Coming to Paris from London

January 18, 2009

If you’re looking for a quick and hassle free way to get to Paris from London the best option would be to take the Eurostar train (top speed of 300 km/h or 186 mph) which makes the journey across the channel (or rather underneath it) in just 2 hours and 35 minutes. Sure, the flight time to Paris from London is only about an hour and 20 minutes, but that does not take into account the total time added on from commuting by train from both airports (about another 1 hour 15 minutes) and the time it takes to check in.

The Eurostar train, with 16 daily services running right into the Paris city centre is especially ideal for those who may only have time to spend one day in the “City of lights”.

The London Eurostar Terminal can be found at Waterloo International Station which is located close to the London Eye. The Eurostar service to the Euro Disney Resort in Paris also leaves from here. Rail pass holders should remember to bring their passes along as they are eligible to quite a discount, while concession fares are available for young people and those on wheelchairs. Remember, each person is allowed up to 2 pieces of luggage and try to check in about 30 minutes before departure (Check in closes twenty minutes before the scheduled departure time).

Another great advantage of using Eurostar is that it arrives right in the heart of Paris at the 19th century Gare Du Nord Station. The station also has Metro services (lines 4 and 5) and RER (commuter train) services (lines B, D and E) which provide easy access to the many sights and sounds of this romantic city. Outside the Gare Du Nord station one will also find public bus services and a taxi rank. If you have the time, there is no better way to take in Paris than by enjoying a leisurely stroll through the city.

The Gare Du Nord station is located in the 10th arrondissement (a small district in Paris, and Paris is divided into twenty such arrondissement) of Paris, which is home to the picturesque Canal St. Martin and the historic Place de la Republique. Charming restaurants and cafes abound in the area, while close by you will also find the magnificent Sacre Coeur basilica which stands atop Montmartre Hill.



  1. Every place have their own different attraction…….their culture, their traditions…Traveling during the holidays is always interesting. I also having some good information about India travel…..

  2. Eurostar moved from Waterloo to St. Pancras in 2007.
    Eurostar’s On The Move In 2007 – to St. Pancras International http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/about_eurostar/press_release/press_archive_2004/15_11_04_2.jsp

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