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London to Paris

Greetings,

Two friends and myself will be in London and we would like to take a day trip to Paris. We are going in September and here's the problem. I've been looking into tour companies and have found that there are only a couple of days where companies will be going to Pairs. The Rugby World Cup will be going on during this time.

Should we use a tour company or go on our own?

Cheers--

Susan

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1. Re: London to Paris

www.eurostar.com - get the 1st train out, last train back.

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2. Re: London to Paris

To expand on the remarkably vague previous post:

Eurostar trains travel from Waterloo in central London to the Gare du Nord in the centre of Paris in about three hours. The journey is quite pleasant, with the train spending about 20 minutes under the Channel, the rest passing through the English and French countryside.

Paris is an easy city to navigate, as it's quite walkable - as an option, the Metro goes almost everywhere, with buses as backup. You can very likely arrange a hop on hop off tour of Paris when you get there, or choose two or three sights, then decide on more when you get to Paris.

A couple of things to remember - some museums and sights in Paris close on Mondays and/or Tuesdays, so do check on opening times if you plan to travel on those days. One day tickets for unlimited use on the Metro and bus are available - they're called Mobilis, and cost less than €6 - a bargain. You can book your Eurostar tickets at www.eurostar.com, and have the tickets sent to you or have them held for pickup at Waterloo.

Eurostar tickets can be booked from 120 days in advance of travel, and the sooner you book, the more chance you have of getting a good fare. Standard class is a comfortable way to travel, and Leisure Select is the strange name Eurostar have given First. LS offers wider seats with more pitch, three course meals with wine, and free newspapers and magazines. It's a nice way to travel, if you can find a good fare.

Paris is wonderful, and even for a day it's a real treat.

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If you choose to do it with a tour company, I would suggest Britainshrinkers.

www.britainshrinkers.com

We used them for a day trip to Paris last October and were very pleased with the service. In September, they escort tours Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

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I have to get from Paris to London in April - for a one way trip (12 year old and I) Eurostar would have cost GBP 380!!!!!!!!!!

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm - NO! I am flying Easyjet to Luton for a total of Euro90

The only probl;em with that for a day trip is the time spent getting to and from the airport but still.....

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I'm thinking we may go on our own!!

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"have to get from Paris to London in April - for a one way trip (12 year old and I) Eurostar would have cost GBP 380!!!!!!!!!!"

But if you had bought a cheap day return, the price would have been about £60 each (Not sure if child reductions, if so about £100 for both of you, (you just don't use the return bit, obviously)

This will also save the time, hassle and expense of getting to luton, and same for whichever french airport to Paris.

Price would be similar, time saved 4 or 5 hours.

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Travellerplus unlike some people I don't assume that people are such idiots that they need to be led through every step. Therefore I give the essential information and leave them to do further research / ask further questions.

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African daisy - re your eurostar price - were you looking at 1st class? I have prices of £150 in total for return for party of one adult and 2 'youths' (12 and 15). in May That was booking early within the 3 month opening of booking, but those prices were still holding when I last looked. My brother phoned yesterday from Paris, having gone there by Easyjet, and was busily weighing and cursing his baggage - he had done some shopping then realised, unlike Eurostar, he was very limited in his baggage weights. Also, add on the parking charges etc. at Stansted ,I'm not saying you were wrong, I just don't want the original poster (or others) to be alarmed at the £380 price tag. If that was the average price, Eurostar would not be the 'lets nip over to Paris for a couple of days' option very much favoured by Londoners.

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Valise, I'm assuming here, but I think African Daisy must have been looking at one-way fares, which, on Eurostar are very expensive. As Joe mentioned it is much cheaper to book a cheap return ticket and just not use the return portion. Eurostart tickets do become very expensive close to the date of travel, so the trick is to purchase them as far out as possible and take advantage of the cheap returns.

Suz, in reponse to our original question, I guess it really depends on what you are looking to get out of the trip, an overall view of the city or a really good look at one or two things. If it is the former, perhaps a tour would be for you, if you want to look at one or two sights in-depth then I would suggest that you may want to do the trip independently. As for the world cup, I know that there are people out there waiting for the Eurostar tickets to go on sale, plan your visit mid-week and book your tickets as soon as they go on sale and I can't see why you shouldn't get a reasonable fare.

P.S.if you do a search you should find many other posts on this subject including the opinions and experiences of people who have actually done the day trip.

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There will be high demand for travel over the World Cup dates - several hotel sites I looked on had their prices listed for that period , which were significantly higher, so they obviously think they will have no trouble filling hotel rooms.