In the current economic climate, millions of British people are abandoning their plans for holidays in far flung locations in favour of a trip somewhat closer to home. Many will end up staying in the UK for the ultimate budget holiday, but many more will set their sights on the countries a small hop across the English Channel.
There has never been a better time to visit a city like Paris With tourist numbers falling it’s easy to find great deals on hotels, cheap meals in world class restaurants and great bargains in the fashion capital of France. In fact, Paris is such a cheap destination right now that the largest cost involved in a holiday there could well be the transport itself. Flying will cost over £100 per person (plus taxi fares to and from the airports), so for a large family the cost could become prohibitive. The cross Channel ferry used to be the best option for drivers, but with petrol prices through the roof the journey may be unexpectedly expensive, even accounting for the cheap ferry tickets.
So, the best option today for a journey between London and Paris seems to be the train. For many years now the Eurostar has run a regular high speed service from St. Pancras Station in central London to Gare du Nord in central Paris. With return tickets starting from £69 for an adult and just £49 for a child under 12, the train is a good 50% cheaper than a comparable flight.
What’s more, while a flight from Heathrow or Gatwick might be slightly quicker, the train delivers passengers directly from city to city, and with transfer times between airports included the train offers a much faster total journey.
If you’re looking for the cheapest possible far you should, of course, opt for standard class. Leisure and business class tickets are available for significantly more, but since the Eurostar offers a journey time between the cities of just a couple of hours it makes sense to choose a standard ticket. The train is clean and comfortable, and even standard class will offer a more pleasant ride than a business class flight.
So, if you’re planning to visit Paris this year it’s clear that the cheapest method of transport is the train. With 20 departures every day of the year, the St. Pancras – Gare du Nord service is by far the cheapest, quickest and most comfortable way to travel.