Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Ian at Holiday Parks 4 U about the benefits of a side trip to Paris from London.
The Eurostar caused a revolution when it first opened in 1994 – the first high-speed passenger train service between London, Paris and Brussels, all operating within the Channel Tunnel and offering wonderfully speedy travel times, compared to more traditional methods of transport.
Suddenly Paris has become just a few hours away from the London terminal of St Pancras. There are additional stops at Ashford in Kent and Ebbsfleet International, along with Calais and Lille in France. Additional limited services also operate to Disneyland Paris and to seasonal destinations in southern France.
Eurostar also caused a revolution in travel comfort, bringing back the golden age of train travel with its luxurious coaches, plush decor and excellent services. Online food and drink provision was of French-style quality with delicious snacks and sandwiches, mini wine bottles and hot drinks available at excellent quality. The seats have ample leg room, the train is smooth and quiet, and the windows are large, letting you watch the English and French countryside whiz past.
Tickets start at just £69 to Paris and are easy to book online. Once at the London terminal, travel couldn’t be easier. Connections are simple from the London station and there is a comfortable and well serviced waiting and administration area where travelers show their passports and documentation and have bags checked. Restaurants, shops and other facilities are available while you wait to get on board.
Once in France, take advantage of a long stay or whirlwind tour, taking in the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and other key sites in this glorious romantic city. Where possible, pre-book your tickets to avoid having to queue up for too long, and plan your trip carefully.
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