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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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Transportation Options for Paris Day Trips

Want to travel outside of Paris and see more of France? There are a couple options for whether you’re going to Giverny, the Loire Valley, Versailles, or many more.

First, we’ll break down the general options you have to travel outside of Paris.

Then, we’ll tell you the best way to get to common destinations in France.

Transportation Options for Paris Day Trips

1. Coach Bus

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You may decide to take a coach bus with around 50 other people. This option is usually the best for your budget. You can find tickets from as cheap of 20 euros depending on your destination. There are many companies that offer budget buses such as MegaBus, Flixbus, Eurolines, and more.

Keep in mind that while the bus is cheaper it usually takes longer!

If your interested in seeing if you can take a bus to your destination from Paris, we recommend that you look at GoEuro‘s website as they compare bus, train, and flight prices.

2. Train

The train system operated by SNCF is pretty good. For example, it can get you to Nice if you want to visit southern France or most other major cities. You can check out the official website here.

You may also want to check out RailEurope.com, which also sells train tickets. They also have a  MAP of the rail network in France.

There are different types of trains in France including the high speed TGV and regional trains.

The cost will depend on the type of train you take, when you are going, and your destination.

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3. Touristic Coach Excursions

These buses will take tourists from Paris to common destinations such as the Loire Valley and then drive them back. This option usually comes as package that includes the official guide and sometimes lunch. These will cost you upwards of 150 euros per person per day. This can be a great way to see some of the Loire Valley castles!

4. Private Driver

You can hire a private driver too if you would like. This is a great way to ensure a hassle-free trip to your destination, however it will be slightly more pricey. A private driver will run you around 700 euros per day, but if you are traveling with several other individuals it may be worth it! (A touristic coach excursion for four people is already at least 600 euros).

5. Car Rental

If you feel comfortable you could also rent a car to take around the French countryside. This is a great way to be flexible on your vacation if you want to switch up your plans later.

This is only a good option if you feel comfortable driving out of Paris and on the right side of the road (as opposed to the left in the UK). Also keep in mind that most rental companies do not allow you to cross the borders with their cars.

Common Paris Day Trips – Best Transportation Options

1. Versailles

The best way to get to Versailles is to take the train. You can take the fast regional RER C to get there. The round trip cost is 4.10 € per person one way.

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2. Giverny

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To see Monet’s beautiful gardens you have several options:

  • You can take a SNCF intercity train and walk a bit
  • You could hire a private driver
  • Or even a touristic coach excursion.

The train will be the cheapest option for you. You could check prices on Trainline’s website.

Excursions to Giverny are also included in ParisByM packages.

3. Disneyland

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To reach Disneyland Paris you best option is to take the RER A (fast regional train). Take this red line in direction of Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy. Get off at this last station. One way ticket costs 7.60 € per person.

4. Loire Valley

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The Loire Valley has some of the best chateaux (castles!) and some great wine tasting. If you want to check out the Loire Valley on a Paris Day Trip we recommend that you either hire a private driver OR you take a touristic coach excursion.

We have some excellent packages already put together for you!

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5. Normandy

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Normandy is great to visit, especially if you’re a history buff! By far the easiest way to get to Normandy for your Paris day trip is to either:

  • hire a private driver
  •  take a touristic coach excursion
  • OR rent a car and drive.

 

6. French Riviera

The French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur can be popular destinations as well. You can reach these fastest by train or flight and that’s probably best if you are spending a few days.

You could also hire a private driver and see more of the countryside and take time to stop in some of the French provincial towns.

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If you want to travel to some other capitals of different European countries you should consider train or flights.

Did you know you can reach London from Paris super easily with the EuroStar train?

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