plane? Which one should you choose for your journey?
I used all three of them during the past years, they all come with their pros and cons, so at the end, there’s no perfect choice really, it all down to your preferences you need to decide which fit your budget/schedule the best.
Best Ways To Travel From London To Paris
I love going to London, it never gets old for me (a bit like going to Tokyo, except London is much closer) it’s a great week end getaway and I know the same apply for a lot of people with Paris.
As I wrote above there is a lot of options when it comes to travel from London to Paris, so, I thought it’d be a good idea to review with them for anyone who’s interested to visit either capital.
Coz you know, whether you start your trip from London or Paris, well you have to go back and the transportation is most likely going to be the same.
Unless you decide to quit everything and buy a one-way ticket to one or another of those cities, but that’s up to you.
My first trip ever outside of France with a friend was to London, and it was also the first time I ever flew on a plane. There’s so much many flights going to London from Paris and vice versa. Back then I flew with British Airways, the trip was bliss, and we were given ice cream, so for my first flight, it was short and sweet.
However, this was a one-time thing as it isn’t the cheapest option, I do fly with EasyJet.
– Lots of flight options / low prices
– Quickest journey (~40mins)
– You have to take a shuttle/Train to go back to the city, so it adds some additional cost.
– Most of the low-cost flights only allow hand luggage and – naturally lands in the cities outskirts (Flight who lands in Beauvais instead of Orly/Charles de Gaulle are an absolute nightmare)
I took the night bus with some friends on my 2nd trips to London, only because as high school students this was all we could afford and still really wanted to go on holidays.
I’m all done for travelling in the cheapest way, so I don’t mind travelling by bus I do it very often – however to be fair this trip was far from a pleasant journey, more like a nightmare on the way to London but it was pretty cool on the way back to Paris.
Although if the coach isn’t crowded, it’s okay because then you can be more comfortable and at ease!
What I am trying to say is the bus to go to London is a good option if you’re on a budget, but don’t have too high expectations and expect it to be glamourous.
-Night journey so you don’t waste time.
– Arrive right into the heart of London and Paris (there are multiple stops)
– It takes SO long – the night journey feels the longest, you can read my experience about it on my UK travel diary.
– If you have back issues, then you might want to skip it or bring something to help your back.
– If you travel by day, then you waste a day – so it’s not that great, to be honest.
There’s an option though if you do not mind not to choose the exact hour of your train you can pick either morning or afternoon Eurostar on Eurostar Snap starting £25 one way (and sometimes less for a special occasion !).
I only discovered this recently, but I was quite pleased about it, it’s pretty cool.
They fill up empty seats in their trains, and you get to buy a ticket for cheap.
I enjoy the train ride a lot, and the Eurostar in itself is pretty neat. It probably would be my first choice, if it weren’t that expensive for a regular ticket without Eurostar Snap.
However, if you do plan in advance it is possible to find some cheap tickets without Eurostar snap so you’re free to choose your hours!
– Arrive in central London/Paris – so no shuttle fees
– No maximum luggage weight (only need to be under 85cm, however, I’ve seen a lot of luggage larger…)
– No liquids restriction
– You’re doing a favour to the environment!
– It can be quite expensive
– If you book with Eurostar Snap, you cannot choose your train. Only morning or afternoon.
Naturally, there’s more option, you can drive to London from Paris it’s faster, and you have to pay for tolls, gas and the Eurotunnel, or you could take the ferry in Calais.
However, I think the options above are the best, especially for non-driver if you want to arrive/leave directly from Paris, in my opinion.
Besides, driving, either in Paris or London centre to get in and out is more of a hassle than anything else, and you will have to pay for parking also (that if you find a spot to park that is) to this, and the prices quickly add up.
Hopefully, this little guide on the best ways to travel from Paris to London will help you choose which transportation you will pick to plan your next journey to London or Paris!
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Best Ways To Travel From London To Paris