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Traveling from London to Paris...

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Traveling from London to Paris...

We live in London and want to take a 3 or 4 day trip to Paris. What is the cheapest but fun way to do that. As far as trip packages and all. We will be driving our own vehicle through the tunnel. Thanks!

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1. Re: Traveling from London to Paris...

Unless a new one has been built recently, you will not be driving through the tunnel. There is a Eurostar train on which vehicles are loaded, which uses a tunnel. Or you can take a ferry. But you cannot drive through the tunnel.

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2. Re: Traveling from London to Paris...

Car ferry check www.poferries.com

Route planner www.viamichelin.com

Accommodation www.venere.com

www.parisinfo.com www.timeout.com/paris

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If you want to take your vehicle to France, check fares at www.eurotunnel.com for the journey from Folkestone to Calais.

If Paris is your destination, I should think that taking Eurostar from London St Pancras would be cheaper and probably more 'fun' than driving through Nord-Pas-de-Calais to Paris and then dealing with Paris traffic thereafter. Two and a quarter hours on the train from city centre to centre for about £60 per person return will be cheaper than a return through Eurotunnel plus petrol and parking.

Let the train take the strain.

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Why would you even contemplate taking a car to Paris? Apart from the pointlessness of having a car there, it would take substantially longer than Eurostar, and including parking fees, probably cost more, but you also mentioned, "fun" and that would definitely be removed driving into and around Paris :-)

BTW you say you live in London but your profile says Lakenheath, if as I suspect you are from the US would.you take your car for a weekend to New York? Same thing.

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5. Re: Traveling from London to Paris...

Driving to Paris? It will take you a day to get there and a day to get back. And you are allocating '3 or 4 days' to this?

Go by train. Book Eurostar as early as you can - bookings open up to 120 days before departure.


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If you're starting from Lakenheath, it might well look quicker - and possibly easier - to drive to Paris than to mess about with trains to London

But you're then stuck with what to do with the car in Paris. The easiest thing is actually to drive to Ebbsfleet or Ashford, park there then get the train. Given the cost of the shuttle under the Channel, autoroute tolls, petrol and Paris parking, probably cheaper too. Use a journey planner like viamichelin to look at alternative routes and times, and book the train as far ahead as possible for the lowest prices.

Incidentally, if you're going to confuse us all by telling us you live in Lakenheath but want to start from London, it's simple common sense (never mind common courtesy) to explain why. Otherwise you're going to get all kinds of weird advice from people who are trying to help but you've succeeded in completely misleading.

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7. Re: Traveling from London to Paris...

If you're only spending a day or two in Paris and intend touring other parts of Northern France by car, then the car is not a bad idea, although you will need to ensure your accomodation has parking and be prepared to pay (handsomely) for it. Otherwise, if Paris is all you want to see (along with places such as Versailles which are easily accessible by train) then Eurostar is the way to go.

Car may seem cheaper until you factor in costs such as green card (probably about £20) road tolls (42 euros for a trip from calais to Paris and back via autoroute), parking costs and any compulsory motoring kit you need in France and don't already have (warning triangle, hi-vis vests, headlight convertors and GB plate).

So - for touring holiday - car is fine but watch for parking charges; for a trip just to Paris - Eurostar will probably be better.

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8. Re: Traveling from London to Paris...

Breathalysers needed as well

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