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By coach/bus London to Paris

Where a nine hour bus/coach trip might not be everyone's first choice as a means of getting from London to Paris, for the budget traveller it provides an inexpensive option. Even with with very cheap 'low-cost' air travel, once you factor in the cost of getting to the airports (which are outside Paris itself) and the stress this can prove to be an attractive alternative.

There are a couple of 'main players' plus many independent tour operators offering this service.

Eurolines operates coaches from London to Paris as part of 'National Express'. Coaches leave London Victoria for Paris Gallieni coach station four times a day, with two daytime buses to London at 10:30 and 14:00 and two night buses to London at 22:00 and 23:00.

The total bus time from London to Paris can take up to 9 hours depending on traffic, coach schedules and ferry timings.


Megabus operates a direct coach service from London to Paris, via Boulogne. The service actually starts from Birmingham, then goes via Coventry before stopping in London for Boulogne and Paris. A one-way ticket costs from 1 to 40,depending on when you book.

In Paris the coach arrives at the Porte Maillot coach park, next to the Palais de Congres de Paris. This is a good central location, near the Porte Maillot Metro station, which is just two stops from the Arc de Triomphe.


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