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France by Bus, Train, Road – but not by plane!

Don’t want to fly? There are other options for getting to France

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Train from London to Dover Priory, then transfer bus to Dover Eastern Docks, foot passenger ticket from Dover to Calais and then train Calais to Paris – that’s 3 or 4 separate tickets but if needs must…… It will take much longer than the Eurostar – up to 10 hours compared to 2½ and will not always be particularly cheap  at busy periods or short notice

Another option is to look at the long-distance bus services run by SNCF’s Ouibus – London to Paris city centre to city centre takes 10+ hours and standard cost varies by date and how far in advance you can book – although cheaper fares are available for advance booking. Once you’be got to Paris then you have more options available for getting to your final destination – which are unlikely to be so overwhelmed by excess demand as the French are not so reliant on flying for domestic travel. Again train is often a good option – and whilst the TGV lines are fast there are usually cheaper and slower regional trains (TER) on many routes – car hire is another option as is onward travel by bus with Eurolines offering destinations such as

Agen , Aix en Provence,  Angers , Avignon, Bordeaux, Chamonix , Chalon-sur-Saône, Dijon , Grenoble, Lille  Lyon, Marseille, Metz,  Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nancy, Nantes, Nîmes , Niort, Perpignan,  Poitiers, Reims , Rennes, Saintes,  Strasbourg , Toulon, Toulouse , Tours ,Valence  and Paris
For more info on long-distance buses to and within France see SNCF’s Ouibus

For Ferries see P&O Ferries or DFDS (Dover to Calais & Dunkerque, Newhaven – Dieppe)

Brittany Ferries (Portsmouth and Poole  – Caen, Cherbourg, Plymouth – Roscoff (Britanny), Santander (northern Spain), Cork (Ireland) to Roscoff

Condor Ferries (Weymouth – Cherbourg and the Channel Islands)

Stena Line(Harwich – Hook of Holland)

Sail to France with P&O Ferries and Hull – Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Rotterdam (Holland)

DFDS Ferries Newcastle – Amsterdam

For train travel in France bookable from the UK see Loco2.com and Eurostar

For car hire in France see Sixt Rent-a-car

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