Cheapest Way to Travel From London to Paris

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When heading out on an exciting backpacking trip from London to Paris, rest assured that you'll have several convenient options of transport to choose when crossing the English Channel. And if you're looking for the most budget-friendly route to Paris, then taking the Euroline bus is the cheapest way to go. Bus fares start at around 15 pounds, or under $30, which is certainly much less than you'll spend on a flight or Eurostar train ticket, which can run you $100 and up for one-way fares.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand-carry bag or luggage (depending on your length of stay in Paris)
  • Cash and/or credit cards
  • Passport (if you are a Non-EU citizen)
  • Identity Card (if you are an EU citizen)
  • Map of Paris, France
  • Guide book or information about Paris
  • French phrase book (if you're not familiar with the language)
  • Reading material, listening device, or laptop (for the 9 to 10 hour long bus trip)
  • Bottled drinks and snacks during the trip

Traveling from London to Paris

  • Book your bus ticket in advance by visiting the Eurolines website, specify your destination as Paris, your departing date and journey type--whether one-way, round trip or open dated return. Or you can call Eurolines at 08717 818181 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and handle booking transactions over the phone. Rates will vary depending on journey type.

  • Bring all necessary belongings for your trip, including anything you may need during the nine- to 10-hour bus ride, such as snacks and reading material.

  • Go to the Victoria Coach Station in London for departure to Paris.

  • Arrive at the Eurolines Coach Station in Paris, which is located above the Gallieni Metro Station. Make sure to keep your touring information and phrase book with you to ensure a smooth trip in Paris.

Tips & Warnings

  • For more discounts on your ticket fare, try searching on the Internet for promotional codes specialized for Euroline bus fares.
  • Bring water and other replenishments for the relatively long bus ride.
  • Consider packing a small pillow and/or blanket for extra comfort during the trip.
  • If necessary, remember to exchange your currency to Euros before or after you arrive in Paris.
  • There are Eurolines Plus buses available, which offer extra leg room during your trip.
  • Although the bus route is the cheapest way to get to Paris, remember that the trip takes a relatively long nine to 10 hours, whereas the Eurostar train route would get you there in two and a half hours.

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