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Paris for a day

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Paris for a day

Hello, we are usually an all-incusive resort loving couple who spend are vacay lounging on a beach soaking in the sun.This year airway miles have given us an amazing oportunity to see places we have only dreamed of. We are determined to learn and see all that we can and know this forum is the place to go when questions arive!

Without a lot of this sort of travel under us I was wondering If anyone has used a particular travel company for a one day trip to Paris that they felt was worth the cost and enjoyable? I know many say to do it alone but we are a little nervous of that!

My husband and I appreciate any advice!

Thank you!

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1. Re: Paris for a day

I have

Company is Eurostar. They operate the frequent high speed train service between London and Paris. There are very early morning departures from London St. Pancras. And evening departures from Paris Gare du Nord.. Running new trains, too. It makes for a LONG day. But it is very doable.

Edited: 21 October 2017, 03:11
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Assuming you are starting from London, then the only feasible way of taking a day trip to Paris is to get the Eurostar train from St Pancras station in London.

It is best to book tickets in advance at www.eurostar.com, as buying on the day can be really expensive.

Journey time to the Gare Du Nord in Paris is about 2.5 hours, but you must be at the station at least 30 minutes beforehand to check in and go through security (similar to an airport)

Once in Paris, there is a sightseeing bus that departs from outside the Gare Du Nord (http://www.paris.opentour.com/en/)

Coming back, you have to be at the Gare Du Nord at least 30 minutes before departure to go through check in and security.

Do also make sure to put your watch forward by one hour when in France, as the time in France is one hour ahead of the UK. If you don't, then there is a risk that you will turn up at the station too late to catch your train.

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3. Re: Paris for a day

Fly to London, train to Paris, then fly home from Paris.

You’ll enjoy it.

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Agree with post #3! Also, you don’t need a travel company for the trip, with just a little bit of advance research, you can handle the trip on your own. The Eurostar to Paris is so easy, it’s nothing like horrible Amtraks here lol. Paris is pretty easy to navigate via public transport and very walkable. If you’ll have cellular access, googlemaps is great for navigating. Have a wonderful trip.

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"but you must be at the station at least 30 minutes beforehand to check in and go through security (similar to an airport)"

It isn't similar to an airport!

There are no liquid restrictions for starters, but you still have to go through border control and security.

The general advice is now to arrive at least 45 mins before your Eurostar train departs to allow extra time for all of the people who turn up at the same time 30 mins before departure (or later) who then cause a mad rush for the train!

If you know the date you want to travel to Paris then book ASAP because Eurostar tickets go on sale 6 months in advance and the cheaper tickets will get snapped up, especially during rush hour and busy travel periods such as at the weekend.

www.eurostar.com

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welcome,

congrats on your trip to Europe and not being a beach potato.

I think you may find that its a cool and different way to travel instead of just being a beach bum. Although a beach bum has its draw.

Some people love tours and not having to do any work. All they need to do is to make sure they show up. If thats you, then a tour it is.

If you are worried about not speaking the local lingo, dont. The Parisians are use to English , Americans and many other tourist. If they dont speak english, they will let you know. No different if someone came up to you at home and started to speak spanish.

You can do it yourself, if you choose to and want to. Again, if you dont want to, then dont. But if you want to, all you need to do is to book your Eurostar tickets sooner than later so you dont pay alot for your tickets. Also, remember that they are+1 hours ahead so you will want to remember that on your way back.

Some people want to play it safe and thats fine. But so many people travel to Paris and dont speak the lingo and make it back without any issues. You just have to want it bad enough and be willing to try.

one last comment.

Try reading some travel books on London/UK or Paris/France and places you want to travel to.. You will be surprised how much info is in them and how to get to/from each place.

If you learn how to use the Tube in London, once you get over to Paris, the metro wont be so scary. The names and places will be different, but look at the subway maps and stations and see what they are telling you. Im sure you will figure it out.

Also, you can try to learn some of the local lingo too. I may not remember everything the next day, but its something i like doing. You may find you like it too, but wont know unless you try.

good luck.

Edited: 21 October 2017, 06:37
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The only reason you'd really want to use a tour company for a day trip to Paris is if their prices work out cheaper than purchasing Eurostar tickets independently. If you're looking at buying Eurostar tickets close to your travel dates they can get really expensive and in that case the tour companies might work out cheaper since they bulk buy their Eurostar tickets in advance. There are also a few other places to look for deals. Your options for finding eurostar tickets are nicely summarized here:

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Thank you so much for your advice. We live in a very small community. Have never even been on the subway! We have been all over the Caribbean but not much else. So this is an exciting step for us!

We will definitely look into trying it on our own!

Thanks again!

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Are you using a guided tour to get from small town Ohio to London?

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10. Re: Paris for a day

The London tube is pretty easy to navigate as far as undergrounds go. Clear signage and if you mistakenly get on the wrong train, just get off at the next stop and turn around. Same with the Paris Metro, except it will be in French so it may be slightly more challenging but still same concept.

Have a great trip!

Edited: 22 October 2017, 03:43
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