London’s circumference to Paris gives Londoner’s a distinct advantage. A weekend holiday in Paris isn’t enough to take in all it has to offer, but flights can be arranged for as little as £71 for a round trip ticket. There are nearly 40,000 flights scheduled between London and Paris each week. Flying time is only one hour and fifteen minutes in duration. Your holiday in Paris could become a habit for whenever you wish a change of scenery and a bit warmer climate.
Comfort and convenience are the main reasons people choose to fly between London and Paris. Other means of transport are available, including ferry services and the Eurostar high-speed train. The ferry is the cheapest option and the most practical for those who wish to transfer their vehicles to the mainland. Standard costs are £45 per person, plus additional fees for vehicle transfer.
If you love to travel by water and have an unhurried time schedule, ferry services can be very appealing. It will take up to nine hours to self-drive your way into Paris if you choose to go by ferry, once you add in the hour and a half drive into Dover’s Eastern Docks ferry station, the actual trip by ferry, which is two and a half hours across the Channel, and another drive from the Calais ferry station into France, which will consist of an additional three to four hours. Once you add in the cost of petrol, the expense will be comparable to flying, although you will have your own vehicle for leisurely touring the countryside.
At £69 return for adults, £66 return for seniors and students, the train costs are comparable to air travel. The comfort standards are average, and most train connections are direct, although you may experience one or two stopovers. Trains depart Saint Pancras international rail service in London and arrive at Paris’ Gare du Nord station. Your total travel time will amount to around three hours, barring delays and stopovers. For those who are not accustomed to it, travelling underwater may feel a little peculiar. Air pressure will change slightly and sounds will seem somewhat muffled.
All the major airlines, including British Airways and Air France, offer several flights a day, as do the more budget-oriented airlines, such as Ryanair and easy jet. The majority of flights leaving for Paris are scheduled in the afternoon, which means you will arrive in time for a fabulous Paris dinner and some unwinding time at your hotel.
To get your best deals, as well as the most convenient locations, you should check with all London airports offering flights to Orly and Charles De Gaulle airports, Paris, France. While it can be a little more expensive, if you are running on a tight time schedule, it’s best to make a reservation well in advance as flight offers can be subject to availability.
The cheapest flight offers for France are through using the Beauvais Airport, which is located outside Paris. Many of the budget airlines use Beauvais, including Ryanair, Sterling, Blue Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Wizzair.
Beauvais Tille Airport (BVA) is located about 80 kilometres northwest of Paris, but its extensive transportation services will help you arrive at Paris without a great deal of anxiety. Buses leave for Paris every twenty minutes after each flight arrival. The fare is 16 per person and the travel time is 75 minutes. You can buy your bus tickets online, or in the arrivals hall. The bus will take you to the Coach Parking Lot, just north of the Hotel Concorde La Fayette at Porte Maillot. From the parking lot, turn right and walk to the Paris Congress Centre, where you will find a Metro station inside and a RER (rapid transit train) across the street.
There are also trains leaving from Beauvais to Paris, although the bus system is faster and more convenient. The Beauvais Airport Shuttle runs seven passenger vans between Beauvais and Paris hotels. It also offers services to Charles De Gaulle Airport and Disneyland Paris. The rates are considerably higher than what you would pay for a bus trip, cancelling out any savings you may have hoped to gain by taking a budget airline into Beauvais.
If you have a tight itinerary of places to go and things to do within a short time frame, a package deal can be your most appetising venture. British Airways offers four-day package deals that include carefully selected hotels, such as the Val d’Europe or the Waldorf Astoria. Package deals can include a stay at the Kyriad Disneyland Resort Paris.
Most veteran travellers between London and Paris, however, prefer to use budget airline offers and choose their own hotels, unless the package deal involves one night free for each three consecutive days, which can amount to substantial savings, as well as an easily arranged holiday. They recommend doing a flight and hotel search online through Expedia, Kayak or similar service. There is more research involved, but you will not be limited by timeframes or hotel choices. The cheapest operators are Aer Lingus and IcelandAir, but your trip will involve stopovers.
If you booked your flight with a low-budget carrier, chances are you will arrive at the Orly Airport. Orly is connected by two RER lines and two buses. If you choose a RER line, you’ll have a chance to experience the very high-tech shuttle, Orlyval, which never fails to entertain the children riding it, especially if their seats are up front.
The Roissey- Charles De Gaulle International Airport is connected by train, bus, car, taxi or shuttle. The least expensive transportation option is the RER regional trains and the buses, all operated by RATP, the Paris Regional Transit Authority. Purchase a Metro Pass for six zones and you can take the RER train directly into Central Paris.
In Paris, you will find that trains are a far more popular form of transportation than bus services. The trains are very fast and efficient and can carry you to your destination without fighting traffic. There are six train terminal stations in Paris, all of which are at different locations within the city and are easily accessed by metro, bus or RER.