Taking a day trip to Paris from London is a great way of making the most of your time in in London if you have a spare day that you are willing to give up to see the wonderful capital city of France, while enjoying your time in London.
One of the best ways to see Paris is by taking an escorted day trip to Paris with a reputable company that will allow you quick and easy access into Paris, and includes a guide to help you get around efficiently and answer any questions you may have. This article gives you a good overview of what you can expect and whether a day trip like this is right for you.
How long does it take to get from London to Paris?
The journey takes place on the Eurostar and you will leave from Kings Cross St Pacras at approx 7:00AM and it takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes from the moment you leave till the moment you arrive at Gare du Nord Station in the centre of Paris. You can get breakfast on board the train, and some of the tours will also actually pick you up from your London hotel and take you direct to the station to make life even easier for you.
Don’t forget that there is a time difference in Paris from London, they are one hour ahead so if you do book any attractions or tours, ensure you are aware of any time constraints and that you are looking at the correct time.
The return journey from Paris to London takes the same time, and you can expect to arrive back into London St Pancras at approx 10:15pm. Once you disembark the train you can expect to get a taxi back to your London hotel without any problems.
What to see while in Paris.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris is of course the Eiffel Tower, and this is usually the first place visitors to Paris want to head. You should be aware that during the Summer waiting times to get up the Eiffel can exceed two hours, but if you choose to wait it is a spectacular view over the capital of France.
Many visitors to France also want to head over to the Louvre Museum to see many of the famous artworks, but also because of the significance of the Museum in the book and film “The Da Vinci Code”. It is also quite a spectacular building to look at so even if you don’t plan on looking around the Museum you should take a chance just to look at the building itself.
If you want to try and see a bit of everything while in Paris then you should try the Paris Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus service, it takes approximately two hours to complete the entire circuit but the trip will take you around all of the main tourist hotspots and you can jump on and off where you like. This is a tremendously popular way of seeing Paris while on a budget and when you are short on time.
Finding time while visiting London to see Paris in a day is very popular, there are a few tour companies that offer London to Paris Tours which include hotel pick up, travel on the Eurostar and entrance fees and even a Cruise on the Seine and all at a decent price.