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Traveling to Paris from the UK

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Destination - Paris

Paris is a prime tourist destination for its stunning architecture, culture and history and for its unique way of life and style.

Paris is not only the capital of France but it is also the Préfecture of the Ile-de-France Region and has been a département since 1975.

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements or districts and into 80 quartiers or neighbourhoods.

Paris is the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum and palace, Montmartre or the Latin Quarter, but also an endless list of other world-wide acclaimed museums, monuments, sites and public gardens that await your visit.

Traveling to Paris from the UK is obviously more than easy and fast.

Here are the links to the various official sites you'll need:

Traveling to Paris from the UK - Air travel information

Paris' two international airports are owned and managed by Aéroport de Paris.

Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport is located 35km north-east of the city and has 3 Terminals - CDG Terminal 1, CDG Terminal 2, CDG Terminal 3

Orly airport is located 24km south of Paris and has 2 Terminals: Orly Sud and Orly Ouest.

Traveling to Paris from the UK - Ferry travel information

Traveling by ferry from the UK is not the most logical way of transport as you'll need to take a crossing to Calais, Normandy or Brittany then will have a 5/6hour drive journey (off peak hours), not to mention Paris parking fees which are quite expensive.

Brittany Ferries operates from:
- Portsmouth to Caen-Ouistreham, Cherbourg, Le Havre and St Malo
- Poole to Cherbourg
- Plymouth to Roscoff
- Cork to Roscoff

Condor Ferries operates a weekly ferry service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, from late May to early September, and Catamaran services from Poole and Weymouth to Saint Malo via the Channel Islands.

LD Lines - DFDS Seaways operates services from Newhaven to Dieppe and Dover to Calais or Dunkirk.

P&O operates from Dover to Calais.

Traveling to Paris from the UK - Car travel information

Here are the distances using motorways (with tolls) and/or dual-carriage ways from:

- Calais to Paris (293km)

- Caen-Ouistreham to Paris (244km)

- Cherbourg to Paris (356km)

- Le Havre to Paris (197km)

- Roscoff to Paris (561km)

- Saint-Malo to Paris (418km)

N.B. The speed limit on two-way roads changed on 1st JULY 2018.

Traveling to Paris from the UK - Car Rental travel information

Car Rental companies at Aéroport Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Aéroport Orly

Traveling to Paris from the UK - Rail travel information

Eurotunnel links Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes.

Eurostar links London St Pancras to Paris - Gare du Nord in 2h20 or 2h30, with an average of 15 trains per weekday; gates close 40mn prior to departure.

Here's a list of tourist sites and museums to visit in Paris

Town-hall of Auvers-sur-Oise by Van Gogh

August 8 2020

Auvers-sur-Oise, Van Gogh’s last place of residence

The small town of Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris, was once a quiet village where Van Gogh spent the last 70 days of his life and painted 78 canvases
Chateau de Raray, a superb illustration of French Classical

August 1 2020

Chateau de Raray, the setting for Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast movie

The elegant Classical Chateau de Raray, north of Paris, served as setting for the filming of Cocteau's movie Beauty and the Beast
Saint-Blaise-des-Simples Chapel in Milly la Foret

July 23 2020

Saint-Blaise-des-Simples Chapel, Jean Cocteau’s burial-place

The poet Jean Cocteau is buried in Saint-Blaise-des-Simples Chapel in Milly-la-Forêt, a chapel he decorated during the restoration work of 1959
Richelieu mausoleum in front of high altar in Sorbonne Chapel

June 5 2020

Sorbonne Chapel and Cardinal de Richelieu tomb

Sorbonne chapel, the college’s private chapel, is a masterpiece of French classical architecture that houses Cardinal Richelieu’s mausoleum
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