If you are currently in the UK and you want to do something different during the weekend, why not leaving for a day trip from London to Paris? It is absolutely feasible, and totally worth it! Discover here how to get to Paris from London, and what to see during your day trip.
How to get to Paris from London
The fastest ways are the plane and the high-speed train Eurostar. Keep in mind that the time zone in Paris is slightly different: you will lose an hour getting there, but you will gain it on your way back to London.
Plane: there are a couple of low-cost airline companies that will get you to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in 1 hour 15. It is convenient to book in advance to find the best rates, but if you are lucky you may also find some last minute offers.
Eurostar: this train leaves from from London St Pancras almost every hour, passes by London Guilford, goes through the Channel Tunnel and arrives in Paris Gare du Nord in 2 hours 15. By taking the first and the last trains, you will have more than 10 hours to discover the City of Lights. You just need to be at the train station at least 45 minutes before departure to have your passport checked. Be sure to book your ticket in advance: the closer the departure, the higher the price.
What to see in one day
For your visit, you can decide to walk and use the public transports (metro and buses are efficiently linked and are way cheaper than in London) or to have Hop-on Hop-off tours by bus to have a more global overview of Paris.
Whichever you choose, here is a list of the attractions you just can’t miss. Take into account that most of the attractions may have long lines to get inside. If you manage to plan your day trip from London to Paris in advance, don’t forget to book your skip-the-line tickets in order to optimize your time.
Eiffel Tower: the most stunning spots to admire the symbol of France are the Trocadero Gardens (metro stop Trocadéro, lines 6 and 9), the Arc de Triomphe (metro stop Charles de Gaulle – Étoile, lines 1, 2, 6 and RER A) and the Tour Montparnasse (metro stop Montparnasse-Bienvenue, lines 4,6,12 and 13).
Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées: from the top of the Arc you will have an amazing view of Paris, then you can walk along the Champs- Élysées to shop in luxury boutiques, until you arrive to the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre. If you have already booked your tickets, you can get into the famous museum to have a quick look at the most famous masterpieces.
Notre-Dame Cathedral: situated in the Île de la Cité (metro stop Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, lines 4 and RER C), it is one of the oldest monuments in Paris. It is free to get inside, just consider about an hour to line and visit.
Sacré-Coeur Basilica: from this church on the top of Montmartre (metro stop Anvers, line 2), you will have an unique view over the city. Go for a walk in this special neighboorhod and enjoy street artists’ and musicians’ performances.
Other attractions and activities. Paris surely doesn’t lack of places to go: the Invalides, the Jardin the Luxembourg, Concorde square, food and flea markets and much more. If you still have some time left, we suggest you have a one hour river cruise along the Seine to have a different perspective of the city.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your day trip from London to Paris, you won’t regret it!
ParisByM can help you plan your trip and save on your hotel in Paris : we can book your tickets for the monument visits, spare you time waiting in line, help you find a hotel in your budget, and provide you a full itinerary of what to do in Paris for the length of your stay.