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London to Paris and back again in one day? Is it possible? Yes,it definitely is and in fact, it’s one of the best ways to make the most of Paris.

A day trip to Paris from London couldn’t be simpler. Just hop on one of our trains from London St. Pancras and journey to the centre of Paris in just over 2 hours. That means if you jump on the first Eurostar train in the morning you’ll be in your second capital city of the day just in time for your petit dejeuner. And you’ll have the entire day to really get the most out of your day trip to Paris.

Whatever you have packed into your Paris itinerary you can start your day in comfort and style on a Eurostar train from London to Paris. And if you leave your return journey from Paris to London as late as possible, you’ll even be able to sample the sights and sounds of Paris at night. Oui!

So, now you know it’s possible, how will you make the most of your trip to Paris? Whether you’re travelling with the kids, looking for a spontaneous romantic getaway, or just feel like taking in some culture, art and world famous sites, you’ll need to pack your itinerary to perfection.

Any day trip to Paris needs to involve the right blend of the top tourist attractions, with the best places to sample Parisian cuisine shoulder to shoulder with the locals, and the top neighbourhoods to really get that French flavour. Not only do we make Paris day trips possible on our speedy trains between the two cities, we’ve also got the inside track on the best things to do in Paris from our local team and the top tips for making Paris in a day something you’ll never forget.


City or station
City or station

Is it worth going to Paris from London for just a day? Mais oui


While a day in Paris from London might seem ambitious at first, it’s easy when the journey’s so quick and comfortable. And our Eurostar timetable really helps you to make the most of your trip to Paris, with as much time as possible on its famous boulevards. In fact, if you take the first Eurostar and come back on the last, you’ll have more than eleven hours to enjoy in the City of Light. And since Paris is one hour ahead of London, you’ll be back earlier than you might expect. In short, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the capital.

Top Tips

  • Time it right: get the most out of the day, take the 05:40 train out and come back on the 21:13 one.
  • Travel in style: go Standard Premier for a more spacious seat and get breakfast served to you on board.
  • Be prepared: buy your Paris metro tickets at our onboard bar buffet and avoid the queues in Paris.


Top things to do in Paris from our local team


If you only have a short time in the city, it’s important to get the inside track on what to do in Paris in a day. There’s no time to waste reading guidebooks or searching on your phone for inspiration. Our expert team of local Parisian bloggers and influencers know just how to make the most of the city in a short space of time. And they’re on hand to guarantee you do just that.



      Breakfast like a true Parisian

      Hot foot it to the 6th arrondissement and grab a table on the terrace at Les Deux Magots Café. Steeped in history and oh-so-French, it’s perfect for a spot of people-watching. Breakfast like a true Parisian with a café crème and a fresh, flaky croissant or a tartine with lashings of Échiré butter. An indulgent petit déjeuner to set you up for the day.

    • LUNCH

      If there’s one tip to follow in the hunt for your dream déjeuner, it’s to eat where the locals eat. Luckily, there’s no shortage of choice, whether you’re vegetarian, visiting with kids or a romantic lunch à deux.

      The classic French bistro

      Just a ten-minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Gare du Nord, make yourself at home in La Maison Bleue.


      You’ve enjoyed the best that Paris has to offer in terms of food, now it’s time to explore –an essential part of all Paris day trips.

      The islands of Paris

      Two natural islands sit proudly in the midst of this stretch of the River Seine. Île de la Cité, the larger of the two, is home to the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral.


      Think that just because you’re on a day trip to Paris from London means that you can’t enjoy the best of Paris at night? That’s where you’d be wrong. It’s time to make every moment count.

      Parisian nightlife

      Before you hop on the train back to London, why not sample some Parisian nightlife? If you book ahead, you could even catch a concert at the legendary, and newly-renovated, Elysée-Montmartre music hall.

Day trips to Europe

Does a day trip to Paris give you joie de vivre? Want to experience more of Europe in a day? With Eurostar you can make the most of some of the best cities in France and a little further afield in just one day.

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