paris airport vs london airport

Mar 2nd, 2006, 02:56 PM
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paris airport vs london airport

I'm planning a provence trip
if i use british airways, i will have to do the gatwick to heathrow transfer for the return
If I go air france, i'll have to do the orly to degaulle transfer on the return.
Any suggestions, easier? least hassle?
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Mar 2nd, 2006, 03:51 PM
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Haven't done the Orly-CDG transfer, but have done Gatwick-Heathrow. It's easy, but allow 4 hours between flights because of traffic and other possible snafus.
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Mar 2nd, 2006, 04:08 PM
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National Express has direct coach (bus) service between Gatwick and Heathrow. The general rule of thumb is to allow five hours between scheduled arrival at any London airport and scheduled departure from another, but four hours (barring traffic jams) is sufficient for LGW-LHR.

Air France offers coach service between Orly and CDG, but traffic can be an issue. The fastest way is to take the Orlyval driverless shuttle train from Orly to the Antony RER station (10 minutes) and the RER B from Antony to CDG (just over an hour)
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Mar 3rd, 2006, 12:10 AM
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Hi

have you thought of London , then low cost airlines ?

There are buses between the London airports and some very cheap flights available. Check out easy jet & ryanair

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Mar 3rd, 2006, 04:12 AM
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DON'T and I repeat DON'T use Ryanair to get to Paris. Ryanair's Paris is some place out in the sticks and is nowhere near Paris.

Try Easyjet from LTN as you can get a direct Thameslink train to Luton Airport Parkway station & then get the free shuttle bus to the airport proper.

Just allow 4-5 hours between flights and check the luggage limits as they are a lot lower than for transatlantic flights. Going over the limits will seriously damage your wallet
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Mar 3rd, 2006, 04:15 AM
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BTW it will probably work out just as cheap to get the Eurostar from Waterloo - just remember that return tickets (which have lots of restrictions) are cheaper than one way tickets (few restrictions) and that Eurostar doesn't object if you don't use the return portion
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Mar 3rd, 2006, 06:39 AM
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alanRow

They are trying to get to Provence ?

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Mar 3rd, 2006, 11:45 AM
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Depending on just where in the south of France you need to be and how flexible you can be about that, there might still be better options than transferring between the two big London or Paris airports if you snoop around. Like

~ flying from Gatwick to Marseille with easyJet,

~ flying from Gatwick with easyjet to Geneva and - in about 4 hours - by fast train to Avignon (maybe using those four hours on the train that you would have been using for an airport transfer in London or Paris...)

~ to Avignon from Southampton with Flybe (about two hours on the train from Gatwick, still quicker than going to Heathrow or across Paris),

~ to Chambery from Southampton with Flybe then train it down the Rhone valley (probably no net gain but could be fun),

~ train it up to Stansted and fly Ryanair to Grenoble,

~ train it up to Stansted and fly Ryanair to Montpellier,

~ train it up to Stansted and fly Ryanair to Toulon,

~ train it up to Luton and fly with Ryanair to Nimes,

All these depend on time of year (some are seasonal), and how soon you can book at what fare, and what difference it would make (savings in money or time or both or none) if you took your first (transatlantic?) ticket only to London and back.

The Paris-Beauvais airport that AlanRoww so vehemently forbids - repeat - forbids you to even consider is actually not such a bad deal, on a good day it can be more convenient than the dreaded CDG - a bus takes you straight there or from there into town, and when you're there it's more like a big bus stop than the CDG disaster - not bad.

All this just to show that there are options galore.

WK
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Mar 3rd, 2006, 02:56 PM
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Charles de Gaulle airport is a nightmare; avoid if whenever possible.
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Mar 3rd, 2006, 04:04 PM
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mpprh, they have other trains in France and it's generally a lot easier to get from Paris to elsewhere in France than it is to arrive at a regional airport then get to your final destination from there
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Mar 3rd, 2006, 06:03 PM
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Date: 03/03/2006, 05:56 pm
Charles de Gaulle airport is a nightmare; avoid if whenever possible.



ditto
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