Two iconic cities, Paris and London have never felt closer thanks to high-speed train travel, which puts Paris at a 2.5-hour train ride from London on the Eurostar. Here are a few ways to see the City of Light on a trip from the English capital.
Day Trips By Rail
Even if you only have one day to spare, you can cover a lot of ground in Paris. Upon arrival by rail, travelers can take a Seine River cruise, opt to use free time to explore on their own, or head to the Louvre for a guided tour. It's also possible to squeeze in a trip to Versailles. Those celebrating a special occasion might choose a tour that includes a champagne lunch atop the Eiffel Tower and an overview of Paris sights by coach. Upgrade to first-class train tickets to enjoy a served meal on the journey.
Independent bookings are ideal for those who want the flexibility of touring Paris on their own but prefer the ease of having tickets and passes pre-booked. You can hit the ground running with a Paris attractions pass or hop-on hop-off bus tour.
Multi-Day Rail Tours
If you want more time in Paris and a hassle-free tour experience, choose a 2- or 3-day tour from London. Some of these rail tours include a tour guide and the option to add in a trip to Versailles, while others take a more independent approach with more free time. Accommodations and some meals are typically included.
Things to Know
- Paris is set about 186 miles (299 kilometers) southeast of London, a journey of about 2.5 hours by train.
- Trains depart regularly from St. Pancras station in London.
- You'll need a passport or a national identity card (for EEA citizens and Swiss nationals) for the trip between England and France.
- Depending on which tour you book, meals and beverages may or may not be included.
- Taking a tour of Paris will help you prioritize what to see and do with your time in the city.