One of the thing which is nice nowadays when you travel is all the choices of transportation you have. Especially when you’re going from London to Paris or vice versa. It’s effortless to find a journey that fit all your needs.
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
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. Although if the coach isn’t crowded, it’s okay because then you can be more comfortable and at ease!
-Night journey so you don’t waste time.
– Arrive right into London/Paris
– It takes SO long – the night journey is the longest
– If you have back issues don’t give it a try, seriously it was awful on our bodies/back.
– If you travel by day, then you waste a day – so it’s not that great, to be honest.
I only recently went to London for 48h by Eurostar; the main reason is that before whenever I checked the prices were way too high for my budget. 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 high.
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.
– Arrive in central London/Paris – so no shuttle fees
– No maximum luggage weight (only need to be under 85cm)
– 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 for non-driver especially 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 will help you choose which transportation you will pick to plan your next journey to London or Paris!
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