Going from London to Paris by coach means using the National Express Eurolines service from London’s Victoria Coach Station to the Paris Gallieni Bus Station (for the bus station location, see below).
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The journey time on the National Express Eurolines coach service from London to Paris is 8-10 hours, including the cross-channel ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. This obviously rules out a day trip. There are many coaches throughout the day, and if you leave London at say 8am you will be in Paris by 4.30pm, allowing for the time difference.
The advantage of coach travel, if you have the time to spare, is that it is the cheapest way to go. At the time of writing there are fares from £39 return. If you’re on a budget and don’t mind overnight travel, you could travel overnight each way, save on the cost of a hotel room, and still have a full day in Paris.
You can check coach times, journey times and book London-Paris coach tickets online at the National Express Eurolines website.
The Paris bus station at Gallieni is north-east of the city centre, but it is right by a Metro station so you can take the Metro to wherever you’re going. The Gallieni station is the eastern terminus of the Number 3 Metro line, so there is only one way to go – west through central Paris. There are stops at major stations such as République, Bourse and Opéra.
Megabus also operates a direct coach service from London to Paris, via Boulogne. The service begins from Birmingham, then goes via Coventry and on to London then Boulogne and Paris.
In Paris the service arrives at the Porte Maillot coach park, next to the Palais de Congres de Paris. This is a good central location, near the Porte Maillot Metro station, which is just two stops from the Arc de Triomphe.
In Boulogne the Megabus also stops fairly centrally, at the Gare de Maritime, in the Place de la Republique, near the town centre.
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