I got this query by email:
My cousin and I will be in Paris for only one and a half days. We will arrive in London at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday, then take the Euro Star to Paris where we will spend the rest of Saturday and all of Sunday. We spend the night in Paris Sunday and leave for London the next morning.
My question: What is the best way to get from London Heathrow to St. Pancras Station to board the train to Paris?
Your site was interesting and helpful. We are going to pack a lot into our day and half. Any tips?
Houston, Texas, USA”
Here were my tips!
“There are 3 main options
(1) Catch the Heathrow Express train from any of the Terminals to Paddington. The train only takes about 14 minutes and costs around £10. Then catch the Hammersmith & City Tube Line to Kings Cross St Pancras.
(2) Get on the Picadilly Tube Line from any of the Terminals which goes to Kings Cross St Pancras. This is the easiest as means no changes. It will take from 45 minutes to an hour I think and will cost about £5 each. As the trains start at the airport you will always get a seat and space for luggage. This is best as you will not have to carry your bags so far and change trains.
(3) Get a back cab taxi from outside your terminal. This will be the most costly, and also the hardest to predict how long it will take. Traffic coming in on both the M4 or the M40/ A40 is often really busy. It will cost you around £60 I think.
For tips on Paris read my Ultimate Tips for travelers to Paris or I have a podcast about Paris that you may want to listen to. You can get that via my site that lists the podcasts at https://www.tipsfortravellers.com/podcasts or via iTunes
The best tip I can give is to do the open deck round the city bus tour. This is inexpensive and goes everywhere. It is fantastic. Also if you want to go up the Eiffel Tower you need to be there before it opens in the morning, or you will have hours queueing…”