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Great Way To Travel From London to Paris for Cheap!

  • Mar 30, 2010
Many people this the best way to get from London to Paris is by taking the Chunnel. I would have to say, save some money and hope on a booze cruise!
London, England
When you are ready to start your departure from the hustle and bustle of London make your way towards Victoria Station.
London Victoria Station
At Victoria Station you'll want to buy your coach (bus) ticket. Usually the coaches line up outside of the station and you can buy a ticket right from the driver.
National Express Coach
You'll want to take the National Express Coach which will bring you to the port town of Dover in Southern England. The coaches are pretty nice and it's a great way to meet people while traveling through Europe.
Kent, England
While on the coach you'll probably be sleeping most of the time. But if you have some awake time make sure you take in the English countryside in the county of Kent. Mainly rolling hills and farms, but there are many interesting sites along the way.
When you arrive in Dover you'll notice a big castle up on the hill overlooking the rest of the town. Your coach will head down towards the port which will give you great views of the town. Once at the port you'll have to buy a ticket to hop on a ferry to go across the English Channel.
Although there are a few different ferry companies, SeaFrance is a good one to use. Typically you just buy a ticket from the ferry company with the next leaving ferry. Also while on board the ferry you should hit up the bar and turn your little trip into a booze cruise. I know from experience, go with the Kronenberg 1664!
White Cliffs of Dover
As you leave port on the ferry head towards the back of the ferry to see the White Cliffs of Dover. You'll see awesome views of the Southern Coast of England and you make your way across the English Channel.
English Channel
Trust me, it's a great story to tell people you crossed the English Channel by boat!
Calais, France
When the ferry ride is over you'll arrive in Calais. Not that great of a town, mainly a shipping port, but a good hub to get to many places in Europe. Make your way to the Calais Train Station. I took a taxi which didn't cost much but there are shuttles that can bring you there as well.
You'll probably want to hop on the Eurostar to get you into Paris. There are other train but most of them stop in a lot of towns along the way and can take longer to get to Paris. Make sure you check the time of the train correctly, I may have ended up in Brussels once by having a little miscommunication with the ticket salesman.
The Eurostar trains are fast but they are a great way to see the countryside. Northern France has some of the best views traveling past grassy plains and vineyards.
Gare du Nord
I arrived in the Gare du Nord train station in Paris when I did this trip. Regardless of what train station you end up at, watch out for little gypsy girls with postcards asking for money!
You're finally there. Soak it up and have a great time in the city of lights!
See the full review, "Paris, je t'aime!".

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April 02, 2010
This route is for those with lots of leisure time. I'd love to fly into Paris by heli or a private jet! ;-)
April 02, 2010
That would be great! If I had the money I'd rent a helicopter to fly me from London to Paris!
April 02, 2010
Yes, imagine flying across the landscapes and also checking up all the buildings up close! That would be one romantic flight! ;-)
March 31, 2010
Great list, Ryan! According to Google Maps, I can kayak, too, but I'd rather take one of these fun, scenic routes ;)
March 31, 2010
Woah! I don't think I'd ever kayak across the English Channel. That just sounds gnarly!
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