Getting home from France on a budget

Sometimes cash can be a little short. Even if not, visiting friends and family can be an expensive trip. This is particularly the case when it’s a bank holiday weekend or similar. So getting home from France on a budget is important as it can leave you with some extra cash to go to the pub or stock up on biscuits when back in the motherland.

There are many ways to travel from France to the UK, obviously you can fly or take the Eurostar from Paris, but when money’s short you can’t compete with Eurolines.

How long does it take?

It may take longer than flying or the train, but you can still get from Paris to London in eight to ten hours. Certain factors can affect the journey time such as:

  • Traffic
  • Time of day
  • Whether the coach takes the tunnel or a ferry
  • Customs and security

What are the coaches like?

I’ve travelled on these coaches a lot, particularly when my wife (girlfriend at the time) and I were separated for nearly a year while she finished studying. The vast majority of the time I’ve been lucky enough to travel on comfortable coaches with decent seats. Occasionally I would be more unlucky, but even then, they aren’t as bad as the buses you used to ride in on school trips.

Coach seats
Unless you’re unlucky you’ll have a comfortable coach similar to this

How do I get there?

If I’m going to take a Eurolines bus from Paris to London, I’ll book my ticket from Paris Gallieni station as this way you’re out of the city much faster. This can be found on Metro Line 3, right at the eastern end of the line.

How much does it cost?

This all depends on the time of year and can be more expensive in holiday periods and at weekends and for bank holidays. Typically, a return ticket from Paris Gallieni to London Victoria in normal circumstances will cost between €35 and €50.

Do you agree or disagree? Let me know your favourite way of getting home on a budget in the comments section below!

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