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London to Paris: Why you should take the train rather than the plane to save time

By LLM Reporters  |  December 19, 2019

While there’s no shortage of opulent buildings, incredible landmarks, great food, and a buzzing art scene for those to enjoy who live in London, Paris gives London a run for its money in all of these areas.

Millions of people flock to France’s capital every year to experience a luxurious life as a Parisian, even if just for a few days. When visiting the ‘city of lights’ you’ll certainly want to eat at Parisian restaurants and go on a private tour, which is one of the best ways to eat like a local and also learn about the city’s history and culture.

For Londoners who want to escape to the French capital, our advice is to board a train and book the Eurostar, and there are plenty of reasons why.

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For Londoners who want to escape to the French capital, our advice is to board a train and book the Eurostar. Image credit: Nathan Gallagher


Unless you’re flying first class or have extra leg room, the plane is not generally the most comfortable way to travel. Not that you have tons of room on a train either, but it’ll be easier to walk around and stretch your legs and, if you’re with small children, it’ll be easier to find an area between the carriages where you can settle them down when they get tired. There’s generally more space to sit in the train, and you’re allowed to use electronic devices at any time with the free Wi-Fi.

The Eurostar provides some great perks, too. Select the Business Premier tickets and you’ll be allowed three pieces of luggage (and one hand luggage), free cancellation, hot meals and Champagne, extra-wide seats and an exclusive lounge area.

You’ll also find yourself in the city centre if you travel by train, which saves you the effort of arranging a connecting train or taxi from the airport. If you search on Omio for Eurostar tickets to Paris, you can find a good return price, even for the Business option.

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth

Save time

The train ride from London to Paris with the Eurostar takes around two hours and 15 minutes – around one hour longer than a flight but, ultimately still faster. The total time at the airport quickly adds up, especially when considering the time you’ll need getting to one of the airports outside of London. Checking in luggage, getting through security, the passport checks and extra time spent waiting at the gate or on the runway for the next departure slot all take time.

The Eurostar departs from St. Pancras International, which is on the underground’s circle line and close to King’s Cross. Although you’ll need to be at St. Pancras 30 minutes before your train for check-in, this isn’t so much to ask because you’ll be dropped off in the heart of Paris, Gare du Nord.

There are also around 20 trains per day, so there are far more options if you’re either an early bird or like to sleep in a bit. It doesn’t hurt that taking the Eurostar from London to Paris is said to generate 91% fewer carbon emissions than flying, either, so your conscience will be clearer and you can enjoy your trip in the beautiful city.