Looking for the cheapest train from London to Paris? Here’s my ultimate guide to London to Paris train tickets, how to plan your journey, and where to find cheap train tickets!
If there’s only one city as iconic as London, it’s Paris. And what better way to end a trip to the Big Smoke with a visit to the city of lights…with a train view perhaps?
Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about going from London to Paris by train, including costs, how to find the cheapest tickets, and when to book. Let’s get you to Paris!
Cost Breakdown of London to Paris Train Tickets
Train tickets from London to Paris range anywhere from £29 one-way, or £58 return, all the way up to £115 for one-way and nearly £200 return. With that said, I’ve always been able to get mine in the £29 (or £58) range by booking early and traveling off-peak.
How to Find the Cheapest Train Tickets From London to Paris and When to Book
If you’re combining a trip with London to Paris, I suggest booking your train tickets along with your Paris accommodation in advance. Tickets are available up to six months before your departure date, but even at three months in advance, you should be able to get a £58 return ticket.
Apparently, you can find the cheapest tickets from midday on Monday to midnight Thursday — and midday to midnight on Saturdays (Paris time). Much like London transport, to save money you’ll want to travel “off-peak”. Off-peak times on the Eurostar are usually between 10:00 to 15:30, 19:15 onwards, weekends, and bank holidays.
Return tickets from London to Paris are almost always cheaper, so avoid buying separate single tickets for your trip.
Trainline along has a nifty little price prediction tool to help you gauge when the best time to buy tickets would be.
P.S- If you’re British of European you can get the InterRail Pass for even more discounts!
Best Sites to Find Cheap London to Paris Train Tickets
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, you should never pay full price for train tickets. There’s too many discounts lying around! And most of them are hiding on Trainline.
A comparison site that scours the internet for the best train prices around Europe; I use Trainline to find tickets for all my European
escapades adventures to make sure I’m getting the best deal.
Simply pop in ‘London to Paris’, the date and time you want to leave (choose the off-peak option), and it’ll find you the cheapest tickets guaranteed.
Tickets are sent straight to your phone and email. Voila! C’est fini!
The Best Way to Get from London to Paris by Train
The quickest, easiest (and most scenic) way to travel from London to Paris, is by Eurostar, a high-speed train linking London to Paris, Lille and Brussels.
Between overhearing conversations from people all over Europe, lazying into a book, and watching country by country slip by your window — the trains are an experience in itself, plus, you get to skip the airport commute and security checks.
Types of Tickets & Amenities on the Eurostar
There are three types of classes on the Eurostar:
Standard: Lets you bring up to 2 pieces of luggage (and 1 hand luggage), you can exchange your tickets up to 14 days before, and there’s an onboard buffet to purchase some drinks and snacks for your journey.
Standard Premier: Same luggage allowance and exchange rules, but seats are more spacious and you’ll be served a light meal and drinks during your journey.
Business Premier: Lets you bring up to 3 pieces of luggage (and 1 hand luggage), free cancellation, and no change fees. You’ll be served a hot meal and champagne during your journey, with spacious seats, an exclusive lounge, and a taxi booking service.
What Station Do I Need to Leave From to go From London to Paris?
To get from London to Paris by train you’ll need to go to London St. Pancras station and you’ll arrive at Paris’ Gare du Nord station, about 30 minutes from the Eiffel Tower.
How Long is the Train Ride From London to Paris?
If you can believe it, the train ride from London to Paris is only 2 hours!
Yep, you can find yourself going from Big Ben to sitting under the Eiffel Tower in the span of a good movie.
What About Refunds?
Whether you buy your tickets from Trainline or Eurostar, the refund policy is the same.
‘Standard’ and ‘Standard Premier’ tickets are non-refundable. But you can exchange your tickets from London to Paris if you go to the ‘manage your booking’ section to change the date or time of your trip.
For Business Premier tickets, you have up to 60 days after your trip to apply for a refund (for most places, including Paris). You can cancel and get a refund for your trip anytime before then as well and should receive it in five working days.
What if I Want To Do a Last-Minute Trip From London To Paris?
Okay, I know I told you to book early, but if you’re doing a last-minute trip — it’s kind of unavoidable!
My advice is to be flexible, make sure you’re traveling during off-peak times, a weekend, or a bank holiday to get the best deal.
I hope this helped you prep for your journey. In the meantime, why not read up on how learn a bit of French before your trip?