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Day trip from London to Paris

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.

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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.

2cv, paris in 2 days, paris off the beaten path, day trip from london to parisEiffel 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.

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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.

 

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The Village and the Bay

Both the Village and the Bay are important elements of Mont Saint-Michel: they contribute to create the magical atmosphere of the island and, above all, they offer breathtaking views.

Mont Saint Michele with low tideThe Bay of Mont Saint-Michel has always helped monks to live in solitude. Before the causeway was built, Mont Saint-Michel was an island and pilgrims would approach only through the mudflat, since the tide was too fast and high. In order to avoid the tourist masses, walk barefoot on the mudflat around the island but, first, duble-check the tides and bring someone with you!

Mont Saint MichelThe Village lies below the Abbey and above the lower medieval  fortifications: there, you will find typical restaurants, shops, hotels and sights. You can enter the island through a stone arch (or, during high tides, through a door in the central tower) and reach the Rue Principale: from here, you will have access to the Abbey and to all the sights within the island.

Mont Saint-Michel is always packed with tourists, but don’t forget that it has always been like that, even in the Middle Ages! Try the famous omelette at the restaurant Mère Poulard and go uphill following the ramparts in order to reach the Abbey.

 

Disneyland Paris

Walt Disney Studios Park

It’s the park dedicated to cinema and entertainment. Most of the thrilling rides are in Walt Disney Studios. From Disney park you can hear people screaming especially those who are riding the tower.

Ratatouille

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This attraction offers an inside look to Remy the rat’s restaurant, based off Ratatouille the movie this ride “shrinks” the rider and shows the restaurant from a rat’s viewpoint. Ideal for any age and size this journey requires 3D glasses and movement that those prone to motion sickness ought to be aware of. Average waiting time for this attraction ranges from an hour to an hour and a half, FASTPASS is available on this ride.

 

Twilight Tower Zone Terror

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This eerie attraction allows visitors to travel into a hotel that is stuck in the twilight zone. Those who dare enter must be over 1.02m (3ft 3in), and those prone to claustrophobia or motion sickness should proceed with caution into this hotel. Average waiting time ranges from 30 minutes to an hour, FASTPASS is available on this ride.

 

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

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This roller coaster ride is inspired by Aero Smith. Those who enter must be over 1.2m (3ft 9in) and those who are prone to motion sickness should be warned of the turns, drops, and quickness of this ride. Average waiting time ranges from 10 to 30 minutes FASTPASS option is available on this ride.

 

Crush’s Coaster

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This small roller coaster ventures through Nemo’s sea. An ideal ride for all ages that are over the height of 1.07m (3 ft 5 in). Average waiting time of an hour to an hour and a half. FASTPASS is not available on this ride.

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Disneyland Park: Adventureland

Adventure Land is a great place to explore and experience the thrilling adventures of pirates and explorers, this land is perfect for the daring and courageous.

Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril

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This attraction, based on Indiana Jones the Temple of Peril, offers a great thrill to all who dare embark on the journey. As the attraction is a roller coaster ride it is not ideal for those who are prone to motion sickness, only those who are 1.4m (4 feet 5 inches) or taller will be permitted. Average waiting time for this ride ranges from 10 to 50 minutes and a FASTPASS option is available.

Pirates of the Caribbean

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X marks the spot for this attraction, based off the Pirates of the Caribbean movies this ride is ideal for anyone searching for a glimpse into a pirate’s life. People who do not want to get wet or are afraid of the dark may want to stay away from this attraction. Average waiting time is 5 to 10 minutes and the FASTPASS option is not available on this ride.

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Disneyland Park: Discoveryland

Discovery land is a fantastic place for all those wanting to explore the final frontier, children of all ages will love the land dedicated to exploring Space.

Space Mountain

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This Disneyland classic is a roller coaster ride that takes you on an adventure through space. Those prone to motion sickness or claustrophobia should be weary of this ride. Space travelers under 1.32m (4 ft 3in) will not be allowed on the ride. Average waiting time to space ranges from 60 minutes to an hour and a half, FASTPASS option is available. (Note: From the spring 2017, Space Mountain: Mission 2 will be replaced by Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. The exact date has yet to be confirmed).

 

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

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Help Buzz protect the world, in this attraction the player(s) are given the chance to fight to save the world. This attraction is suitable for all ages, however, those prone to motion sickness should heed caution as this ride spins. Average waiting time ranges from 30 minutes to an hour, FASTPASS option is available here.

 

Star Tours

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Journey into the world of Star Wars, this ride uses the Force to allow the rider to explore the galaxy. Those under 1.02 m (3ft 3 in) will not be allowed to enter the ride, additionally those prone to claustrophobia or motion sickness should be cautious about this ride. Average waiting time for this ride ranges from 10 to 30 minutes, FASTPASS option is available on this ride.

