London to Paris Bus, Train or Plane ?!

London to Paris Bus, Train or Plane

 

One of the thing which is really nice nowadays when you travel is all the choices of transportation you have. Especially when you’re travelling from London to Paris or vice versa.

London to Paris Bus, train or plane ? Which one should you choose for your journey ?

I used all three of them during the past, they all comes with their pros and cons, so at the end there’s no perfect choice, you need to decide which fit your budget/times etc the best.

PLANE 🛫

London to Paris Bus, Train or Plane

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

Pros :

– Lots of flight options / cheap prices
– Quickest journey (~40mins)

Cons :

– You have to take a shuttle/Train to go back in the city so it adds some additional cost.
– Most of the low-cost flights only allow hand luggage and – obviously lands in the cities outskirts (Flight who lands in Beauvais instead of Orly/Charles de Gaulle are an absolute nightmare)

BUS 🚌

I took the night bus with some friends on my 2nd trips to London, simply because as highschool 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 bus isn’t crowded it’s  okay because then you can be more comfortable and at ease!

Pros :

– Very cheap
-Night journey so you don’t waste time.
–  Arrive right into London/Paris

Cons :

– 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 definitely waste a day – so meh.

 

TRAIN🚆

London to Paris Bus, Train or Plane

 

I only recently went to London by EuroStar, main reason is that before whenever I checked the prices were way too high for my budget. There’s an option though, if you don’t mind not picking the exact hour of your train you can choose either morning or afternoon EuroStar on EuroStar Snap starting £25 one way. (and sometimes less for special occasion !). I enjoy train ride a lot and the EuroStar is really nice (probably would be my first choice to be honest !)

Pros :

– Arrive in central London/Paris   – so no shuttle fees
– No luggage maximum weight (only need to be under 85cm)
– No liquids restriction

Cons :

– Can be really expensive

If you have a car obviously there’s more option, or you could take the ferry. But this are the best options for non-driver in my opinion.  Plus driving ,either in Paris or London, around is more of hassle than anything else.

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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Lyne

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11 Comments

  1. To me Eurostar is definitely the best choice. Limited waiting time and the journey is quite quick with minimum hassle. If planned in advance tickets can be cheap. Also as you have pointed out Eurostar Snap is great for people who are flexible. I even managed to grab a ticket at £19 in the past! My favourite Eurostar tip!

  2. Oh I just love train travel. Flying is always such a hassle, waiting in airports, security… if I can do it by train I always will haha! Thanks for all the info:)

  3. I have only ever traveled France to London by train. Being from the States, I am jealous that you have so many options to get between two great countries!!

  4. This is so informative. I love the pros and cons so that I can make my own informed decision. I might skip the train since it sounds like it’s pretty costly.

  5. Plane and train seems costly so I might. I might go for the bus then since I usually carry around big backpacks whenever I travel. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Appreciate the comparison! I’ve done the flight between London and Paris before, but am looking forward to trying the train next time.

  7. Your post includes really useful and informative tips. Each mode of travel has it own advantages and disadvantages. I definitively love train travel ! The advantage of train travel is that it can facilitate the transportation of larger and heavier luggage pieces, compared to planes… And last but not least is it a more sustainable travel mode compared to cars and planes 😉

  8. Great comparison of the different options. I’ve taken the Eurostar before and loved the ease of that option. We were lucky and got a great rate for our travel. Going through the tunnel under the sea was a little freaky at first, but it was so quick!! 😉

  9. If I had to choose I would take the train. Travel by train is so relaxing and it’s a lovely way to see the rest of the countryside. When I was last in London I took a ferry from some port of the UK into Amsterdam. That was a new one for me, it was great because we just slept overnight. Have you taken a ferry in your travels?

  10. We took to Eurostar to Paris earlier this year – definitely the option I would recommend, so convenient!

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