Day trips to Paris

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

While a day trip to Paris might seem ambitious at first, it’s easy when the journey’s so quick and comfortable.

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.

 

What to do in a day? Let our team of locals inspire you 

 

The real secret is to be prepared. So swap apps and websites for these tips from our local in-the-know guides.

    • MORNING

      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. Their famous French bistro dishes look as fabulous as the mixture of modern and vintage French décor. Though if the sun has his chapeau on, it’s even lovelier to eat sur la terrasse.

      The romantic lunch

      If you’re hungry for amour, head over to Le 52, take a seat at one of their marble-topped tables and prepare to be wowed by the most sensational seasonal fish dishes you've ever tasted.

      Travelling with kids?

      Chez Jeanette serves up simple, quintessentially French food (our favourite’s the cheeseboard) as well as kid-friendly burgers and frites. Pizza-lovers should make a beeline for Lucky Luciano, along the pretty Cour des Petites Écuries.

    • AFTERNOON

      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.

    • EVENING

      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.

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