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

While a day trip to Paris from London 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.


      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


      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.


      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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