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London and Paris - top destinations
London and Paris are unique cities yet share some similarities. Both are Capitals and the largest cities of their respective countries. Both are situated on the banks of rivers, London on Thames and Paris on Seine. Both are homes to popular languages of the world, English and French respectively. Both are important financial, cultural centres and huge tourist attractions. Millions of people, for various reasons, travel from England to France, especially from London to Paris every year. Some are regular travellers, some occasional and others first-timers.
As expected, there are several ways to commute between these two metropolises. Which mode of travel will be more suitable will depend upon certain factors. We will discuss one by one.
Travel by Road
To travel from London to Paris, one of the options is by road. There are coach services available between these two cities. They are cheap, but of course not the quickest choice. Depending on the traffic conditions and the coach service we choose, a typical one way journey will take between 7 and 9 hours. We can select an overnight journey to make it doubly cost effective as accommodation for that night will be avoided. Also one can reach the destination in the morning and make use of the full day for the intended reason of travel.
Common companies providing such coach services are Flixbus and BlaBlaBus. The fares start from about £12. One can hop on one of these coaches at the Victoria Coach Station which is located centrally in London.
The coach service is a suitable pick if one is on a budget and not in a hurry.
Travel by Air
Next common mode of travel between London and Paris is by air. London has a bunch of airports namely Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), Stansted (STN), Luton (LTN), City (LCY) and Southend (SEN), from where one can take a flight to the city of Paris. Airport to be used will depend upon the type of flight taken and sometimes preference of location. Several options of airlines, from full service British Airways to budget carriers like easyJet are available for the travellers.
Depending on the airport used, as discussed above, a typical flight from London to Paris will take between 1 hour 15 minutes and 1 hour 45 minutes. As we know, this is just the flying-time and total time taken for the journey will be much higher. This will include time to and from the airport and time spent at the origin and destination airports. Depending on type of service and other factors, fares start at about £50 for a passenger.
Accordingly, for a fair comparison, the cost of reaching the airport and then onwards to the hotel at the destination should also be considered along with the price of the actual flight ticket.
Travel by Train
Finally, let us cover the train option from London to Paris. Eurostar has a daily service between these cities. A typical direct journey will take about two hours and fifteen minutes.
Connectivity is quite good as this route has hourly frequency of trains, the first service starting early in the morning. Due to this, is possible to start from London in the morning, do your thing in Paris and hustle back in the evening to your bed in London in the night.
The train journey starts and ends in the hearts of both the metropolises. One can catch the Eurostar from the St Pancras station in London and disembark at Gare du Nord station in Paris. This makes it quite time-efficient and accordingly preferred mode of travel. The two stations are charming and are landmarks in their own right.
The fares depend on various factors and it is suggested to book well in advance for securing a good deal. There are three different classes of seating to choose from depending on comfort and budget. Like flights, there are overhead compartments for the hand luggage. The main luggage can be kept on racks at the end of the coach, near the doors. There is an on board bar-buffet to deal with those hunger pangs during the journey.
The train passes through the Channel Tunnel and also offers great sights of the country-side along the way.
Without a doubt, this is my suggested mode of transport between the cities of London and Paris.
© 2020 RISHI
Liz Westwood from UK on November 19, 2020:
I have not travelled by coach, but I have done the other two. I have also taken the ferry from Dover to Calais and driven by car. Flights are quick, but the airport is a little way outside the city. We took a train from Charles de Gaulle airport into Paris. Eurostar takes you from the centre of one city into the centre of the other and is my preferred option. Luggage is not so limited as with flying. You generally take as much as you can carry on the train.