London to Paris

Old Mar 9th, 2004, 09:50 AM
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London to Paris

How long is the train ride from London to Paris and can a round trip be done in one day?
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Old Mar 9th, 2004, 10:03 AM
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about 3 hours give or take, and yes. But you really could have discovered this info on your own with even a teensy bit of research. If you do a search for "Eurostar" you will find literally hundreds of posts about the London/Paris rail connection . . . .
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It's three hours and it can be done in one day but I certainly wouldn't do it. Of course you don't say if you only need to visit a specific location or are planning the trip to Paris to see the city. If it's the latter I'd say "forget it"
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Old Mar 9th, 2004, 02:19 PM
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Hundreds of thousands of us do it every year. It's a great day out.

If you're based reasonably centrally, get the 6-ish, which gets you in around 10 (they're an hour ahead of us).

Come back on a train round 7, getting in around 9.

Lots of time to have a decent lunch, stroll round a bit, catch up on the current blockbuster exhibition at the Grand Palais, and see a French film that's never going to get shown in the real world.

A bit more time spent travelling than, say, a day out in Stratford or Stonehenge.

But the food's infinitely better than you'd find on a day trip to Edinburgh. And the language they speak is a lot easier to understand than the one you'd encounter on a day trip to Durham or Glasgow.

Remember: there is no law that says every visitor to Paris must see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. A few hours sitting in a decent restaurant will teach you far more about the French than the same time spent exhaustedly traipsing round some "must see" museum.

Holidays are meant for enjoyment. A day in Paris always guarantees that.
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Old Mar 9th, 2004, 02:29 PM
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<<If you do a search for "Eurostar" you will find literally hundreds of posts about the London/Paris rail connection>>

And if she didn't know that name, she was supposed to divine it how?

Do you know the molecular weight of that small 5-atom molecule that combines carbon and hydrogen, Janis? Will it rise to the ceiling, or sink to the floor in a room filled wth neon?

Oh yes silly me... a simple search on _______ has the answer; of course, it is _____er.

It is true, Angie, a lot of people do this as a round trip in one day; personally, I would rather alter the itinerary.

Best wishes,

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Old Mar 9th, 2004, 02:40 PM
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flanneruk, well said. Sure a week in Paris is wonderful, but one day is better than none!! I have a friend living in St. Albans who takes his two grandsons to lunch anywhere they want to go on each of their birthdays. They both pick out places in Paris. Well-bred, those teenagers!
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"Well-bred" or brats?
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m-kingdom - They're well bred....you're the brat.

Grow up
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Unbelievable, m_kingdom, calling a teenager who appreciates a great meal in Paris a brat. Simply unbelievable!!!
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Patrick it's not unbelievable when you consider the uneducated source of the comment!

Angie, check out www.eurostar.com for more information. I think a day trip from London to Paris would be wonderful - enjoy it!
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We did a one-day on Eurostar to Paris several years ago. It was a great day, and it was even more fun because my husband surprised me with it. We took the 6 am train as an earlier poster suggested, and a 8pm return train. This gave us enough time to take the hop on/hop off bus tour, visit the Musee d'Orsay and have a great lunch. Sure more time would have been better, but it sure beat not going at all! It wasn't really a very rushed day, and we slept on the train both going and coming. I'd heartily recommend it.
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Old Mar 10th, 2004, 12:28 PM
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Why not do it? If yu have the time and money and as long as you aren't going over there to wear yourself out running around trying to "see" everything...or even if you do decide to do that. As was stated earlier, people do it all the time for all sorts of reasons and I am convinced those "reasons" are all completely valid. So, go for it!
 
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The Eurostar is now faster than ever. I am going in May and it now takes only 2 hrs and 35 minutes to get from London to Paris.
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