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Paris to Heathrow – train or plane?

Paris to Heathrow – train or plane?

  1. Debo

    Heading off on a trip to the UK in a few days. At the end, I’ve decided to take a detour and see a friend in Paris for a day. So I’ll need to get back to London for my flight home to SFO from LHR, departing at 14:00.

    Is the timing of the Eurostar reliable? Looking at a train that is scheduled to get into St. Pancras at 10:09. Get in the Tube by 10:30? Heathrow by 11:30?

    I won’t be checking bags and will have checked into my flight online, so I’m okay getting to Heathrow ~2 hours before my flight.

    Wondering if a short morning flight would be the better/safer option or if I can count on the train.

    And thoughts/advice from the OMAAT community would be appreciated.

  2. Anonymous

    The timing [I]should[/I] be pretty reliable — I’d worry more about potential Tube disruptions — but I would probably fly myself. Maybe a cheap flight from Orly, if that’s more convenient to your friend?

  3. No Name

    On the flip side make sure to check that the French are not planing any strikes on your day of travel, that can mess up your plans royally.

  4. Debo

    Thank you [USER=7]@Tiffany[/USER] and [USER=268]@No Name[/USER] . There are two earlier trains which would give me much more time (scheduled arrival at 8:32 and 9:00), so I was just trying to be greedy and actually sleep in my hotel rather than on the train.

    I’ll likely be using my IHG free night certificate at the Intercontinental Le Grand, which is close to Gare du Nord. Easier than staying at my friends tiny tiny apartment in the 7th.

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