Going from London to Paris by train is something we look forward to every time. Taking the Eurostar from London’s St Pancras International Station makes it feel like your vacation has begun right away. You know you’ll be arriving in the Gare du Nord, in the heart of Paris, in a few hours. Unlike flying, the train journey is usually stress-free and enjoyable – there’s countryside to see, you can read, chat, or work on your laptop if you need to. You also go from city centre to city centre.
The only way to make Paris and back in a day is to get a day return on the Eurostar. If you’re an early riser you could leave St Pancras International soon after 5am and be in Paris in time for breakfast. Even by leaving at a more reasonable 8am or so, you’ll be having lunch in Paris. You could stay in Paris till about 9pm, having an early supper, and because of the time difference you’d be back in London by 10.30pm or so. It’s a lovely day trip – though make it a few days if you can. You can also book train tickets from London to Paris through the Voyages-Sncf website, and you can book Eurostar tickets online on the Raileasy website.
Journey time from city centre to city centre is now down to 2hr 15 mins on the fastest trains, with some trains taking slightly longer. The fastest trains are direct but some trains stop at either Ebbsfleet International or Ashford International on the way.
You should shop around and compare prices as there are several different places where you can buy Eurostar tickets. You can book tickets online direct at the Eurostar website. You can also book London-Paris train tickets through the Voyages-Sncf website and through SNCB Europe and Raileasy too.
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