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Day trip london to paris

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Day trip london to paris

What a great site!

My Mum and I will be in London for 2 weeks at the end of May, and, as this is her first trip O.S., I thought a side trip to Paris would be great. I am tossing up btw the day trip and o'nite. I have read quite a few posts on this already and at this stage the day trip is winning. My questions are...can these trips be purchased once we are in London, from where and is it more expensive than online?

I would really appreciate your input.

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1. Re: Day trip london to paris

If you are planning on going on the eurostar purchase your tickets as far in advance as possible for the cheap fares. The prices rise dramatically the closer to departure date you get.

Personally I'd do the overnight trip to get the most out of Paris that you can in 1 day as well as not completely exhausting yourself.

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We did Paris for the day and loved it. Was is enough time? no. Was it worth it? yes! We were there for around 7 hours. Got back to London Charing Cross about 9pm. Went to our favorite pub in the vicinity and ended up discussing the Excecution of Charles I with an elderly English gentleman. It was good to be back in London. Pub

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My nephew and I did the day trip during the Christmas/New Years week. If you just want to SEE Paris, it's worth it, but you might not have time for art galleries or museums.

We left Waterloo at about 7AM, arrived in Paris and took Metro to Cite to see Notre Dame. Went inside for a bit. Then took the metro over to Invalides took pics from Pont Alexander, with Eiffel Tower in the distance. From there, walked on over to the Champs de Elysee and continued walking up to Laduree to purchase some macaroons for later! Then took a break for lunch.

Continued walking up Champs de Elysee to Arc de Triumph (at this point it was snowing on us!) Then took metro again to Eiffel Tower - can't remember the metro stop. Stopped in some shops along the way. Took pics but did not go up in the tower. About that time we figured we should head back to Gare du Nord - arrived a bit early, but okay to sit in cafe until they announced our train back to London.

I booked the trip through Evan Evans. I don't think it was too expensive but I must admit sometimes I go for convenience over cost. Price included Eurostar tickets, all day metro pass and guide book.

It was my nephews first time in Paris - he admits it was somewhat rushed but LOVED every minute.

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Londongirl, pub7 and aunt D..thank you all for your input. As this trip is for Mum's 70th, I figure even a 'bullet' tour with the chance to see the main sites and the French countryside enroute make it viable.And your comments make it sound like a go-er.

Do the escorted tours increase in price also?

Suzanne

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I was interested in the replies you received to this question as we are going to be in London in Sept. and hoped to take the Chunnel to Paris for a day. I'd be interested in comparison of costs and time difference between the Chunnel and train or whatever mode of transportation is available. I didn't feel you got an answer to your question as to whether the trip could be purchased in London, from where and whether it was more expensive than online.

Also, your follow-up post about expense of escorted tours was not addressed. Can anyone help "Mum and I" and myself on these questions?

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Where can we get tickets?

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7. Re: Day trip london to paris

First of all, the Chunnel is not a mode of transport - it is a nickname for the Channel Tunnel itself. Your two quickest means of getting from London to Paris and back in a day are Eurostar and flying. As prices change regularly, you will have to do the price comparisons yourself between the cost of flying (and transport to & from airports) and Eurostar. The URLs for Eurostar and for websites that offer cheap flights are listed in the Sticky on page 1 entitled 'Websites for London Visitors. I've only ever purchased Eurostar tickets online through Eurostar's website, which offers a wide range of ticket prices. The Rail Europe website claims to offer a £6 reduction if you book with them online: http://www.raileurope.co.uk/europeantickets/. There is also a telephone service for tickets with Rail Europe: 0870 5 848 848 (from UK phones). I don't know how Eurostar's online prices compare with buying tickets at Waterloo International, but perhaps another poster will be able to answer this.

As with all other aspects of travel, the prices for escorted tours are subject to change (fuel cost rises being one of the more likely culprits). However, if you pay in full in advance, you will guarantee your price. Just ensure that you have read the cancellation penalties if you do this (e.g., cancellation within 14 days of departure incurs a 100% penalty).

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The answer to the question of if you can book in London is yes, but what we are all saying is that if you book in advance you will get the cheaper fares. For example booking in advance with the Eurostar you can get a one way fare for 27.50GBP this increases to well over 100GBP in the days before travel. I'm not sure if this is the case with organised tours but I would think booking in advance would be the sensible option so that you get to go on the day you have planned for.

To purchase Eurostar tickets in London you would need to go to Waterloo International where the Eurostar has ticket desks. You can also purchase in advance online and pick your tickets up from the station if you are concerned about postage or carrying tickets around.

Hope this helps a bit and that you enjoy your day in Paris!

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Thanks londongirl and theartgirl. As it is my Mum first ever trip and I haven't spent time in London since 1988, I am hedging about buying tickets beforehand because I would like to 'see how we feel'. But, with the price differences, that may be a luxury we can't afford. Do you know if the escorted tours allow for flexible departure dates...so that the tickets are purchased but can be used on a date to be fixed later? The idea of buying the tickets from the station prior is quite useful because it would allow a dry run to get there. We will be staying near Earls court tube...would you recommend a cab for the early start? And any idea of costs for a trip like that?

Once again thank you, your advice is invaluable. I have lots of questions, because I really want this to be a wonderful trip for Mum...and me.

Suzanne

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10. Re: Day trip london to paris

what about looking on the eurostar website and getting quotes for train + over night stay? Ive done this many times from Kent - cuts out the cost of the journey from London to the coast i know but still it may be poss to get return + one night for £140pp. Seems a lot but you reap what you sow and staying over and getting a late train back allows you those little luxuries.... visit the Musee Dorsay, the Marais, the Cluny (dont miss this one)& eat, drink and people watch loads! However you decided to go to Paris - it wont matter - just as long as you go!

happy birthday mum.x