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Disneyland Park: Frontierland

Set off to explore the Wild West and its haunted mansion!

Big Thunder Mountain 

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It’s a mine train roller coaster. There is no looping and it doesn’t exceed the reasonable speed. It’s one of the famous rides in this land so you should consider at least more than 45 minutes wait in the queue or you can get a FASTPASS ticket. Guests must be 40 in (102 cm) or taller. 

 

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Phantom Manor

This attraction has offered a spooky time for visitors since the opening of Disneyland Paris. Although a classic, this haunted house may not be for younger children or anyone who feels claustrophobic. Average waiting time ranges from 10 to 30 minutes and the FASTPASS option is not available for this attraction.

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Disneyland Park: Fantasyland

Fantasyland is a great place for children to be fully immersed within classic Disney stories, use their imagination, and explore the happiest place on Earth.

‘‘it’s a small world’’

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This classic ride can be found in all of Disney’s amusement park and is ideal for all ages. Average waiting time is often less than 10 minutes, FASTPASS is not available on this ride.

 

Peter Pan’s flight

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Sore into Neverland on this ride modeled after Peter Pan’s journey. Ideal for any age but people prone to motion sickness should be weary. Average waiting time for this ride ranges from 50 minutes to an hour and a half and the FASTPASS option is available.

 

Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups

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This popular attraction features teacups modeled after the tea set that the Mad Hatter used in Alice in Wonderland. An attraction that is available for all those who wish to join in on the tea party, but is not ideal for those prone to motion sickness. Average waiting time for these tea cups ranges from 5 to 15 minutes, and no FASTPASS option is available.

 

Alice’s Curious Labyrinth

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It’s a hedge maze based on Alice in Wonderland. The goal is to reach the Queen of Hearts’s Castle to have a view of the Fantasyland. While walking through the maze, you will meet some of the famous characters and get sprayed with water.

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How to spend 1 day in Paris?

Coming to France and you only have 1 day in Paris to visit?  Here is a list of must see places to help you make the most of the few hours you have.

Eiffel Tower 

paris eiffel tower, 1 day in ParisYou won’t be able to spend 1 day in Paris without seeing it since it can be seen from everywhere in Paris! If you don’t have much time, don’t bother climbing in the tower as the line can be very long, unless you bought skip the line tickets in advance. But you can take very nice pictures of it from the Trocadéro or the Champ de Mars. Consider 90 minutes for the visit, and around one or two hours of line depending on the season. More information here

The Arc de Triomphe 

Another must see monument. When visiting the Arc de Triomphe, you will have a view of the Champs-Élysées right beside you. If you want to have a spectacular view over Paris from the top of it, do it during the day if the weather is nice, or on the contrary do it at night to have an awesome view of the lights on the city. Consider one hour to 90 minutes (line+visit). More information here

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The Avenue des Champs-Élysées

It is located at the foot of the Arc the Triomphe, you can combine the two visits. This great and most beautiful avenue represents the luxury and the prestige of Paris thanks to its numerous luxury shops. If you love to take a stroll do not hesitate to walk along the avenue and enjoy its vibe. Duration up to you! More information here

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Paris in 2 days, 1 day in ParisOne of the oldest monuments of Paris. You can enter for free the cathedral to visit it and admire its beautiful glass windows. Consider a line of approximatively 30 minutes and around 30 minutes to enjoy your visit. More information here.

 

Louvre Museum

Biggest museum in the world, the Louvre Museum hosts more than 300 000 pieces, from the Antiquity to the 18th century, including master pieces like the Mona Lisa or the Venus of Milo. 

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If you only have 1 day in Paris, you could spend your whole day in the museum! The Glass Pyramid at the entrance is nowadays the symbol of the museum and the square in front of it offers a great perspective for pictures. If you want to visit it, you should consider at least 2 hours for the visit and the same for lining up (unless you’ve got skip the line tickets). More information here

Orsay Museum

orsay museum, 1 day in ParisA nice alternative can be the Musée d’Orsay, second most visited museum in Paris after the Louvre. Specialized on the impressionism period, you will see there paintings, sculptures, photographes, graphic arts and architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. Consider 2 hours to visit entirely and around 1 hour for the line. More information here

 

So many things to see in 1 day in Paris in such a short time. A solution to have a global overview of all the must see places in no time is to get a city tour in bus which will take you to all the famous monuments listed above and much more (the Concorde Square, Invalids, Montmartre, Sacred Heart Basilica…). You can also choose a river cruise: the most emblematic monuments of Paris being located on the banks of the river, you will see them under a mesmerizing angle in only one hour.

Paris Bus Tour, 1 day in ParisDon’t forget when planning your 1 day in Paris to consider transportation time to one place to the other. If you want to avoid losing your time in the transport you might want to book a private driver to drive you around for the day. 

 

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