The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (a move known as "Brexit") formally occurred on January 31, 2020. Following that departure is a transition period lasting until December 31, 2020, during which the U.K. and E.U. will negotiate the terms of their future relationship. This article has been updated as of the January 31st withdrawal, and you can find up-to-date information about details of the transition on the U.K.'s government website.
With only around 300 miles separating the capitals of England and France, it's never been easier-- or quicker--to travel from London to Paris. This is great news for anyone hoping to spend time in both cities during a longer trip to Europe-- or even a shorter one.
There are numerous options for transit between the two capitals, and each has its pros and cons. Explore these below to decide which way is best for you, whether you decide to travel by train, plane or car-- and whatever your budget.
Getting There by Train: Why Taking the Eurostar Can Be Ideal
You can get to Paris from London in less than two and a half hours via the high-speed Eurostar train, which traverses the English channel via the "Chunnel". The London to Paris route on the Eurostar leaves from The St Pancras International rail station in central London and arrives at Paris Gare du Nord station. Some trains stop over in Ashford, UK, Calais and Lille in France among others, but most are direct.
The major advantage of taking the Eurostar? Assuming there are no delays, the total travel time can be shorter than flying, since check-in takes less time and you're traveling from city center to city center. For this reason, it can end up being a better idea to just take the train.
If you're looking for a quick and delicious meal during your transit time at St Pancras or Gare du Nord, see our complete guide to where to eat while waiting for the Eurostar in London or Paris.
What Travel Documents Do You Need to Take For the Eurostar?
You will still need a valid passport to take the Eurostar between the two major cities. If you're a citizen of one of the EU member states, you may still use a valid I.D. card from your home country in lieu of a passport, but we recommend bringing a passport. With Brexit negotiations currently underway, there have been scattered reports of tougher border security checks from UK officers. Bringing a valid passport along is probably best even for EU citizens.
Flights From London to Paris
International carriers including British Airways and Air France offer several daily flights to Paris, as do regional and "low-cost"companies such as Ryanair and Easyjet. Easily connecting London and the French capital, these flights land at either Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport. Flights to Beauvais Airport located in the far outskirts of Paris tend to come with less expensive airfares, but you'll need to plan on at least an extra hour and fifteen minutes to get to central Paris. On balance, it may not be worth the savings, especially when you take into account the extra money spent on bus.
Arriving in Paris by Plane? Ground Transport Options
If you're arriving in Paris by plane, you'll need to figure out how to get to the center of the city from the airports. Read our complete guide to ground transport from Paris' main airports for full details on how to do so with minimal stress and hassle.
Renting a Car and Using the Ferry
It's not the easiest option, but some will want to drive from the UK to Paris via the ferry. Hertz offers competitive deals on European car rentals ((Book direct here). For information on using the ferry system, see this page.
Traveling Elsewhere in Europe?
If so, browse some of our other guides below to getting between Paris and other major European destinations.