What is the cheapest way to travel from London to Paris?
Thank you in advance.
Megabus, £9 if bought in advance.
But I wouldn't wish that journey on my worst enemy. Well, I would.......
Try advance booking a Eurostar train, way in advance.
How far is "way" in advance? I'm looking at 2 months from now.
And how long is the trip via the bus/rain?
Book your Eurostar ticket NOW for the best deal. The later you leave it, the higher the price.
Train takes 2 hours 15 minutes, centre to centre.
Megabus takes 8 hours, includes a ferry across the channel.
Just checked, tickets are as low as £5. I have taken the bus as a student, its fine, reasonable leg room, a stop for the toilet and the ferry ride.
I would pay for the train if budget allows.
I didn't know that Megabus did a ticket to Paris, but I have been on a Eurolines coach (bus).
Luckily, the crossing was by ferry rather than by train. If you can arrange to do it that way, then you get the benefit of a sea crossing and can stroll around the ship.
You will, however, lose a day in travel as Chris has said. So it's a trade-off between price and time, and is up to you to decide.
Have a look at message 79 by Kennydon on this thread
"3. The 10.00 p.m. coach from London and the 11.00 p.m. from Paris were both meant to go via the Eurotunnel. However, it was ferry on the way and Eurotunnel on the way back. Apparently, they book one Eurotunnel berth, but they were busy so the other two coaches got the ferry option. We made such good time that we boarded the ferry directly behind the 9.00 p.m. coach departure.
I would actually next time (yes, I'm actually considering it), go via the ferry. Eurotunnel on a coach is not good. You all have to get off at the French check point, take ALL your luggage to be x-rayed, etc. Now, its fine for me with a day-pack but consider if there are families with children and lots of luggage. You can imagine how long that all took. One chap had lost his ID card, so he was left at the first check point. Then all back on board for about 500 meters, then off again at the English check point (ID only required this time). Then wait for the next Eurotunnel departure. No - ferry for me."Edited: 14 January 2013, 22:51
I see that she took the 9 pm coach from London and arrived in Paris at 7 am, which I suppose saves the cost of a night in a hotel if you did the same thing.
If it was me, and the train fare was too expensive, I'd choose to get the plane rather than the coach (I don't like long coach journets). You can get a return for about £60 in two months time.
Try the flight checker.
It's not as convenient as the train of course, and you'll have other charges too.
Checking a random date 2 months ahead - Wednesday 20th March - all Eurostar trains to Paris still have seats at £39.00.
To stand the best chance of getting cheaper fares, travel midweek (Tue/Wed/Thur).
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